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    Casting News: Madsen in Red Riding Hood, Irons in Margin Call, YouTubers in Life In A Day

    - Catherine Hardwicke has cast Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the mother of Amanda Seyfried, who plays the title role in Red Riding Hood, repots Variety. Julie Christie has already been cast as the grandmother, Gary Oldman the werewolf hunter, and Lukas Haas the big bad werewolf that terrorizes Red's village. New to this re-telling of the fairy tale, David Leslie Johnson's script features an orphaned woodcutter (played by Shiloh Fernandez) and a blacksmith's son (Max Irons) - the former the object of Red's love and the latter her foredestined fiance. Love will certainly complicate the story, and the combination of stars and relative unknowns ...

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    From South of the Border to Restrepo, Docs Fill Media Gap

    There has never been a richer time for documentaries, nor a greater need of them.

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    Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

    Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C Interna...

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    The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres

    Amy Dawes caught the L.A. premiere of The Greatest Ears In Town, based on the life and footage of music luminary, Arif Mardin. She also stuck around for an inspired Q&A:

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    Oscilloscope to Release Cazale Doc I Knew It Was You on DVD

    In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter.

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    Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job

    As president Obama tries to push through financial reforms, the worldwide financial crisis is a hot topic at the Cannes Film Festival, from popular fiction Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to Charles Ferguson's widely-hailed doc Inside Job.

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    Jagger Hits Cannes with Stones in Exile Doc

    Mick Jagger gave a Q & A for the new Rolling Stones doc, Stones in Exile, about the recording of the 1972 double LP Exile on Main Street. In exile from Britain for tax evasion, the Stones holed up in a Riviera villa not far from Cannes, where they reveled, noodled, created and recorded one of the gr...

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    News Update: Crude Goes to Court, Stewart Goes On the Road, Tarantino Heads Venice

    In an alarming development, Joe Berlinger may become an unwilling participant in the very lawsuit he chronicled in his latest documentary, Crude. A United States district court judge has ruled that Berlinger must turn over 600 hours of footage to Chevron, owner of Texaco, the oil giant that Amazon rainforest dwellers accuse of polluting their environment with billions of gallons of toxic waste. Only about 1 percent of the footage was used in Berlinger's film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and was released in theaters last fall.  Berlinger's lawyer plans to appeal, and says the decision "threatens grave harm to documen...

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    SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse

    Meredith Brody's Bay Area blitz continues with a problematically packed film schedule and a master class with Walter Salles. Awards, food, and Borges quotations follow:

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    SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced

    The 53rd SFIFF winners have been announced, along with the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker Grants.

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