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    The Girl From the Naked Eye

    by guest blogger Peter BelsitoThe Girl From the Naked Eye starring Jason Yee is an exciting new film that is having a private screening in L.A. next week before its Cannes screenings through Archstone this coming May.Los Angeles Domestic (buyers, distributors) screening on the 31st of March 7pm @ Raleigh Studios. By invitation only. Please contact now if you are interested in coming: Henry Mu (henry.mu AT gmail.com.It is really a pleasure to see something as good as this fit into the genre format(s) so well and artistically.The narrative line is a rare combination of modern nocturnal LA Noir mixed with a martial arts format.Jason Yee plays a downcast loser in a seedy business where he chauffeurs pretty young 'bad girls' to their paying dates. Of course he falls in love with one of them who winds up brutally murdered early on. The revenge motif clicks in and from then on the film really delivers. I like the way it is shot and played and our tragic lead couple are really beautiful to watch.Jason Yee is a captivating and charming new presence on the cinema scene who delivers a dead on portrayal of a tragic low level night driver for beautiful 'on call' girls and who must track down the thugs who murdered his beloved. Jason’s honesty draws you into his character’s pain and anger which explodes with his impressive fighting skills and make you feel like you're watching the next big action star in a breakout performance.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rose Byrne Says 'X-Men: First Class' Production Schedule Felt "Luxurious"

    Says That The Cast Has Signed On For Three Films2011 might just be the busiest year yet for actress Rose Byrne. In addition to starring in the hit FX series "Damages," she will have three films arriving in theaters in the next few months: James Wan's latest horror flick "Insidious" which opens this Friday; the Kristen Wiig-led ensemble comedy "Bridesmaids" coming in May and the comic tentpole "X-Men: First Class" arriving in June. There's certainly no doubt -- Byrne is no stranger to being busy. We recently caught up with the actress during press rounds for "Insidious" and our conversation turned to 'X-Men.'

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hot Docs: The Women

    Hot Docs is one of the best and biggest documentary film festivals. This year's festival takes place in Toronto from April 28-May 8.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

    Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

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  • The Playlist
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    Sarah Gadon Joins The Cast Of David Cronenberg’s 'Cosmopolis'

    With shooting set to begin this summer in Toronto, casting on David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric is wrapping up. Samantha Morton joined the cast last week -- as we found out via a Robert Pattinson interview -- now she's been confirmed, and according to Entertainment One, who is handling the picture's distribution in Canada, one more actor has joined the cast: Canadian Sarah Gadon, who will be playing the role of the Pattinson character's estranged wife, Elise Shifrin.

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    Noomi Rapace Casts Doubt Over Role In David Slade's 'The Last Voyage Of Demeter'

    Despite director David Slade recently taking to Twitter to express his optimism about the prospects for the previously announced vampire-road-film "The Last Voyage Of Demeter," it seems one of his potential stars isn't quite on the same level. 'Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace has revealed that her burgeoning slate and increasing popularity in Hollywood may be a hurdle too great to overcome for the potential collaboration with Slade.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gabrielle Union

    Gabrielle Union has become one of the few celebrity voices speaking out on behalf of the Congressional campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. No matter what you believe about abortion, 97% of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortion. It provides basic, affordable health care to lots of women who would otherwise not get any. This is not rocket science. This is an assault on women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Uma Thurman Confirms Quentin Tarantino's Next Picture Is His "Southern" Film

    Next 'Kill Bill' Film Is "Down The Road"For a director known for his lengthy dialogue, Quentin Tarantino sure has been keeping quiet recently. Though he's currently writing the screenplay for what will become the directors 8th film (or 7th, if you count the "Kill Bill" series as one, as originally intended), details have so far been hard to come by. The first murmur of news came about a month ago when Italian actor Franco Nero said Tarantino was involved with a spaghetti western called "The Angel, The Bad And The Wise" but was revealed shortly thereafter this was probably not a directorial project for him. AICN's sources confirmed that Tarantino's next film would be a spaghetti western, Christoph Waltz would be starring and the title Nero mentioned was not even close. Speculation then turned to the slavery-era Texas Western he had talked up during the "Inglourious Basterds" press rounds.

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    Antoine Fuqua To Helm Chinese-Language Historical Love Story Epic

    We've written about Antoine Fuqua a fair amount in recent times, only for it to amount to very little in the way of a follow-up to 2007's "Shooter." Among other things, the "Training Day" director has been plotting a biopic of rapper Tupac (which recently began an open casting call), an adaptation of comic book "Afterburn" starring Gerard Butler, a pilot at FOX starring Ethan Hawke from a script by David Guggenheim and superteam Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and he previously flirted with a reunion with Bruce Willis on prison-escape drama "The Tomb," as well as having the buzzed-about actioner "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman and a spy-thriller "Consent To Kill" potentially on his slate at one point.

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    Walter Salles' 'On The Road' Unlikely To Debut At Cannes; Michael Haneke's 'Love' May Be Ready

    Beat Generation Tale Not In Black & White As First Envisioned?Put simply, Waltes Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" is a film we're anticipating this year with as much excitement as any other. Unfortunately it looks like that wait will have to be a tad longer as any surprise appearance at the Croisette this May is unlikely, with one of the film's supporting cast members, Alice Braga, telling Pilula Pop the production is working towards a 2012 release after recently wrapping principal photography.

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