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    Review: 'Cracks' An Elegant, Dramatic Debut By Jordan Scott

    As the niece of Tony Scott and daughter of Ridley Scott, there's no doubt that director Jordan Scott has filmmaking in her blood, but for her feature debut, the helmer has taken on a subject matter far removed from the usual tentpole ready, popcorn spectacle of her father and uncle. "Cracks," which debuted at TIFF way back in 2009 and is finally getting a release thanks to IFC Films, is a film that seems curiously not to be getting the attention it deserves and we're not sure why. Assured and elegant, "Cracks" is a complex character study about the illusions we build that keep us from slipping out of sanity.

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  • Hope for Film
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    SUBTITLES in DIGITAL AMERICA, Pt 1 of 2

    With today's guest post, Orly Ravid of The Film Collaborative looks at digital distribution opportunities for foreign film here in the USA.

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    J.K. Simmons Joins Mark Wahlberg In 'Contraband'

    With filming already underway, Mark Wahlberg's "Contraband" has added one more to the dirty dealing picture.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tribeca Film Festival - Lineup Part 2

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineups for the Spotlight, CinemaMania Section and Special screenings yesterday. The CinemaMania section has eight films and none are directed by women. Neither of the special screenings are directed by women and only one of the five in the sports film festival is directed by a woman. That film is: Marathon Boy, directed by Gemma Atwal.

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  • Caryn James
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    Sister Wives and Brother Husbands

    The strong responses from readers about the season premiere of Sister Wives shows how starkly the issue of polygamy divides people, from some who envy the Browns’ communal family to more skeptical readers who point out how much we don’t see on the reality show. (If you missed it, here’s my review and the comments; thanks to everyone for responding and feel free to add more.)

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Spend St. Patrick's Day at This is Ireland in Los Angeles

    One of the areas where women are lacking in visibility is in the area of conducting and composing. This Thursday, in honor of St. Patrick's Day composer and conductor Eimear Noone has put together This is Ireland a star studded evening celebrating Irish heritage. Eímear knew she wanted to conduct from a very young age, but after University as she pursued her dream she was told be a mentor told her she had three things going against her "you are young, you’re Irish and you’re female." She refused to be thwarted and started her own orchestra the Dublin City Concert Orchestra.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Clash of the Titans 2' Runs Scared From 'Hunger Games,' Delays Release A Week To March 30, 2012

    For a film that had barely entered our consciousness at the start of this year, it's impressive the extent to which "The Hunger Games" has come to dominate the news cycle in recent weeks. While we were aware that the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins were popular, we weren't quite sure of the extent of that popularity until the casting rumors started to fly, and the books' fervent fan base came out in force. What's more, unlike the miserable "Twilight" series, we've been ensured by Playlist team members that the books are, actually, a cracking read, and should make good source material for big-screen adventures.

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    'Across The Universe' Writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais Pen Sam Cooke Biopic

    Music is, obviously, a subjective thing. We might like 1980s Chicago house music, you might like country-folk, and we might disagree, but because we're adults, and not commenting on a YouTube video, we can agree that neither of us are right or wrong. But there are some artists that we at The Playlist simply can't comprehend anyone not liking. One of them: Sam Cooke. Cooke was one of the true legends of soul music, blessed with one of the most indelible voices in the history of popular music, as used to astonishing effect on tracks like "Chain Gang," Another Saturday Night" and, most famously, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

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    Watch: Russian Trailer For 'X-Men: First Class' Features Lots Of New Footage, Still Rules

    We're sure an English language version of this is probably just around the corner, but for now, pretend you're in Moscow and feast your eyes on a new Russian trailer for "X-Men: First Class." And take it for whatever it's worth, but even in a foreign language, this still looks pretty damn great.

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    Alessandro Nivola Replaces Michael Fassbender On Indie-Thriller 'A Single Shot'

    It really goes to show how far Michael Fassbender has come in this town. A little under a year ago, the actor signed on to star in a David Jacobson-directed adaptation of Matthew F. Jones' thriller "A Single Shot." But since then, Fassbender has dropped the adaptation in favor of collaborations with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Cronenberg, Matthew Vaughn, Steve McQueen and soon, Ridley Scott -- and who can blame him?

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