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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sleeping Beauty - written and directed by Julia Leigh

    Sleeping Beauty is a film that is very divisive.  After I saw it in Toronto I spoke with several different people, and some absolutely hated it and others thought it was brilliant.  Personally, I still really don't know what exactly to make of it.  I like that it is different.  I like that it is provocative.  I like that it challenges norms.  But I also had many issues with it and found it quite disturbing.     Emily Browning is Lucy a young, pretty, broke student.  She's doing anything she can to make money including photocopying and being a medical guinea pig.  She's pretty desperate when she goes to interview for a job that will take her to the dark world of the paid sex industry. Her first job is to pour wine at a black tie party wearing sexy lingerie that doesn't really cover anything.  She makes more money than she ever has and is able to move out of her share into her own beautiful apartment.  Lucy then graduates to becoming a "sleeping beauty" (which I am told really exists.)   She is given a drug to sleep and she lays in a bed and men can do anything they want to her except penetration.  She is touched, prodded, licked, burned, everything you can imagine.  And she doesn't remember any of it.   The film raises many interesting questions especially about the commodification of young women and the choices they have to make decent money.  This film is not for the faint hearted.  Be ready to be challenged. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch - A New Teaser Of Nelson George's "Migrations" With Chris Rock

    Author and director Nelson George has released a new teaser for his international flick Migrations starring Tigist Selam, Saul Williams, Osas Ighoduro, Epee Dingong and Ariane Plubel.  Chris Rock also has a cameo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Sundance Thriller 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

    The Australian collective Blue Tongue Films have slowly been making a name for themselves. The loose bunch which includes Kieran Darcy-Smith, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Luke Doolan, David Michôd and Spencer Susser have collaborated on numerous projects, but are best known internationally for the the thriller "The Square." Well, Blue Tongue are going to Sundance with another genre pic, this time with "Wish You Were Here." And with Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer toplining the film that is also opening the festival, it's likely to attract some serious attention.

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘X-Men: First Class’ Writer Jane Goldman To Pen ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ For Tim Burton

    As the pen behind "Stardust," "Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class" and the upcoming period horror flick "The Woman In Black," screenwriter Jane Goldman has established herself as one of the finest pens in the genre category. She's proven herself to be just as good (if not better) than the dudes who tend to dominate in the genre, and if all goes well, her next effort will be brought to the big screen by none other than Tim Burton.

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  • Spout
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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Shame" Watch "Porndemic"

    Even if you're primarily a documentary fan, like myself, I recommend seeing Steve McQueen's "Shame," a film about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) and his troubled relationship with his sister (Carey Mulligan). I love the way it's shot, I love the way it doesn't need to lay on much back story or explicit explanation (I've developed a nonserious idea in my head that at least Fassbender's character is the son of Patrick Bateman and Jeanne Dielman) and of course as a doc nut I love that there's a reference to "Gimme Shelter" in it. But it's not playing in many theaters yet, and even when it goes wider Cinemark won't show it, so for now you might need to settle for the doc option.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Set For December 2012 To Avoid Being Grist For the 2012 Political Election

    Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Set For December 2012 To Avoid Being Grist For the 2012 Political Election

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: See What The 'Outrage' Is All About As 'Shame' & 'Sleeping Beauty' Seduce Theatres

    In Theaters: See What The 'Outrage' Is All About As 'Shame' & 'Sleeping Beauty' Seduce Theatres

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Viva Riva!" Director & Producer Team Up To Produce 6 Films Based On Contemporary African Literature ("Pumzi" Director Attached To One)

    In the 10-minute video below, which made its way to YouTube yesterday, Kenyan director, Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi) is interviewed by Russell Southwood of Balancing Act Africa, with the conversation centering primarily on her award-winning Focus Features Africa First short film Pumzi, and her upcoming projects.

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  • The Playlist
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    LCD Soundsystem Final Concert Doc 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' To Debut at Sundance

    It's beginning to look like this year's Sundance Film Festival will be very James Murphy-heavy. It was already announced that the LCD Soundsystem frontman/all around super-genius will appear in the comedy called, er, "The Comedy," with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fame/infamy. And today (via Pitchfork) it was revealed that a full-on LCD Soundsystem concert movie, awesomely titled "Shut Up And Play The Hits" and centered around the band's final show at Madison Square Garden will also debut at Sundance as part of the out-of-competition "Spotlight" series. Somehow not being able to attend that final concert (despite all our scheming) doesn't seem like so much of a letdown anymore.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At 'Wrath Of The Titans' & 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn & Richard Ayoade

    We have to admit, we're still excited whenever we get our hands on an issue of Entertainment Weekly and get a first peek at an upcoming movie, even if its something we aren't all that interested in seeing. Since the rise of the internet however, we are pretty glad to not suffer through pages about "The Last Survivor Bachelorette" or whatever mind-numbing reality show is getting a three page spread just to see Ben Stiller in some sweatpants. Shhh. You're welcome. Just take it.

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