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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "New and Compelling Options for DIY Distribution"

    Orly Ravid co-founded the Film Collaborative and has been providing us with a great series of posts on the changing market and options for independent filmmakers and their work. Her generosity and commitment is an inspiration. She is a brave thinker.

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  • The Playlist
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    Diane Lane "Tremendously Excited" To Be Working With Michael Shannon In 'Man Of Steel'

    EXCLUSIVE: Film nerds and comic geeks came together for a brief shining moment earlier this week when it was announced that celebrated character actor Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire," "Revolutionary Road," "Shotgun Stories") had landed the juicy role of General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman film "Man Of Steel." It's a nervy bit of casting, one that Shannon himself revealed the studio wasn't hot on initially, insisting that he at least do a cursory screen test opposite Henry Cavill. But Shannon impressed and Snyder got his way, and one of the actor's fellow castmates is certainly glad to have him along for the ride as well.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Are Just Not Fundamentally Funny: John Belushi

    Since I am traveling I haven't been able to watch the Oprah from yesterday which was a SNL reunion that included Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey and Dana Carvey.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Battlestar Galactica' Veteran Mark Verheiden To Co-Write & Exec Produce 'Dark Tower' TV Series

    Considering the lack of adventurous spirit shown across his entire directing career to date, it's still kind of staggering to think about the ambition of Ron Howard's next project. An adaptation of the seven books in Stephen King's dense, meta-textual, sometimes-just-plain-weird "The Dark Tower" series, planned to stretch across three films and two separate TV series, mostly using the same cast, it's truly something of a scope that's never really been attempted before. And somehow, despite our gut telling us that Howard would find it tricky to land an A-lister considering the scope of the project, he looks to have signed up the much-in-demand Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as the gunslinging hero of the series. Not too shabby so far, then.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Mann Hopes To Spin 'Gold' With 'Treasure Of The Sierra Madre'-Esque Tale By Paul Haggis

    It has been a couple of years since Michael Mann's period gangster pic "Public Enemies" which, depending on who you ask, was either an underrated gem or (in this writer's opinion) a moody misfire. That's not to say Mann hasn't been busy. He's got the HBO horse racing drama led by Dustin Hoffman coming around the track and he's got more than a couple options for his next feature including the medieval tale "Agincourt" and another gangster pic in "Big Tuna" which "Up In The Air" writer Sheldon Turner was brought on to write last fall. In addition he's got the war photog biopic on Robert Capa in the works, and now, Mann has added another pic to his growing plate.

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar Winning 'Milk' Scribe Dustin Lance Black To Adapt Green Day Musical 'American Idiot'

    The Broadway hit is no longer the dead cert for a transfer to a big-screen that it once was, but as ever, if studio executives see the queues forming on the Great White Way, they smell the kind of built-in audience that makes their lives easier, even if the path to the big-screen proves trickier than it used to be. The new management at Universal, in particular, having made a pretty penny with "Mamma Mia" a few years back, seem convinced that the stage musical is as fruitful a subject for adaptation as it was in its 1960s heyday: the company has hired recently-minted Oscar winner Tom Hooper for the long-running musical "Les Miserables," and has been developing a version of "The Wizard Of Oz"-themed megahit "Wicked" for some time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' To Open Un Certain Regard; 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Headed For Cannes

    Just one day to go until Thierry Fremaux reveals the full lineup of films set to unspool at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a couple more titles have been announced in advance of the fest. Joining "The Tree Of Life" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" -- both of which are set to screen out of competition -- are two more titles, one arthouse fave and one blockbuster movie for everyone else.

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  • Caryn James
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    The "Game of Thrones" Sideshow: The Food, The Weather App, The Feud

    You can’t have a megaseries without tie-ins. And while I’m not a great fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones (here’s my review) I am amused by the hype and ancillary merchandise.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Blogging Advisory

    I'm on my way to the International Women's Film Festival in Dortmund, Germany. I'm going to be on the jury. I will hopefully be blogging about my experience as a jury member and will try and keep up with news of Hollywood as much as possible.

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  • Spout
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    What's Your Favorite Civil War Movie?

    150 years ago today, the American Civil War began with the Confederate Army's bombardment of Fort Sumter. Turner Classic Movies has already begun celebrating the anniversary with films set during the war aired on Monday and Wednesdays all month (the controversial "Birth of a Nation" was on last night). And there are likely other cinematic tributes elsewhere. The Civil War has been the focus or the backdrop of a whole lot of movies, enough that it would be quite difficult to attempt a list of favorites. So instead I'm looking to readers to name one or a few of their own.

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