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    Five Star Day Premieres on Facebook and Theaters Day-and-Date

    As indie filmmakers continue to try new ways to get their films out--with or without conventional distribution-- Five Star Day, an astrology-themed feature that overemphasizes the significance of place and time, premiered Wednesday November 2 day-and-date in movie theaters and Facebook. Gravitas Ven...

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    Media Watch: Justin Timberlake Tackles Myspace, Kindle's Lending Library, News Corp. Profit Dip

    Life imitates art: musician/actor Justin Timberlake, who played a media mogul in Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network, is set to revive the hulking mess of MySpace. He purchased an ownership share in the social media site in June of 2011 and just recently acquired an office and a staff of six to help h...

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    AFM IN THE WORKS: Edgerton, Kidman, Dujardin, Del Toro, Cotillard, Watts, Wright, Wahlberg, Ibsen

    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Xavier Samuel are on board to star in Anne Fontaine's (Coco Before Chanel) The Grandmothers, adapted from the 2003 novella by Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing by-- it's getting better--Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous...

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    AFM News Briefs: Seyfried as Lovelace, Farrell & Rapace's Violent Spree, Lautner Gets Van Sant

    - Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are now in talks to star as porn star Linda Lovelace and her pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, in Lovelace, an adaptation of Eric Danville’s book The Complete Linda Lovelace, from Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. W. Merritt Johnson (T...

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    Mindy Kaling Makes Impertinent and Incisive Digs at Hollywood

    In an interview with NPR, The Office's Mindy Kaling, who writes and produces the TV comedy as well as starring as "perpetual teenager" Kelly Kapoor, displayed her unique and subtle understanding of the absurd logic of American pop culture. Among other brash statements, she hails the art of the diet...

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    Industry Rallies in Support of Jailed Iranian Filmmakers

    The Hollywood Guilds, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association have rallied to protest the Iran government's imprisonment of six indie filmmakers, along with the house arrest of Jafar Panahi (pictured). See the release and statements below.ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN SUPPORT OF IMPRISONED IRANIAN FILMMAKERS In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, w...

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    Pauline Kael, Book Reviews, The Age of Movies, A Life in the Dark

    Two new books about famed New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael are out: Brian Kellow’s biography Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark and and the Library of America's anthology The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. A sampling of recent pieces inspired by these Kael books and a selection o...

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    Top Ten Film Locations: Hollywood Still Dominates the World

    It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles is the top film location in the world, with 366 films (and counting) under its belt. Check out this Wistia infographic, which lists the planet's top ten cities, states and countries:

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    Obit: Pioneer Sue Mengers Was Hollywood's Most Powerful Woman Agent

    The minute I learned that legendary ICM agent Sue Mengers had died, I contacted Elaine Dutka, who had memorably profiled the uber-agent for the LA Times. Here's Dutka's obit. Sue Mengers, the first female agent to penetrate the Hollywood boy's club, died Saturday at her Beverly Hills home. Flamboyan...

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