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    Max Winkler Talks Wes Anderson Influence On 'Ceremony' & Losing Jesse Eisenberg To 'Social Network'

    Young Filmmaker Talks About Making His First Feature, And Being Comfortable With His Influences And Own SkinWhile "Ceremony" is likely to be the introduction for most to the work of Max Winkler, many have been tipped off to his talent after seeing him work with Michael Cera and Clark Duke in the appropriate titled (and very funny) webseries, "Clark & Michael," which you can check out here. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Winkler has been making his name on a number of brewing projects including "The Adventurer's Handbook" which he co-wrote with pal Jonah Hill and frequent collaborator Matt Spicer, not to mention being drafted with the latter to write "Whispers in Bedlam" for Jason Reitman and scoring the selling the pitch for "First Man" that has Johnny Knoxville attached. Suffice it to say the 27-year-old son of Henry Winkler has all the makings of a filmmaker that should be squarely on your radar.

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    Video: Stephen Colbert Introduces James Franco's Twin, Frank Jameso

    The old evil twin plot! Actually, if James Franco did have a twin, that would explain a lot. The guy just works endlessly, so he's everywhere (here's my review of his latest film, Your Highness) , and this is the best interview yet.

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    Meg Ryan To Direct 'Into The Beautiful'; 'When Harry Met Sally 2' Trailer Lands

    It's been a long, long time since Meg Ryan was the rom-com queen. These days, the field is more or less led by Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl and Drew Barrymore though none quite have the charm she did back in the day. But it's been a while since we've seen much of Meg Ryan at all with her last major role in the ill-advised 2008 remake "The Women." But she's now ready to make her first foray behind the camera.

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    Why "The Good Wife" is Smart Where Other Shows Are Stupid

    From the start, The Good Wife has been one of the sharpest series on television, as it reveals heroine Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) tangle of personal and political drama – does she forgive the politician husband who publicly humiliated her by going to prostitutes? – with her own legal career and attraction to her boss and old lover, Will (Josh Charles, in the photo above).

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    Documentarian R.J. Cutler to Return to Fiction. Watch His Early Short "Anita Liberty"

    Another celebrated documentary filmmaker is abandoning nonfiction (at least temporarily) for the made-up stuff. Because it's been so great for Barbara Kopple ("Havoc"), Errol Morris ("The Dark Wind") and Michael Moore ("Canadian Bacon"). Yes, I'm being sarcastic, even if I'm somewhat happy if documentarians can dip into fiction once in a while if it gives them a nice paycheck to live off while making more docs. I just worry that R.J. Cutler, a longtime producer and director of reality TV and films like the recent hit "The September Issue," and other filmmakers, will never return to the mode, a la Seth Gordon. Cutler, Deadline reports, is signed on to helm an adaptation of Lee Tulloch's '80s fashion-scene satire "Fabulous Nobodies," which fittingly has a protagonist named Reality.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Power The Power: "Adventures of Power" finds 100,000 fans without a traditional release

    I've written a lot about the increasing responsibilities of filmmakers and the absolute need to focus on audience/community building. How to we get our work seen in an entertainment economy that has shifted from being based on scarcity and control, to one of super-abundance and ever-increasing access? The tools get better daily, and slowly we start to map out a series of best practices.

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    '300' Sequel Drops 'Xerxes' Name, Producer Says Film Is On the Way & "Very Close" To Being Made

    No one really expected "300" to become as big of a box office hit as it became. The highly-stylized R-rated epic took in over $450 million worldwide, helped establish March as one of the one new tentpole months (and served as the launchpad for Zack Snyder's followup films "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch") and started the Hollywood gold rush to adapting graphic novels en masse. So naturally, a sequel has long been eyed. Last summer Snyder and Kurt Johnstad started penning the script, and at WonderCon over the weekend, the always chatty "Immortals" producer Mark Canton provided a few updates on where the project was at starting with the title.

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    Tarsem Singh Says Casting 'Superman' Henry Cavill For 'Immortals' Makes Him "Look Like A Genius"

    Actor Wasn't The First Choice For 'Immortals,' But Tarsem Insisted He Was The ManIf you didn't know who British actor Henry Cavill was six months ago, you do now thanks to the 27-year-old actor landing the coveted Man of Steel role in Zack Snyder's "upcoming Superman" reboot.

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    'The White Ribbon' Star Christian Friedel Toplines Post-WWII Thriller 'The Face'

    Christian Friedel and Ursina Lardi, co-stars of the Michael Haneke film "The White Ribbon," will team once again alongside Ulrich Thomsen and Thomas Thieme in an upcoming post-WWII thriller penned by J. Frank James to be helmed by Markus Imboden.

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    Meg Ryan to Make Directing Debut

    Here's another actress looking for her next act. Meg Ryan is going to direct Into the Beautiful from a script by Anne Meredith. Variety says it is a contemporary "Big Chill."

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