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  • Hope for Film
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    IndieFilmFinanceModelV2011.1 :Necessary Attributes

    Last month, I started laying out what I felt was the necessary attributes of a project to get financed within the mainstream indie film industry these days, call it my IndieFilmFinanceModelv2011.1. Those posts have focused on budgets, foreign estimates & value, US acquisition price, and the type of investors involved in films these days. Today, we will look at other attributes that make a film viable for acquisition in different markets.

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P.: Jane Russell (1921-2011) & Gary Winick (1961-2011)

    While we're still in the post-Oscar glow this week, Hollywood lost two talents on Monday: an icon of Hollywood's golden age and an indie filmmaking veteran whose embrace of digital filmmaking allowed projects from a number of talented directors to get off the ground.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Actress Rosamund Pike Talks About Women (in Film) and Ambition

    This is from the launch of the Bird's Eye View Film Festival. The festival is in London from March 8-17.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Uncle Boonmee opens this week!

    What should be mentioned first is the quiet. But when discussing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives many will undoubtedly initially gravitate towards the monkey ghosts, the talking catfish, the materializing spirits. Yet it’s the hushed beauty of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films that perhaps most unites them, and which helps make his latest—the surprise Palme d’or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—what it is, atmospherically, temperamentally, spiritually. The natural wonder of Apichatpong’s Northern Thailand, the swaying branches and grasses of its restive jungles and fields, its crickets and birds, breezes and hums, are all-encompassing on screen, thanks to the filmmaker’s immersive, simple yet forceful sound design, itself a gentle Buddhist gesture. Watching and listening, we are united with every living thing on screen, and we become aware of our place in the cosmos.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tilda a No Go at HBO

    This is the second Diane Keaton project that has not made it to series at HBO. First was the Marti Noxon pilot script where she was to play a "Gloria Steinem" like magazine editor who starts a pron magazine, and now Tilda created by Cynthia Mort and Bill Condon where she played a Hollywood blogger ala Nikki Finke is not going to series.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Franco & Harmony Korine Working On Street Gangs Fighting Film Reminiscent Of 'Fight Harm'

    As evinced by the recent 83rd annual Academy Awards, and the every-other-day piece of news that breaks, James Franco must sleep about 20 hours a week maximum, as he's constantly announcing or working on some new enterprise. Not content with hosting the Oscars and tweeting at the same time, while starring on "General Hospital" and juggling a myriad of ventures, including films, short films, art projects and books, the "127 Hours" star -- who did not win an Oscar this past Sunday -- is teaming up with arthouse enfant terrible-turned-relatively-mellow, Harmony Korine ("Gummo," "Mister Lonely," "Trash Humpers").

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Catwoman Appear In 'The Dark Knight Rises'? Anne Hathaway (Sort Of) Says Yes

    Granted, this is a little thin and it could ultimately mean pretty much nothing, but considering the plot details for "The Dark Knight Rises" will likely be under lock and key for a while yet, we'll take what we can get.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Cannes Marche du Film - What's New This Year

    New this year at the Cannes Market:Aside from the five year old Producers Network, a new series of events will take place under the aegis of Producers Workshop. See below the jump for more information.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg Contemplating Sequel To 'The Fighter'

    Mark Wahlberg must be feeling pretty good this week. After shepherding the project for years, his boxing pic "The Fighter" walked away from Sunday night's Oscars with two major awards under its belt with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. At the box office, the film has been a powerhouse as well, quietly marching to over $100 million worldwide and so, no surprise, Wahlberg is beginning to ruminate on a possible sequel.

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  • The Playlist
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    Malin Akerman Joins Nicolas Cage In Shiny Thriller 'Medallion'

    Audiences seem to be cooling on wig-wearing, "I'll-do-anything-just-send-me-a-script" Nicolas Cage. His medieval flick "Season Of The Witch" opened at number three, and over the weekend, "Drive Angry 3D" arrived with an empty tank opening way down the list at number nine. But Cage, for whatever it's worth, is still a name that gets lower-budgeted action fare moving and certainly dinosaur bones and castles don't pay for themselves. Just before the end of the year, Cage signed on to the thriller "Medallion," and things are still moving forward on the project despite his dodgy box office prospects these days.

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