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    Jeremy Irvine & Helena Bonham Carter Circle Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

    If the name Jeremy Irvine is meaningless to you, don't worry, that will soon change. The National Youth Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company actor -- and player in the the Brit series "Life Bites" -- was handpicked last year by Steven Spielberg to star in his upcoming WWI drama "War Horse" and now it looks like the actor is ready to take on one of the giants of literature with veteran Brit thesp possibly joining him.

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    Poster & Pics From Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's Cannes Entry 'The Kid With The Bike'

    Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne are Cannes Film Festival veterans and favorites. Ever since "Rosetta" took the Palme d'Or in 1999, all their films since have not only played in competition at Cannes, they've also won prizes -- that's right, they have two Palme d'Or, one Ecumenical and one screenplay prize from Cannes. Not too shabby. Well, they're back on the Croisette this year and if we were betting men, we'd put money down on them walking away with something.

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    Snubbed? Who's Missing In The 2011 Cannes Line-Up?

    As one of the most highly anticipated film festivals on the planet -- the Olympics of cinema as it were -- each spring the looming arrival of the Cannes Film Festival line-up brings with it a near feeding frenzy of anticipation (except for those actually awaiting the summer tentpole season).

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    Transmedia Hollywood 2: A Moment With Tracey Robertson

    Another entry by guest blogger, Meredith Levine. Meredith Levine is a second year MA student of Cinema and Media Studies in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. At Transmedia Hollywood 2: Visual Culture and Design she interviewed Tracey Robertson of Hoodlum, a transmedia production company located in Australia. Tracey Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Hoodlum. She might be most recognizable in the United States for working with ABC Marketing and program producers to create a multiplatform campaign to run between seasons 4 and 5 of ABC’s hit series “Lost” called “Dharma Wants You”. The project ran over 8 months and earned Hoodlum, ABC marketing and the producers of the show a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy®. Robertson and her team were also responsible for the popular multiplatform campaign “Find815” created for the launch of season 4 of “Lost,” which earned Hoodlum a Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy® nomination in 2008.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: David Van Taylor "R.I.P. Ricky Leacock... Long Live 'FILM TRUTH'?"

    What is it that a camera sees? Do we need to accept and conform to the dominant storytelling paradigms, or is there actually more that we can be striving for? Perhaps no life and work embodies these questions as well as Ricky Leacock. Filmmaker David Van Taylor guest posts today with an examination of him and these issues, and the difference between documentary and essay film. There is a lot that can be said about these subjects, certainly enough for a six hour documentary AND many blog posts.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Film Festival Lineup: The Women

    I don't know what Thierry Fremaux was smoking but whatever it was he should pass it around to other film festival programmers, because this year the Cannes Film Festival has four films by women in competition. Remember, last year there were NONE. While it is still nowhere near equal -- 4 out of 19 for a still lousy 21% -- it is way better than the big ZERO of last year.

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    George Clooney Will Produce & Possibly Direct Movie About 2008 Bailout

    Picture To Be Written By 'Stranger Than Fiction' ScreenwriterSigh, do we really need another movie about the economic collapse? Michael Moore tried to address the issue with his rush job documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" and he was bested by the immensely better, Oscar-winning "Inside Job." We've also got "Margin Call" and "Too Big To Fail" around the corner; we're kind of exhausted on this topic already. But damn if we can't raise a bit of interest when George Clooney comes sniffing around the subject.

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    My 7 Films to Watch at Cannes 2011

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Um... The Trailer For Taylor Launter's Post-"Twilight" Attempt at a Career Actually Looks Kinda Good

    Is it just me? Or does Taylor Launter's first real attempt at a career beyond "Twilight" - mistaken identity action flick "Abduction" - actually look like a lot of cheesy-action-movie fun? I'm sold on the "Bourne", Jr. premise, and serious bonus points the great supporting cast (Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello). I would probably watch this ten times before taking on "Water For Elephants" (or half of the summer movie lineup, for that matter).

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    Sally Field to Take on Mary Todd Lincoln in Spielberg Biopic

    Looks like Sally Field will have an opportunity for a third Oscar if this movie turns out as good as it sounds. Field takes on the female lead of Mary Todd Lincoln In Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln which is based on the book Team of Rivals by Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. It also doesn't hurt that the script is by playwright Tony Kushner who also wrote Munich.

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