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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF Is First US Festival to Join Festival Scope, Online Viewing Platform for Industry Pros

    The San Francisco International Film Festival is the first U.S. festival to join Festival Scope, the new Internet platform that enables festival selections to be screened to industry professionals worldwide. Other festivals already involved are Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique, the Berlinale, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and festivals in Rotterdam, Locarno, Melbourne, Guadalajara, Valdivia and Cartagena.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Celebs Sell: 2010 Ten Bestseller Magazine Covers Led by Sandra Bullock, Dr. Oz and Angelina Jolie

    News flash: Celebrities sell magazines. AdWeek reports the ten best-selling magazine covers last year: 1. Sandra Bullock (7.4 million copies, People)2. Dr. Oz (7m, Women's World)3. Angelina Jolie (5m, Vanity Fair)4. Bachelor Jake (3.6m, Us)5. Royal Wedding (3.2m, Life & Style)6. Lady Gaga (2.8m, Cosmopolitan)7. Teen Mom (2.75, OK)8. The Kardashians (2.7m, In Touch)9. Jennifer Aniston (2.6m, Bazaar)10. The Twilight Series, including Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz (2.4m, Men's Health).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oprah on Broadway?

    Oprah Winfrey may be headed to Broadway. When Chris Rock appeared on her talk show Friday, their discussion of Rock's current Broadway show The ____________ With the Hat led to an exchange about Winfrey's own Broadway aspirations.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

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  • The Playlist
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    Madonna Reportedly Working With William Orbit & Abel Korzeniowski On Classical Score For 'W.E.'

    For her sophomore directorial effort "W.E.," Madonna is certainly surrounding herself with some solid talent. She's got Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy to lead the cast in the highly ambitious film, that tells the parallel stories of the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which led to the royal’s abdication, and the contemporary story of a woman, Wally Winthrop, with romantic problems of her own, in addition to an obsession with the life of the Duchess of Windsor. And with all that pomp and circumstance going on, a classical score is unsurprisingly being prepped and the Queen Of Pop has roped in some intriguing collaborators.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Paris Barclay Set To Executive Produce And Direct "Sons Of Anarchy"

    Wasn't long ago when we alerted you to the news of Paris Barclay directing Greg Grunberg and Nicole Ari Parker in the A&E pilot Big Mike about an an underestimated "plus-size" detective with the San Diego Police Department. Well, Barclay has added another project to his resume. According to Deadline, he just joined the Fox show Sons of Anarchy as an executive producer and principal director.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF: Christine Vachon State of Cinema Keynote: How Can Filmmakers Reach Audiences?

    The veteran Killer Films producer and Shooting to Kill author Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce) gave the San Francisco International Film Festival's keynote speech on April 24. Here it is:

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  • Spout
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    Tribeca 2011: "Let the Bullets Fly" Is a Wildly Entertaining Commie Blockbuster

    There are so many impressive historical epics coming out of China these days that I expect a majority of the moviegoers over there could be considered connoisseurs of the genre. So when a movie breaks the box office record and becomes the highest-grossing domestic film in Chinese history, it’s probably something not to overlook. “Let the Bullets Fly” is a wonderful blend of comedy, action and intrigue that manages to thoroughly entertain without the extraordinary budget of “Red Cliff” or extravagant art direction of “Curse of the Golden Flower.” More of a Western than anything else, it somehow manages to build ribald humor, gun slinging and a somewhat obvious revolutionary political message into a crowd-pleasing narrative that keeps you on your toes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Composer Cliff Martinez Talks Score For 'Contagion' & Working With Steven Soderbergh

    Says Soderbergh Is Temping The Film With 'French Connection' & 'Marathon Man' ScoresEXCLUSIVE: Working at a relentless pace, Steven Soderbergh's work ethic has benefitted not only from his drive and focus, but from surrounding himself with a regular group of collaborators who understand his process and approach to filmmaking. And one of those regulars is composer Cliff Martinez (a former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers too). He has worked with Soderbergh ever since his debut "sex, lies & videotape," contributing to films big and small including "Kafka," "Traffic," "The Limey," "King Of The Hill" and more. The forthcoming virus thriller, "Contagion," will mark their tenth film together and it will definitely find the duo in new territory. Described by Soderbergh as a type of "horror movie" the star-studded tale -- the cast includes Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and many, many more -- chronicles the outbreak of a deadly virus as it spreads quickly worldwide. It's a new genre for composer and director alike and the results should be fascinating.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Premium VOD Launches. Just go with it?

    Premium VOD Launches. Just go with it?

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