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    Writers Guild Awards Bring Class and Comedy with Presenters Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and More

    The first wave of presenters for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have been announced. Included in the lineup are Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Golden Globes host Amy Poehler and her "Parks and Recreation" co-star Adam Scott, and the hilarious "Key and Peele" stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele...

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    A Sisterhood With a Glass Ceiling

    The NY Times devoted the top story in the Arts and Leisure section this past weekend to an exciting thing happening off-Broadway, the fact that women are being regularly hired to direct shows.

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    'Bellflower' Team Announces New Film and Crowdfunding Campaign

    Coatwolf Productions, the production team that created the 2011 Sundance hit "Bellflower," announced today the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign for their next film, the excellently titled "Chuck Hank and The San Diego Twins."

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    Film Independent Announces Eight Filmmakers and Projects for 2013 Directing Lab

    Film Independent has announced the filmmakers and projects for its 12th annual Directing Lab. The lab runs February 4 through mid-April, and is an intensive program in Los Angeles designed to assist directors in developing narrative feature films, and to advance their careers in a nurturing and crea...

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    New On DVD/Blu-ray: 'Flight,' 'Alex Cross,' 'Yelling To The Sky,' 'Celeste And Jesse Forever'

    All films we've highlighted on this blog; if you haven't seen any or all of them, pick them up on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Note: some of them have been on VOD/digital download for some time, and still are. So, that's another viewing option for you, if you're not into DVDs and ...

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    Exclusive: 'Bellflower' Team Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Their Next Movie 'Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins'

    While the Sundance Film Festival has been criticized as being more star-driven in recent years, it's easy to forget that for true blue indie films, recognition and reaction from Park City can make a career (or two). And writer/director Evan Glodell is certainly testament to that as he arrived at...

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    Guillermo Del Toro and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Co-Writer Lucy Alibar Team for Universal's 'The Secret Garden'

    Guillermo del Toro is a busy man with his hands in many pies. The latest project with his fingerprints on it has landed at Universal, reports Deadline. It's a new film version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic "The Secret Garden." (One of del Toro's two amigos, Alfonso Cuaron, did a l...

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    EXCLUSIVE: 2 New Posters for 'Girls' Star Alex Karpovsky's Upcoming 'Rubberneck' and 'Red Flag'

    Alex Karpovsky, best known for his acting roles in Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" and "Girls," is readying the release of two upcoming films later this month, and distributor Tribeca Films has released the final posters for both films.

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    Black Futurist Short Films Screening In L.A. Next Week

    Filmmaker and programmer in residence Amir George of Chicago's Black Cinema House, which I previously profiled HERE, and Los Angeles based curator Erin Christovale, are jointly presenting a screening of short films they call Black Radical Imagination: A Futurist Film Showcase next week in L...

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    Kerry Washington Wins Big at NAACP Image Awards

    Over the weekend at the NAACP Image Awards, Kerry Washington swept the show. She won three awards.

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