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  • Hope for Film
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    What's The First Best Lesson You Learned About The Film Business?

    In Graham Taylor's rousing cry for more entrepreneurialism in the film biz (aka LAIFF Keynote), he stated: "my 1st important lesson in Hwood: the most dangerous thing in this biz is apathy & cynicism" . That got me wondering. I tweeted: "What's the best first lesson you learned about the film business?" I got a lot of good responses. These are some of those:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rosario Dawson, Quntion "Rampage" Jackson Join Cast Of "Fire With Fire" w/ 50 Cent & Bruce Willis

    Rosario Dawson will play the female lead in indie drama Fire With Fire opposite Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Josh Duhamel. Also joining the cast are NFL Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (making his acting debut), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Human Rights Watch Int. Film Fest: The Price of Sex - directed by Mimi Chakarova

    The Price of Sex is one of those films that haunt you. I watched it over a week ago and I still cannot get it out of my mind. The film painstakingly depicts the brutal reality of how easily women and girls are trafficked all across the world. This film in particular focuses on girls from Eastern Europe. It shows how lives are devastated, how women are brutalized and battered and dumped when they are finished with. It shows the decimation of families and towns. And it shows the shattering of hopes and dreams for the future. The trafficking of women and girls is one of the most important human rights issues of our time. If this continues to go unchecked (and condoned by governments) we will lose generations of women all across the world to this abomination.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Fast & Furious 6" In Motion; 2013 Release Date Set

    I won't be surprised if the franchise goes to 7, 8, 9, 10 and beyond... I haven't seen Fast Five yet... didn't even see Fast & Furious 4.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rappers Review Movies - KRS-One Reviews "Bad Teacher"

    Part of NextMovie.com's “Rappers Review Movies” series... here hip-hop legend KRS-One critiques Bad Teacher, which opened nationwide this weekend. If interested in previous installments of the series click HERE.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Screenwriters Talk A Better Life: From Capracorn and Social Realism to Weitz and Bichir

    Indie dramas are the toughest movies to make. 'Twas ever thus. And so it took 22 years for A Better Life to hit screens--and Twilight: New Moon. Off that hit, director Chris Weitz was able to parlay some good will at Summit into backing a modest low key $10 million L.A. drama about a laconic, hard-working single father (Demian Bichir), an illegal immigrant gardener who wants the best for his son (Jose Julian). Sounds like Capracorn? Well, that's how Manito screenwriter Eric Eason described Roger Simon's original screenplay at our Landmark Cinema Q & A Thursday Night. The writer of Enemies, a Love Story was given the germ of an idea--a gardener's truck is stolen--and inspired a bit by Italian classic The Bicycle Thief, the story was born.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nicole Beharie: Screen Test (Video)

    Back-story available at the Nicole Beharie Online blog HERE.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Jackie Brown Coming To Blu-Ray (...But There's a Catch)

    Well, I've been waiting for this to happen, and finally it is. Lionsgate Home Video announced earlier this week that Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown with Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro and Robert Forester is finally coming out on blu-ray DVD, on October 4th.

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    More: New On DVD
  • The Playlist
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    Lucy Punch Says Her Character In 'Bad Teacher' Was Inspired By Sarah Palin

    Dry Humping, Vomit, Boobs & More We Things Learned About From The Cast Of The FilmWhen you get a group of people together who are as funny as the motley crew in "Bad Teacher," things not only get outrageous onscreen but offscreen as well. Such was the case a few days ago in Manhattan, when we joined the press to visit Lucy Punch, Thomas Lennon, Phyllis Smith and the radiant Cameron Diaz to talk about the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    He Just Wasn't Made For These Times: 'The Messenger' Scribe Oren Moverman Pens Brian Wilson Biopic

    Diablo Cody? You might want to sit down, we've got some bad news. Only at the start of the week, the "Juno" Oscar-winner told a panel at the L.A. Film Festival that her dream project was to write a biopic of legendary, troubled Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson. Unfortunately for Cody, it seems that the project is moving forward, but she's nowhere to be seen, with another Oscar-nominee getting the scripting job instead.

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