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    Watch First Trailer For Global Documentary Experiment "Life In A Day"

    Here's the trailer for a project that was announced back in July last year, 2010, and that we've been covering since; It’s called Life In A Day, produced by Sir Ridley Scott, and directed Kevin Macdonald in what they called a historic global experiment to create the world’s largest user-generated feature film: a documentary, shot in a single day, by YOU.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For '30 Minutes Or Less' With Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari & Danny McBride

    A red band trailer has arrived giving us our first look at "30 Minutes or Less," director Ruben Fleischer's R-rated comedy follow-up to "Zombieland" -- and can we say we want a little bit more?

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  • The Playlist
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    Tony Gilroy Wants Joel Edgerton For 'The Bourne Legacy'

    Studio Eyes James McAvoy Or Shia LaBeouf But May Want Aussie Actor For 'Snow White & The Huntsman'Aussie actor Joel Edgerton is on the cusp of making a major mark in Hollywood. The 36-year-old actor has never been lacking for work. Acclaimed turns in "The Square" and "Animal Kingdom" put him firmly on the Hollywood radar and 2011 is already shaping up to be a helluva year as he's already set for the Tom Hardy MMA flick "Warrior" and the big budget "The Thing" prequel. He's also currently filming the indie flick "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." All that's left for the actor to solidify his place among the top leading men is a franchise, and it looks like he's got a couple to choose from.

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  • Hope for Film
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    A "Career" In Indie Film? Better Have That Second Job Lined Up...

    I don't want to discourage anyone to not pursue their dreams. I just want to encourage people to do it in a realistic manner. On the other hand, I also don't think anyone should live their life dedicated to being safe and secure. We do need to pursue and push for better things. But then again, I also don't think anyone should be reckless in that pursuit. Cracking the code about trying the impossible (aka a life in the arts) is a back and forth proposition, and success is often based on good timing as much as merit.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer

    Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer

    Kelly Reichardt teaches filmmaking at Bard College in New York, and writes and directs rigorous low-budget indie films on the side. Her latest, Meek's Cutoff, is even better than her last, Wendy and Lucy, which was better than Old Joy, which I found a tough slog. Star Michelle Williams may have made some of the difference on the last two, but perhaps in spite of herself, Reichardt's austere, thoughtful films are gaining accessibility as she goes along. In person, she's seriously charming. Herewith, Professor Reichardt's tips for making a good indie movie:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Full Frame Film Fest 2011 Review - "Take Me Away Fast"

    The 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival ended last week Sunday. On the scene at the festival's North Carolina location was Shadow And Act woman-about-town, Ms Alece Oxendine.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sean Penn Was Set To Star In Zach Braff's 'Open Hearts' Before It Fell Apart At The Last Minute

    You might not remember this, but way, way back in the day -- and not too long after "Garden State" hit it big -- Zach Braff had an ambitious plan to do a remake of Susanne Bier's grim drama "Open Hearts." The story follows an engaged couple who deal with the aftermath of a car crash that leaves the man paralyzed from the waist down, and to make matters more complicated, the woman falls in love with the husband of the person who caused the accident. Fun times! Braff said he was drawn to the material because it managed to be about "lust, love, loneliness and so many things and dealt with them in a way an American movie typically wouldn't." And while that film obviously never happened, we'll always be left wondering what could have been because the actor/director reveals he had some top-shelf talent lined up for it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tribeca Film Fest 2011 Review - "The Bang Bang Club"

    It's screening tonight at the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, and will be in theaters this weekend.

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    Review: 'Legend Of The Fist' Is Probably Worth Telling...Once

    This Friday sees the release of "Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen." For the uninitiated, Chen Zhen is kind of a big deal in Hong Kong, so the subtitle is meant to refer to the character as played by Donnie Yen (here reprising his role) in a hit television series. The series borrows both from historical myth and a previous Bruce Lee film, so there's the slight assumption that you don't exactly need elaboration regarding Zhen's identity. Essentially, imagine if you had never heard of Indiana Jones but were now watching, "Young Indiana Jones: The Movie." We forgive your confusion.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Filmmaker Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" Gets A Trailer For The USA Crowd

    I first profiled Richard Ayoade in June 2009, as a member of a small group of UK Stars of Tomorrow – the next generation of young British actors and filmmakers set to wow global audiences, based on their “impressive” recent past performances.

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