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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Bob Persons "Herzog Astrology"

    There are a lot of barriers to entry in the film business. Gender,race, and class get a lot of attention (but still not enough to facilitate significant change... yet). For many reasons, indie film is also looked at as the domain of youth. We hear all kinds of stories of Sundance whiz kids bursting on the scene. But what about those of later years, who have lived some serious chunks of life before stepping behind the camera? Can something be done to encourage more work from an older sector? What would that yield?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'Puss In Boots' Introduces Prison Rape Jokes To The 'Shrek' Franchise

    Last year's "Shrek Forever After" was billed as the "final chapter" in the DreamWorks fairytale franchise, but with the four films grossing nearly $3 billion worldwide between them ("Shrek 2" remains the fifth biggest domestic grosser), the likelihood of Katzenberg & Co leaving the series alone was minimal. And so, barely 18 months after the fourth "Shrek," we'll see "Puss In Boots," a spin-off focusing on the Zorro-esque kitty voiced by Antonio Banderas in the second, third and fourth films.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Indisputable Swagger" By Tahir Jeter (Fundraising; Maybe I Should Add That It's Mildly NSFW?)

    Tahir Jeter - whose short film Close (a 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection), has been highlighted previously on this site - is fundraising for his next film titled A Reasonable Doubt, which is a Fractured Atlas-sponsored project.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Wet Hot American Summer' Director David Wain Says He's Thinking About A Sequel/Prequel

    Says Universal Won't Release A 10th Anniversary Edition DVDIt may be hard to believe but it's been ten years since "Wet Hot American Summer" hit theatres. It probably doesn't feel like that long because not many people saw it upon it's initial release. After making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, the camp comedy received only a perfunctory theatrical release that next summer and died at the box office, collecting less than $300,000 during its run. But fans began to discover the film on DVD, quoting it, having themed parties and suddenly the former flop became one of the biggest cult films of the past decade. This writer can remember seeing it shortly after it was released on DVD and then screening it repeatedly for any houseguest who hadn't yet seen the film.

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  • Spout
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    "Eat the Sun" is an Extremely Fascinating Doc About the Unebelievable World of Sungazing

    Here's an idea for Steven Spielberg: the next "Indiana Jones" movie follows the iconic archaeologist into a new phase of his life where he's founded a sect of Christianity based in part around "sungazing," an ancient practice of staring into the sun daily for an extended period of time as a source of biological and spiritual nourishment. And maybe he's also completely given up eating. Sounds wackier and more unlikely than the fridge-nuking scene, or anything else, in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," right? But truth is of course stranger than fiction, and this is actually part of the amazing new documentary "Eat the Sun," which premieres on The Documentary Channel tonight.

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    More: Home Video
  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Cars 2' Features All New Parts, But With Less Than Pleasing Results

    Brightly colored, heartwarming, and making expansive narrative sweeps with an incredibly limited running time, it's the kind of bold, splashily produced film that has rarely graced multiplex screens this summer. But its biggest accomplishment might be that it reunites us with old friends (some of them more familiar than others); the cinematic equivalent of a warm, cathartic (but never saccharine or overtly sentimental) hug.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Press for Transformers 3 Starts With Bashing Megan Fox

    I'm sorry, but how did Megan Fox's departure from Transformers 3 become a big press hook for the movie? Is the movie so bad that they need to distract from the actual movie to events that happened two years ago?

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    More: Sexism
  • The Playlist
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    Jason Keller Signs On To Write Vampire Pic ‘The Passage’ For Matt Reeves

    Jason Keller is having one hell of a year. Rarely does a screenwriter gain the amount of notoriety as quickly as he has in just a few months. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the writer will collaborate with director Matt Reeves to write the adaptation of Justin Cronin’s 2009 bestseller “The Passage” for Fox 2000.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gossip Girl' Star Penn Badgley Will Play Jeff Buckley (But Not In The Movie You Thought)

    It's been a confusing last few days. "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley was rumored to be playing Jeff Buckley in the long gestating biopic that is set to be directed by Jake Scott. The word was getting so heated that co-producer Orian Williams told Pop & Hiss that the word around Badgley in the developing biopic was flatly wrong. "Penn is not involved in the film at all," Williams said. "It's crazy how these stories get out." Well, he was both right and wrong. Badgley won't be playing Jeff Buckley in his film, but as it turns out, he's playing the singer in another movie about his life.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Wanderer Returns: Warren Beatty Planning New Comedy For Paramount

    This is what they call a turn up for the books: Warren Beatty is returning to make an untitled comedy for Paramount after a decade-long absence from our screens. The timing seems a little odd. His wife since 1992, Annette Bening, has never had a healthier career, and he was subject to a lavish AFI retrospective three years ago that seemed as if the filmmaking community was finally putting the old dinosaur out to pasture. But Deadline announces that Beatty is to “come home” to the studio that he won numerous Academy Awards for with a "quintessential Beatty, elegantly written and wonderfully entertaining” script penned by the actor that is to go into production later in the year. Oh, Warren, what’s that Carly Simon song called again?

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