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    Read The First Chapter of B. Ruby Rich's 'New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut,' a Must-Read For Anyone Even Remotely Interested In LGBT Cinema

    Twenty-one years after she coined the phrase "new queer cinema," critic, journalist and scholar B. Ruby Rich is offering a remarkable culmination of the work she's done since with her just-released anthology on the topic, New Queer Cinema: The Directors Cut.

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    Filmmakers: Why Bother With a Business Plan?

    Check out this excerpt from Louise Levison's "Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents," available now from the Focal Press. Levison's clients have raised money for low-budget films such as "The Blair Witch Project," the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies r...

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    Book Review: 'Rainer on Film'

    If “Rainer on Film” were simply a compendium of the movie reviews Peter Rainer has written over the last three decades, it would be no more or less worth reading than any film critic that you admire or dislike. There are a lot of reviews in the book, but there are also quirky overviews on the career...

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    Book Review: Debbie Reynolds' Messy Life Makes 'Unsinkable' Memoir Readable

    Written by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway, “Unsinkable,” a memoir of Debbie Reynolds’ messy life after middle age overtook the bubbly teenager who spent decades starring in MGM musicals, is not a good book, but it’s worth reading.

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    Los Angeles Times Reveals Program for 18th Annual Festival of Books

    The Los Angeles Times has published the program for its 18th Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with pan...

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    Relativity Producing Pablo Escobar Story 'Silver or Lead' with Spanish Director Enrique Urbizu

    Relativity Media has taken rights to a script about the manhunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, called "Silver or Lead." The original draft is from Michael Kane, while Piers Ashworth's screenplay will serve as the basis for director Enrique Urbizu.

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    Obit: Author Donald Richie Boosted Japanese Cinema

    Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

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    BBC Adapting Tolstoy 'War and Peace' Mini-Series, Slated for 2015

    The BBC has commissioned a six part mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"...

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    'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Joins Usual Suspects for Six USC Scripter Award Nominations

    "Perks of Being a Wallflower" joins usual suspects "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.

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    FINALLY! The Answers--and Winners--for David Thomson's 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz

    "Is it too hard?" David Thomson asked me when he submitted his 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz (to accompany his new Hollywood history, "The Big Screen"). I jumped into the rabbit hole for a few queries and thought if I gave it enough time I'd be able figure them out. Did I have that time? No. And when Se...

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