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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Moneyball Producer Rachael Horovitz: A Lesson in Perseverance

    In 2009, after years of work and days before production was scheduled to begin, the plug was pulled on Moneyball which at that time was supposed to be directed by Steven Soderbergh and to star Brad Pitt. Sony ate the $10 million already spent which included a script by A list writer Steve Zaillian because it didn't think the $57 million budget was worth the gamble.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jessica Chastain: Why Is This Woman Cheerful? (Video Interview)

    No actor wants to have seven movies released in one year, not if they’ve ever heard the word “overexposed.” Delayed releases and weird timing have left Jessica Chastain in just that position, but at least she gets to demonstrate her range.

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  • The Playlist
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    Posters For Harmony Korine's New Short Film 'Snowballs' For Fashion Label Proenza Schouler

    Jan Kwiecinski & Alexei Fedorchenko Join Harmony Korine In Forthcoming OmnibusIt has already been a busy year for Harmony Korine but his calendar keeps filling up further, and that's just fine by us. He's teamed with James Franco on some kind of street gang project, premiered his short film collaboration with Die Antwoord "Umshini Wam," created an ad for Indian megacorp Mahindra, and is working on a short film with Val Kilmer that will form part of a Dogme-esque omnibus film. We'll have more on that in a second, but it appears there is yet another project Korine has been working on.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Millar Finally Admits Window On 'Kick Ass 2' Happening Is Shrinking

    Concedes Matthew Vaughn Would Likely Only Produce, Not DirectMark Millar likes to talk a lot of shit. In fact, for much of 2010 the comic writer could not shut the hell up about a potential "Kick-Ass 2," boldly proclaiming it would be like "A Clockwork Orange" or "A History Of Violence," predicting it would hit theaters in 2012, and that it was green-lit with pre-production set to begin this past April. Well obviously, none of those things happened. And talking recently to Hero Complex, a much more humble and reasonable Millar finally admitted that the likelihood of a sequel was looking pretty slim and not only that, Matthew Vaughn is probably too busy doing his own stuff to direct.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Inspiring Documentary "Why I Write: The Twin Poets" (At Heartland Film Festival)

    The 60-min documentary about twins Al Mills & Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Why I Write: The Twin Poets, is another feature screening at 2011 The Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis (October 13-22). Why I Write is cinematographed by Pascal Dieckmann and edited by Julie Pfeifenroth.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Patty Jenkins in Talk to Direct Thor 2

    Even if this doesn't come to pass, the fact that a woman, a director like Patty Jenkins who is best known for directing the shit out of Charlize Theron in Monster and for directing the pilot of The Killing is in talks to direct a big budget comic book action hero movie is a giant step forward. I don't recall a woman's never ever being mentioned in the press to direct a film with this size budget.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mexico Selects The Acclaimed 'Miss Bala' As Their Foreign Film Oscar Entry

    If you've had your ear to the ground over the past few months you'd know that one film building a considerable amount of very well-deserved buzz is Gerardo Naranjo's "Miss Bala." Premiering this spring at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, the film wowed critics and audiences alike and has been gaining traction ever since. It was a hot ticket at TIFF just a week or so back, and it will certainly be one of the hottest titles at NYFF when it kicks off next week, particularly since Mexico has just selected the film as their Oscar entry for this year.

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Bunohan" Balances Mystical Spirituality and Gritty Violence in an Enigmatic Borderland

    Subtle spirituality and gritty kickboxing are two elements that don’t tend to come together too easily. Perhaps the films of Jean-Claude Van Damme deal with themes deeper than I’d noticed, but on the whole it’s pretty fair to say that the cinematic representations of this sport tend to be a little less than profound. “Bunohan” tosses all of those genre conventions out the window. At times almost delicate, Dain Said’s film balances the gritty realism of Muay Thai fighting with a delicate family drama and its almost mysterious spiritual elements.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women, War and Peace Debuts on PBS October 11

    This week in NY was the annual opening of the UN General Assembly where heads of states make their speeches. Seeing all these dudes stand up at the podium while the world is a total mess one thing is clear -- we need more women's voices involved at all levels of government and diplomacy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Puncture' With Chris Evans A True Story Weighed Down By Oscar Reel Antics

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Tribeca Film Festival.

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