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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

    What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.

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  • The Playlist
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    What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers?

    Generally you can find plenty of information about your favorite stateside filmmaker, and depending on who they are (see: David Gordon Green), you can find a long list of potential upcoming projects to investigate. But being head-over-heels for a foreign director is a different story -- without the Hollywood system or independent film cliques to generate word of mouth or gossip, you can spend years without hearing a peep from even the biggest festival sweethearts, and only last week were were discussing around the Playlist water cooler where some of our favorite international filmmakers had gone in the last few years.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Award-Winning Doc 'The Witches Of Gambaga' Now For Sale On DVD

    A controversial documentary we have profiled in the recent past - The Witches of Gambaga - is now available to buy on DVD, in both PAL and NTSC formats. To purchase, go to the production company's website HERE and follow the simple instructions to buy a DVD easily via PayPal, credit card, or debit card.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch First Trailer For 'Les Seigneurs' ('The Lords') - Omar Sy's Next Film

    Watch First Trailer For 'Les Seigneurs' ('The Lords') - Omar Sy's Next Film

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  • The Playlist
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    Leonardo DiCaprio Gets A Wife In Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

    From a Tony nomination to playing Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in a film directed by Martin Scorsese -- as far as career boosts go, it doesn't get much better.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Vanessa Williams, Rockmond Dunbar In Clips From Roger Bobb's Debut "Raising Izzie"

    Former Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios, Roger Bobb, who left the company earlier last year to start his own film production company called Bobcat Films, is making his feature film directorial debut with a project titled Raising Izzie - a film that's based on the grand-prize winning script of the 1st annual GMC Faith & Family Screenplay Competition last year, and that will premiere on the GMC (Gospel Music Channel) this July.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Pettyfer Joins Never Ending Ensemble For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'; Vanessa Redgrave Circling

    Way back in 2010, ShoWest named Alex Pettyfer as one of their Stars Of Tomorrow, a dubious honor also bestowed at the time to Vanessa Hudgens, with the two of them pairing in the soon to be released box office bomb "Beastly." Time marched on. Now in 2012, Hudgens is working with Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers") and Pettyfer with Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), movies in which they will both feature in little to no clothing. All this to say is that tomorrow never knows, but Pettyfer's rise continues as the actor joins a pretty high profile project.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'The Newsroom' Reaction: Early Reviews Are Tough on Aaron Sorkin

    The mark of a great writer is that you can recognize their voice. There's no other Charlie Kaufman or Woody Allen or Aaron Sorkin. But what happens to a lauded player at the top of Hollywood's writer pyramid after winning the Oscar for "The Social Network" and sharing a nomination for "Moneyball" and landing his own HBO series? He gets killed.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

    One thing that many people before me have taken note of is that film festivals have become the only way some films get seen in this new world of limited distribution.  No where is that point clearer than the Human Rights Watch Film Festival now going on at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC.  The circuit of human rights films festivals around the world are a place where you can see challenging films questioning the world that are not coming to a theatre or even a TV screen near you.  That's why these festivals are so important and need to be supported.

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  • The Playlist
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    Discuss: Is Movie Studio Interest In Comic-Con Beginning To Wane?

    Now Cannes is long in the rear-view mirror, and the LA Film Festival just underway, the next big event on the film calendar is, for better or worse, San Diego Comic-Con. Originally a small gathering of fans of science fiction and comics, it's now grown into a vast Geek Bonnaroo, taking around 130,000 guests across four days, making it the biggest such event in North America, and the fourth largest in the world. And for the last decade or so, it's been a centerpiece of the marketing campaign for major movies from virtually every major studio.

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