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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Institute Announces Directors and Screenwriters Lab Participants for 2012

    Congrats to the thirteen projects taken on for this summer's Sundance Institute annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which is held May 28 - June 28 at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort in Utah. Countries represented include the United States, Italy, Romania, Australia, Algeria, France, Chile and the UK.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Casting Latina Actresses/Black Actors: Revisiting The Hollywood Trend

    Alright, alright, this is not a new topic but given the latest discussion surrounding the casting of Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo as Idris Elba’s ex-wife in the upcoming thriller No Good Deed (see Tambay's post HERE), I thought I’d revisit this seemingly recurring “trend.” S&A contributor Emmanuel wrote a piece last year called, “Is Interracial Coupling on TV Meant To Soften The Blow Of Casting Black Leads?” which gives further insight on interracial coupling; his piece focused on Black/White pairings mostly.

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  • The Playlist
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    Vince Vaughn Will Make A Lot Of Babies In Remake Of French-Canadian Comedy 'Starbuck'

    Well, this is moving along much faster than we had anticipated. Only a couple of weeks ago it was announced that DreamWorks acquired the rights to Ken Scott’s French-Canadian hit comedy “Starbuck,” with plans to remake it with Scott writing and directing all over again. Well, the movie now has a big star attached.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Market: Cornish & Gleeson Form an Unlikely Pair in 'An Ordinary Man'

    Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will co-star in that rare thing these days, an original script. Brad Silberling, "The "City of Angels" and "Moonlight Mile" helmer, wrote and will direct dramatic thriller "An Ordinary Man," which follows the unlikely relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding and his maid.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Focus Features' Africa First Program Now Accepting Entries For 5th Year! Get On It!

    I'm sure you're all familiar with this initiative by now, given how much we've talked about it since this site's inception 3 years ago. At least, I hope you're familiar. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Nick Cassavetes To Direct Kristen Stewart Action Flick 'Cali'

    Kristen Stewart

    Crime, California and some unsavory characters? Yep, Nick Cassavetes has been there, done that before, with "Alpha Dog" and the director is going to get gritty once again in the Golden State.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

    Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lena Dunham Addresses "Girls" Diversity Criticism & Why I Just Don't Care...

    "I wrote the first season primarily by myself, and I co-wrote a few episodes. But I am a half-Jew, half-WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs. Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, 'I hear this and I want to respond to it.' And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can't speak to accurately."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Making Of Featurette For Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Plus 20 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage

    The clock is ticking to the kickoff the Cannes Film Festival which will unveil Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" as its opening film, and "Moonrise Kingdom" will be competing In Competition as well. Unlike many of the films unspooling on the Croisette, this one will be arriving in theaters just as the fest is wrapping so luckily, fans have been treated to a wealth of promo material in the run-up to the movie, and well, there's even more today.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Pleasures of Movie Marathons

    A couple films into The Ultimate Marvel Marathon -- six comic book movies in fourteen hours as part of a geekstravaganza celebrating the premiere of "The Avengers" -- our host for the day, a genial theater manager with a thick Noo Yawk accent named Joe, came into Auditorium 9 at Manhattan's AMC Empire Multiplex with an announcement. "If you like events like this," he said, "and you want more of them, let the company know.  There's been talk of a 'Batman' marathon. There's been talk of a 'Star Trek' marathon. There's even been talk of a 'Twilight' marathon."

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