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    Brian Grazer Reveals Why Spike Lee Was Replaced By Tate Taylor To Direct James Brown Biopic

    Recapping what we've known until today...

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    Affleck's 'Argo' is Banned in Iran, Which Has Approved Its Own Film Version of 1979 Hostage Crisis

    Iran's Art Bureau has approved the making of a film depicting the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis depicted in Ben Affleck's "Argo." Filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian states: "the movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the US embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the revo...

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    Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

    Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which di...

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    New York Times Says ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly.’ Should We Wait That Long?

    The great Carrie Rickey published a piece in the New York Times this past weekend with the depressing headline ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly’. The piece reported that in 2012, by their count, women directors hit a recent high of 9% of the 250 top grossing films.  That number...

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    Watch: Stephen Merchant's Awkward Best Man Speech In Clip From 'I Give It A Year'

    It may not have a U.S. release date yet (or even a distributor for that matter) but we’re still looking forward to the British rom-com “I Give It A Year.” The film is Dan Mazer’s first as director (after a string of writing credits on Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV shows and mo...

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    Exclusive: Trailer For Slamdance New York Noir 'Joy De. V' Featuring Claudia Cardinale

    The streets of New York City have long played a cinematic home to all kinds of tall tales and twisty mysteries, the Big Apple offering no end of backdrops, characters and corners to play a story against. Now, writer/director Nadia Szold has another unique story set in the city that she'll be unv...

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    Read: Kathryn Bigelow's Essay Addressing Depiction of Torture in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Director Kathryn Bigelow has published an essay in the L.A. Times addressing the controversy surrounding her Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty" and its depiction of torture. "I do wonder if some some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at ...

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    Watch: Trailer For Coldplay-Backed Noir 'Ashes' Starring Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess & Luke Evans

    Remember when it was announced that Coldplay were co-financing a movie? No? Well, that was almost two years ago, and the fruits of their money's labor will now be seen in the finished product, "Ashes," a film noir that looks as confusing as it is generic, though it does boast Ray Winst...

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    Melancholic 'The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song' Opens In Toronto Friday (Trailer)

    From Toronto-based art house, world cinema, independent feature films and documentaries distribution company, College Street Pictures, comes a documentary we profiled in May of 2012, when it was scheduled to screen at the Shefflied Doc/Fest.

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    Lauren Greenfield and Alison Klayman Receive DGA Nominations for Best Documentary

    Earlier this week, the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for best documentary. They’ve previously announced the nominees for film and television. Two women were nominated out of the five nominees which also includes Kirby Dick’s Academy Award nominated film The Invisibl...

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