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    Movie About Julian Assange's Life Planned, Sure To Be Frontrunner At People's Choice Awards

    Julian Assange is about to get the Mark Zuckerberg treatment. The upcoming biography "The Most Dangerous Man In The World" by journalist Andrew Fowler has been optioned by Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krum Productions with the intent to turn Assange's life story into a "suspenseful drama thriller", though Variety only places "thriller" behind quotation marks, suggesting there's merit in a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot movie about a hot topic story that hasn't fully played out, as long as it's a drama. Or "drama."

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    Man-Of-The-Moment Alex Pettyfer Offered Lead In 'Mortal Instruments' Adaptation

    With the "Twilight" series finally set to come to an end next year (it's only two years since the first film debuted, but it still feels interminable), the search is on for the next hot teen franchise, with seemingly every series of young adult novels being optioned and fast-tracked to the screen. The man who seems to be dominating the subgenre at present is 20-year-old British actor Alex Pettyfer, who's gone from starring in the abominable teen-Bond flick "Stormbreaker" to being one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood.

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    Sundance 2011: "Septien" and "The Woods" and 90s Sundance Nostalgia

    The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has barely begun, and I'm already sensing a trend. Maybe it's not a big one and maybe it won't be consistent. Probably it's all in my head, inspired by my feelings about covering the event for the first time in six years (and really the first time as a legitimate press professional -- last time it was for a zine). But here it is: a nostalgia for the pre-Internet era/criticism of Internet dependency. It is not surprising but it's also pretty appropriate that more than one outlet has already accidentally used a still (the one above) from Matthew Lessner's "The Woods" in a write up of Miranda July's "The Future," since they both are about people who attempt to live without the net. Also, I guess it's easy to confuse the titles when the latter is written out fully on the Sundance press page as "The Woods (or The Future is Golden)."

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    Producers to Watch: Ted Hope

    By Peter Belsito, Guest Blogger‘New financial realities will have a profound effect on the types of films we can make.’This is Sydney here inserting my own editorial:How does Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene , exec produced by Ted Hope, fit into Ted's mantra on new films for today? I won't be able to judge for myself because the six screenings scheduled are literally sold out and this year the press and industry screenings seem to be equally hard to get into. There are masses of people interested in the Sundance films and the subject matter of this one in today's cultish climate seems to be hitting home. We'll wait to hear the reviews and to see sales on the film. `Here's Peter:I have always been a fan of Ted’s films. Talking to him is fascinating (I follow his website /blog hopeforfilm.com) because he talks convincingly of the evolution of cinema not just in a business sense (yikes!! Digital!!) but in the sense that content is changing and the conditions, technical and in society and among consumers etc are forcing us to re evaluate what we make, how we make them and in the end what they are – these movie things we do.Ted Hope

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    Greta Gerwig Says Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' Will Hit In The Fall

    As we discussed in our review from earlier in the week, there's not much notable about "No Strings Attached," which hits theaters today. But it does mark the studio debut of indie darling Greta Gerwig, whose sweet and funny performance is one of the few highlights. She's following it up by starring alongside Russell Brand in a remake of the Dudley Moore comedy "Arthur," but fear not, Gerwig hasn't abandoned the indie world entirely, as she's also starring in "Damsels in Distress," the long-awaited return of independent film legend Whit Stillman.

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    Video Clip: Sam Taylor-Woods' STILL LIFE (2001)

    Video Clip: Sam Taylor-Woods' STILL LIFE (2001)

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    Mark Ruffalo To Reteam With 'The Kids Are All Right' Writer Stuart Blumberg On 'Thanks For Sharing'

    While the lion's share of the acclaim for Lisa Chodolenko's "The Kids Are All Right" went to the two leads, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, the ensemble in general were terrific, with fine performances from Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Yaya DaCosta, and most notably, one of the best performances in years from Mark Ruffalo, who made his role with a shading, depth and likability that many actors might not have been able to pull off.

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    Viola Davis & Jeffrey Wright Join 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

    After a superb debut a decade ago with "Billy Elliot," it looked like theatre director Stephen Daldry could become a real force in the cinema world. But while his films have undoubtedly become regular awards bait, the quality seems to slip with each picture: "The Hours" has a rich ensemble, but they're overshadowed by Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose, and the film as a whole is a little turgid, while "The Reader" is one of the worst Best Picture nominees in recent memory. Nevertheless, he's always been able to attract impressive casts, and the two new additions to his latest film are no exception.

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    Pen Pals: Florin Serban’s "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle"

    In Florin Serban’s If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, a charismatic, well-behaved teen inmate at a rural reformatory becomes a tightly wound bag of nerves when he receives troubling news from the broken-home front. Despite its carceral trappings, Serban’s film, driven by George Pistereanu’s raw, nervy lead performance, adheres to few prison house–film clichés. Winner of the Grand Prix Silver Bear and Alfred Bauer Prizes at last year’s Berlinale, Whistle is a sobering gut punch of Romanian realism, the kind of visceral, hard-knock drama that Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet aspired to be. Though the film lacks the complex, conscientious moral dimension of that French opus, and falters when its protagonist’s sudden, self-negating act of rebellion nearly sends the entire carriage off the rails, Serban’s stoic single-character focus has a riveting, almost hypnotic fascination all its own. Read Damon Smith's review.

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    Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo & Noah Segan Join Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

    With filming set to kick off next week, the final pieces of the casting puzzle are being put into place for Rian Johnson's ambitious sci-fi flick "Looper."

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