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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Book Signing

    Last night Donaldson & Callif partners of the same name, also known as Michael and Lisa, hosted a book signing party at the Writers Guild. for their newly published book, The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Film Making. Endorsed by John Cooper, Director Sundance Film Festival; Lawrence Bender, Producer of Ingourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Inconvenient Truth; Adrian Grenier, Actor/ Director; Jason Blum Producer of Paranormal Activity; Dawn Hudson, Executive Director, Film Independent; and Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Producer of The Kids are All Right, Roman Polansky: Wanted and Desired who all have written of the great aid of the firm as well as of the lessons in the book, you know this is one tome of importance to every filmmaker. The party itself was a show of support by clients and friends. The new development associate for IDA, Cindy Chyr, was there as was her colleague Michael Lumpkin, Glen and Michelle Petre of Louisiana with two new films they have produced (one of which is called Flood Street), Susan Glatzer formerly of Paramount and Loyola Marymont, Roxanne Captor formerly of SFFF, and many other friends and clients. Lisa Callif, myself and Michael Donaldson

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster, Stills & Synopsis For Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz'; Soundtrack To Feature Leonard Cohen

    More material culled the promo kits from the American Film Market.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

    Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Megamind' Can't Defeat A Dull Story

    It's hard for Pixar's competition to keep up, but if anyone has been able to give them a run for their money lately it's DreamWorks Animation. Earlier this year, the studio scored a critical and commercial hit with "How To Train Your Dragon," last year they had the hit "Monsters Vs. Aliens" and with "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" they have two solid franchises (and that's not counting the "Shrek" series). Sure, they may not all get the plaudits that Pixar's films generate but audiences love them and moreover, they've done it largely without seeming to ride the coattails of other films or trends. Until now.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable Video Destroyed My Attempt At Being Productive Tonight

    Hilary Swank, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and Helena Bonham Carter walk into a swanky hotel conference room. For an hour and one minute, they just gab... about their careers and their families and the roles all of them are in serious Oscar contention for this year (except Swank, sorry... were Lesley Manville, Jennifer Lawrence or Diane Lane not available?). And for an hour and one minute, instead of doing the night's work I had adamantly planned on doing, I just sort of watch in awe. Because The Hollywood Reporter has pulled of a classy, intimate video with these women that is sure to make anyone who can appreciate great actresses stop whatever they're doing and spend an hour with 6 5 of them. It's also a thrill for any Oscar geek to watch the charming, quick-witted Bening sit an actress down from Swank, who has now twice beat her out for the trophy (though its the woman to her right she needs to watch out for this year). Enjoy:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The COMPLETE Larry Sanders Show Has Finally Come To DVD

    I have more or less stopped buying TV on DVD, despite it once being one of my favourite pastimes. Partly because so much is available online, and partly because I simply can't afford forking over anywhere from $30 to $100 dollars on boxed sets of entertainment, my interest wained. But one series I'd always dreamt about being released on DVD is finally en route and I might just need to return to my old habit. "The Larry Sanders Show," which until now has only been available in a "best of" set, was released in its entirety Tuesday. The series stands alongside "Roseanne," "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons" as one of the definitive comedy series of the 1990s and one I very much grew up on. Well, well ahead of its time and more influential than people give it credit for (it also helped launch Judd Apatow's career), I'd go so far as to say its one of the best television series ever made. If you are questioning this proclamation because you haven't experienced "The Larry Sanders Show," do yourself a huge favour and buy this boxed set:

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  • The Playlist
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    Claustrophobes Need Not Apply: 16 Single Location Movies

    One of the basic tenets fledgling filmmakers are taught and encouraged towards in film school, at least when they're starting out, is to pick a simple, ideally single-setting location for practical reasons: budgets and lack thereof, permits, control, lighting ease, etc. If you're a broke film student with little means, the easiest way to make a film is to set it in one environment where you ideally have total control.

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  • Spout
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    "Megamind" - Do Celebrity Voices Really Draw Us to Animated Films?

    I've typically been against the practice of casting movie stars' voices in animated films. I think it all began with Robin Williams' distractingly hammy vocal performance in "Aladdin," which took me completely out of the story and simultaneously broke my excitement with the Disney Animation renaissance following the relatively celeb-free "Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." When the first teaser trailer for "Megamind" hit back in March, I got the impression Will Ferrell was going to similarly ruin what could otherwise be a decent little superhero cartoon. I just couldn't get the voice to match the blue-skinned, large-domed title character, no matter how hard I tried. In addition to my problem of always picturing the real, live Ferrell in my mind, it also seemed this would be another animated film with unnecessary overacting. A sort of mugging for the ear.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Does Tyler Perry Do Enough "For Colored Girls"?

    Does Tyler Perry Do Enough "For Colored Girls"?

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: AFM Works! Sean Anthony McConville

    As I was getting my badge at AFM, I met a British filmmaker who lives in Toronto and his success two years ago at AFM has brought him back again. Sean Anthony McConville of Mach2Films came to AFM two years ago with a project Deadline and with his producing partner Roger Betterton made a deal with Kru From Malaysia based on getting certain cast. His producer succeeded in casting Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch in Sean’s $2 million debut film and they received an advance from their sales agents epic pictures when the film was completed. Epic to date has sold the film to 35 countries. The U.S. release was by First Look. Its first release was December 2009. While Sean was pursuing being a filmmaker for 10 years, the project itself happened very quickly - just two weeks after meeting his producing partner, Roger Betterton of Enso entertainment via Craigslist! Two weeks later the producer found the financing at AFM. The trailer on You Tube has had 108,296 viewers so far since its posting September 2009. Sean is now here with two more projects, The Car and The Calling, both supernatural thrillers that will be shot in 3D. Further information is available at Mach2Films AT Gmail.com.

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