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    Venice '11 Review: Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Is A Teen Vampire Tale Without Any Fangs

    It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here is Mary Harron, who since her 1996 debut "I Shot Andy Warhol" had only made two other films: "American Psycho," and the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page," the latter of which was five whole years ago. None of her films to date have been stellar, but she's always displayed more than enough filmmaking nous to make an upcoming Harron picture something to look forward to.

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    Public's Choice for "Pariah" Movie Poster Announced, and Official Release Dates

    The people have spoken. Focus Features has revealed the moviegoing public’s choice of the official theatrical release poster for Dee Rees' Pariah.

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    The Guy Behind 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'Dark Shadows' Is Making A 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

    It's been nothing but high-brow festival movies for the past little while, hasn't it? Well, here's some news from the Hollywood we know and love, as yet another '80s movie is going to get dusted off and updated or whatever.

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    New Pics From 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Dark Horse,' 'Wild Salome,' '4:44 Last Day On Earth' & 'W.E.'

    Can't make it to any of the festivals? Or didn't get the selections you wanted while shopping for your TIFF tickets? Well, hopefully these pics will tide you over. The Venice Film Festival has a plethora of new looks at some films that will be making waves this fall.

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    Keke Palmer Cast in Indie Teen Film "Virgin Mary"

    Keke Palmer will soon co-star in Virgin Mary, an independent film described as a coming-of-age story in the tradition of Sixteen Candles.

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    Simply the Worst: Woody Allen's "Anything Else"

    We’re some forty years into the career of Woody Allen, America’s most consistent—and perhaps consistently undervalued—filmmaker, and it’s become almost impossible for cinephiles, and even casual movie connoisseurs, to abstain from participating in the annual combing-over of his oeuvre that accompanies his each new release. Which one’s the best? Which one’s the worst? How about a complete ranking from #1 to #41? (Spend five seconds on Google, and you’ll find a few.) It’s almost a sport. I recently passed a soused evening at a party separating the wheat from the chaff via pithy one-liners with a group of similarly Allen-versed comrades. It took some time—it’s easy to forget how many Woody Allen movies you’ve seen until you actively try to remember them all.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sexism Watch: NY Times Piece on Toronto Docs Includes No Women Directed Films

    It's so fascinating how a genre supposedly equally divided between males and females can be made to seem so completely dominated by men. For those people who don't know much about documentaries and the great, amazing women who make films you'd think we lived in a world where only men directed docs...kind of like the feature film business.

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/06/11 (Idris Elba, Anika Noni Rose, Naomie Harris and Rosie Perez)

    Idris Elba welcomes 39 today. The London native, who also deejays under the name "Big Driis the Londoner," has appeared in numerous film and tv productions which include Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, Law & Order, Dangerfield, CSI: Miami, Soul Food, The Wire, Sometimes In April, The Gospel, The Reaping, 28 Weeks Later, Daddy's Little Girls, This Christmas, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Obsessed, Prom Night, The Office, Legacy, Takers and Losers among others. Currently, he stars in the hit tv series Luther and will appear in the upcoming films Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as well as Prometheus.

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    New Photos of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    There is probably no film this fall hitting the festival circuit harder than David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." Having already screened at Venice and Telluride, the film will play TIFF and NYFF next for what Sony Pictures Classics hopes will result in some kind of awards season recognition.

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    Preview "SEED", a New Play Tackling Issues of the 1980s Crack Epidemic

    This month, Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip-Hop Theater Festival present the Off-Broadway premiere of SEED, an award-winning play exploring themes of abandonment, poverty, class differences and byproducts of the crack epidemic that swept through Harlem in the 1980s and 1990s.

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