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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    On Blogging

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aretha Franklin Says Patina Miller From "Sister Act" Play Is In The Running For Biopic

    If you been keeping score of the Aretha Franklin biopic info, you're already aware that Ms. Franklin is on a serious hunt for the lead in her biopic that's in the works. She originally named Halle Berry as her desired pick but, after Halle's polite decline, has since moved on naming other prospects. Well this morning on the talk show The View, Ms. Franklin stated that Patina Miller is "in the running" and the script is nearing completion.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lizzy Caplan Talks The Curious Link Between The Upcoming 'Frankie Go Boom' & 'Queens Of Country'

    It's only a matter of time before the talented and funny Lizzy Caplan finds the role that will finally break her out in a big way. We recently placed her on our 15 Actresses On The Rise list, saying that she's "a new spin on the Diane Keaton type." But for those who have been paying attention, they've already noticed her talents in "Cloverfield," "Mean Girls" and more recently on the two season run of "Party Down." Not content to sit and wait for Hollywood to come calling, Caplan has three low-budget, but high concepts flicks on her slate: the improv comedy "High Road" directed by Matt Walsh; the wacky music comedy "Queens Of Country" and the equally ambitious "Frankie Goes Boom."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Getting Prom to the Big Screen by Katie Wech

    Like many opportunities in life, it happened so fast I could have easily missed it. I was sitting in an executive’s office at Disney, when suddenly he said, almost in passing, “I’ve been thinking about doing a movie about Prom.” That was it. And then the meeting was over.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Cannes Shorts Film Corner

    A student of my online course at UCLA Extension Film School on Independent International Film Marketing and Distribution Across All Platforms responded to a question I asked about how to create a buzz for your film. I want to share the answer of this young man from France which illuminates this important point!It was time to make a buzz. What would be better than a Festival for that? So we did some research and found out that the Cannes Film Festival had an amazing Film Market for shorts called Short Film Corner, and we also discovered the American Pavilion. They select young directors who want to sell their movies. The first step was to be selected. Among more than 1450 films, my friend's movie was selected to be shown during the Cannes Film Festival at the Short Film Corner with the American Pavilion. This year, the president was Martin Scorsese.We also paid to have a small place at the Film Market where we could talk about the movie and advertise. At the end of January, we had our own space at Film Market and were selected for the American Pavilion. We were sure to have a minimum of views...But the most difficult part was not done yet!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Please Excuse Us While We Redecorate...

    Just a quickie to let you all know that I've been receiving all your emails, Facebook messages, and reading your comments expressing your, shall I say, "concerns," mostly about the setup of Shadow And Act's new home, as well as your inability to access content on the old site.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gangster Flicks Are The New Fairy Tale Movies, Apparently: Duelling Capone Films In Development

    Once every six months or so, the Hollywood Elders, the shadowy collection of media moguls, Freemasons, Jewish lizardmen and Warren Beatty that control the film industry, don their robes, gather in their secret chamber under the Hollywood sign and plot out their agenda. Sometimes, it's elevating a particular actor or actress for no apparent reason -- Alex Pettyfer was a homeless 37-year-old drifter until they surgically re-sculpted him into the hottest young actor in Hollywood (though he's on his way to torpedoing that all by himself). Sometimes it's pushing technological breakthroughs -- 48 FPS cameras? Developed in their lair. And sometimes it's just deciding what sub-genre of films will suddenly be everywhere.

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  • Spout
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    Spout About: Royal Weddings in Film; Prom Scene Confusions; "Harry Potter" Meets Rebecca Black

    I'm a bit surprised there aren't more movie site discussions of royal weddings, or "Royal Wedding" this week, given all the other media attention on Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton tomorrow. I've finally come to terms with the fact that I wasn't invited, despite being (very distantly) related to the groom two different ways (I didn't invite them to my upcoming event, either, though in my defense mine is much, much smaller). Anyway, there are a few posts to be found around the web, such as one going through a loose history of wedding films (were the 80s really relatively nuptial-less? No, we had "Muppets Take Manhattan," "Raising Arizona," "Spaceballs" and, uh, "The Last Temptation of Christ," among others). I guess all the talk of the Lifetime movie about Will and Kate is enough, as is the news of a timely pitch for a future prince-falls-for-commoner rom-com (by the way, why is it so hard to find a clip of the ending to "King Ralph" online?). Also: video of Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray as covering the royal wedding on Letterman is pretty great.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Photos: Common and Meagan Good on the set of L.U.V.

    Common and Meagan Good are currently on location in Baltimore shooting their new film L.U.V., which also stars Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael K. Williams, and Charles S. Dutton.

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  • The Playlist
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    SFIFF Review: Hong Sang-soo's 'Hahaha' Has Some Pleasant Memories, But Not Much More

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival is currently in full swing with 190 films from around the world. Featured amongst the international films at SFIFF is last year’s Un Certain Regard winner “Hahaha,” writer/director Hong Sang-soo’s (“Like You Know It All,” “Night and Day”) 10th feature film starring Kim Sangkyung (“A Tale of Cinema”) and Yu Junsang (“Wide Awake”), both alums of the director’s previous work.

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