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    New Pics: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn,' 'Three Musketeers' & 'Stranger Tides'

    A bunch of new pics to start your week, so let's dive right in, shall we?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Clive Owen's House Is Haunted In 'Intruders' Trailer From Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

    Spanish helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo got himself onto the Hollywood radar fairly quickly with the one-two punch of "Intacto" followed by the solid "28 Weeks Later." He's already tipped for "The Crow" reboot/remake -- though that seems to be tied up in legal woes for the moment -- but he's got another film on the way that will try to spook you silly.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott Talk Girls With Guns

    One of the fun things that is happening in the NY Times is that they have unleashed their film critics to talk casually about films on different topics. It's so nice to hear opinions from Manohla Dargis -- and Scott -- not in the context of a review. This past weekend the two discussed the new trend of young women kicking ass in films. Both of them are very thoughtful in their comments with Dargis getting some great digs in on the lacks of female role sin films in general.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tristan Patterson Talks Form of 'Dragonslayer' And Creating An Authentic Experience

    Writer and director Tristan Patterson is flying pretty high right now. His first feature-length film "Dragonslayer" just won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and he's in the middle of negotiations for distribution. The film follows Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a pool skateboarder from California, in his daily wanderings. Patterson took some time while promoting his film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston to sit down with us to talk about the odd form of his documentary, what type of viewer he's interested in and what it was like to win a major award after only one film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 Tony Awards Nominations Announced Tomorrow; A Quick Look At Eligible Black Performers/Shows

    Star of stage and screen, Anika Noni Rose, will join Matthew Broderick in announcing the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor), tomorrow morning, May 3rd; and this year's list of potentials has a decent representation of African American talent, some who just might actually walk away with some hardware when the awards ceremony is held on Sunday June 12th, broadcast live, beginning at 8/7c on CBS.

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    SFIFF ’11: Terence Stamp Talks About Working With Fellini, Bill Clinton the ‘Priscilla’ Fan

    Friday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, actor Terence Stamp (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “Valkyrie”) was presented with the Peter J. Owens award for excellence in acting. To celebrate the award, Stamp appeared on stage with film critic Elvis Mitchell to tell stories of a decades-long career that saw him rise to the level of leading man, then experience a period as a bit part player, and then journey back into the spotlight. Following the conversation was a screening of the rarely shown “Toby Dammit,” the Stamp-starring and Federico Fellini-directed segment of the 1968 Edgar Allen Poe adaptation collection called “Spirits of the Dead.”

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jordan Passman "Value What You Use: The Film + Music Equation"

    Just because you can do something, does that mean that you should. Do short term needs always outweigh long term goals? Does obtaining services for less than they are worth make you a good producer?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Tribeca Film Festival And American Express Want Your Movie Pitch!

    In short... The Tribeca Film Festival and American Express are now accepting pitches via their My Movie Pitch contest on YouTube. Winners will see their pitches made into short films that will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; and in addition, you’ll win a trip to NYC for the film's premiere.

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  • The Playlist
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    Luke Evans & Kristin Scott Thomas Join Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

    Just a little bit of a history lesson before we begin: Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn had originally planned to shoot "Only God Forgives" before a little project called "Drive" with Ryan Gosling fell into his lap. And while he went off to shoot the upcoming Cannes-competing flick, "Only God Forgives" stayed on his radar, and last summer he said that not only did he still plan to make it, he would starting lensing once he was finished up with "Drive." More recently, composer Cliff Martinez -- who has scored "Drive" -- told us in an extensive interview that while he's tentatively talked to Refn about "Logan's Run," the director was planning another film in between. And it looks like Refn is sticking to that schedule and is beginning to round up a cast.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Canada Votes.

    The past two weeks leading up to today's 41st Canadian election was been a total whirlwind for me in terms of political optimism and engagement. What started as yet another boring and predictable election suddenly and downright magically has turned itself around... I don't want to get my hopes up... But today could really be a historic day in which the Canadian electorate got some balls (thanks in large part to the ridiculously inspiration people of Quebec) and demanded radical change in our parliament. I've voted in 3 federal elections prior to this, each time witnessing a campaign that resulted in a government that I didn't feel represented me or my community. Each time I tried really, really hard to feel inspired. To feel like my country was capable of something beyond the expected. But nothing exciting ever happened, and the more and more politically pessimistic I grew. But there is something in the air right now. For the first time in my experience as an eligible voter, the Canadian people seem to actually be engaged and inspired and whatever goes down today I have to just feel grateful for getting to witness that. Maybe my optimism is doomed to be crushed by day's end and Stephen Harper's Conservatives will take the majority they've always dreamed of and destroy everything I love about my home and native land. But right now polls are suggesting that Jack Layton's left-wing NDPs - who have never even been considered a possibility as far as forming government is concerned - could take 100+ seats and form the official opposition, or - in the dreamiest of all situations - actually form government. So please, please, please if you're Canadian go and vote today and make Orange Monday the reality we're dreaming of...

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