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    Top 2010 Blacklist Writer Shops New Treatment for Fantasy/Comedy 'The Epic of Troy Night'

    You may not know the name Wes Jones yet, but if his success continues, the screenwriter may become as well known as say, Allan Loeb ("Wall Street 2"), Aline Brosh McKenna ('The Devil Wears Prada"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), or some of the other well-known now-established scribes who were scrappy up-and-comers a few years ago (super relative of course, not everyone knows these name compared to say Paddy Chayefsky, even then...we digress...).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Hits Sundance with Ex-Paramount Star Acquisition Exec Matukewicz in Tow

    In a piece of acquisition news second only to SnagFilms' pick-up of veteran indie star Bingham Ray, new distrib on the block Relativity has poached Paramount acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz as SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions. Matukewicz put in nine years as a Paramount exec, winding up as VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Vantage and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group. He head acquisitions and work closely with the Relativity production team, reporting to Relativity production chief Tucker Tooley and marketing and distribution head Peter Adee. Matukewicz has already acquired for Relativity David Ellis’ Untitled 3D Shark Thriller from his old Vantage boss Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures.

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    'Blade Runner' Designer Syd Mead To Work On 'Elysium,' Film Set 100 Years In The Future

    Tentative Release Date Being Eyed For 2012 Holiday SeasonWell, the details surrounding Neill Blomkamp's next film "Elysium" have been kept very tightly under wraps, the morsels of info that are spilling out are enticing. The cast so far is very strong with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley all on board and now a few more exciting bits of info have been revealed.

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    Screenwriter Steven Zaillian to Get WGA Laurel Award

    Writers Guild of America will give Steve Zaillian the Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award recognizing his body of work, which includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for Schindler's List (1994) as well as Awakenings and American Gangster. Best-known as the industry's go-to rewrite man, Zaillian also co-wrote Gangs of New York and Clear and Present Danger. In production are Sony and David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Zaillian is also executive producing). Zaillian has also directed his own scripts, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action and All the King's Men.

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    J. Jonah Jameson Apparently Won't Appear In The 'Spider-Man' Reboot

    Way back in the fall, rumors started circling that John Slattery ("Mad Men") and Sam Elliott were among a number of actors in contention for the role of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson. Well, it appears those rumors were erroneous and/or the game plan has changed.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Women and Hollywood Joins IndieWIRE Blog Network

    Please welcome Women and Hollywood to the indieWIRE blog network. It's an excellent fit. Melissa Silverstein is a swift and persistent cinephile who champions the female perspective. She shares info and insight about women filmmakers trying to get their films made and seen, as well as the legions of women who want to see these films. She's also the founder of the Athena Film Festival, which launches next month at Barnard in New York.

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    Behind the Visual Effects on Black Swan

    Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is one of those movies that is creepy, scary, believable and psychologically taut partly because he deploys 250 visual effects shots to such good effect. They aren't obvious, or on a big-budget scale. While we probably figured out that Nina morphing into a Black Swan at the film's finale is a visual effect (the most complex in the film), most of the film's effects are far more subtle.

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    Sandi Dubowski at Sundance

    Sandi Dubowski is in Sundance co-hosting a Good Pitch Party (see below) and mentions that, "btw, I got a development grant from a new film fund, Catapult for my project and will be holding meetings at Sundance to raise matching funds for my next film, Soul Trainer." Soul Trainer follows the dramatic life story of Amichai Lau-Lavie whose uncle is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and who is descended from 37 generations of rabbis to King David. Amichai is Jewish royalty, a link in a 5,771 year-old ancient chain, but he is also the creator of a Hasidic female performance character.His Trembling Before G-d and next film, A Jihad for Love dealt with the delicate details of being homosexual or lesbian in strict fundamentalist religions which prohibit non-heterosexual behavior. His life ever since has revolved around workshops around the world dealing with these issues and has moved into other transcultural issues as in Budrus. Trembling Before G-d Jihad for Love Budrus written and directed by Julia Bacha

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    "Dogtooth" For The Win

    Landed in Utah to find the Academy's foreign language committee made an uncharacteristically awesome decision and included Yorgos Lanthimos's disturbingly innovative, hard to watch but soo rewarding "Dogtooth" - one of my favourite films of 2010 - in its foreign language film shortlist. Whether it makes the final cut or not (which is very unlikely), it's nice to see the film make it this far and my fingers are very crossed for "Dogooth" being announced next Tuesday morning.

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    Updated: Keira Knightley Replacing Marion Cotillard In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'?

    Has Paul Giamatti Moved On Too?Well, we were once pretty excited for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," but with the cast being switched out wholesale, our expectations have diminished. With Robert Pattinson replacing Colin Farrell earlier in the month, it suddenly didn't make much sense to have the previously attached female Marion Cotillard still on board to play his wife (she's ten years his senior). And so no surprise, it looks like she's been replaced too.

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