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    The Tree - Written and Directed by Julie Bertuccelli Opens Today

    The Tree is a lament on love, loss and family. It's a movie about trying to find a way through your grief to see some light on the other side. One of the stars of the film is this gigantic Moreton Bay fig tree which becomes the place where the young Simone (played by the unbelievable Morgana Davies) goes to talk with her dad. The tree becomes her refuge where she feels connected to him. And her relationship to the tree spreads out to the other members of the family including the mother played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and they cling to the tree as it spreads its roots dangerously threatening their house. The Tree is one of those movies whe...

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    Trailer Watch: The Family Tree - Directed by Vivi Friedman

    Film opens August 26

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    The Bridesmaids Effect: Kristen Wiig Gets the Green Light for Imogene

    Multiple sources are reporting that Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig will next take on the dark comedy Imogene written by Michelle Morgan and to be directed by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The film will be produced by Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content (she was...

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    Guest Post: Interview with Sophia Takal - Writer/Director of Green by Melissa Silvestri

    Actress/writer Sophia Takal’s directorial debut, Green, is a film that is both dark in its themes of jealousy, yet shines with a natural ease depicting the burgeoning friendship of two very different women. Green focuses on a young Brooklyn couple, Sebastian (Laurence Michael Levine) and Genevieve (Kate Lyn Sheil) who come out to a cabin in the woods where Sebastian is going to cover gardening and country life for his hipster blog, a city mouse meets the country sort of feel. Genevieve puts up with Sebastian’s pretentiousness because she doesn’t have a secure identity of her own, and it takes the friendship of Robin (Takal), a local woman, to...

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    Trailer Watch: Higher Ground - Directed by Vera Farmiga

    Film opens on August 26th. A terrific directorial debut by Farmiga who also stars in the film.

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    The Love Crimes of Kabul Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If you want to see the lack of progress the US investment in women in Afghanistan, check out the Love Crimes of Kabul. This is the true story of women (and some girls) being held in the Badam Bagh prison in Kabul for "moral crimes." Many of these so-called moral crimes are things that would astonish American audiences. Can you imagine going to jail for running away from your abusive parents and taking refuge in someone else's home? And then that person gets arrested too? Or for falling in love? Or for premarital sex? This is one of those movies that makes progressive people want to beat their heads against a pole because there is just ...

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    Guest Review: The Sleeping Beauty - directed by Catherine Breillat by Emilie Spiegel

    There was no way I wasn’t going to love Catherine Breillat’s latest film, The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie). It covers all my bases: female-centric (check), arty and lusciously imagined (check), and of course, French. I love everything I’ve ever seen from Breillat, and her current offering fits in nicely within her oeuvre of sex-positive feminist provocation (with a particular fascination towards youth and adolescence). Her works maintain a poignant paradox that so many films about young people cannot manage; the young heroine in the Breillat imaginary is naïve, yet wise, curious, yet stubborn, innocent, yet awakened. In the case of Th...

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    Two Women Get Directing Gigs - Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess

    Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess (the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) have both signed up for directing gigs. Barrymore will produce and direct Heist Society to be adapted by Shauna Cross (Whip It). The film will be produced Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan and will be released by Warner Brothers. ...

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    Teaser Trailer: The Iron Lady

    Here's a teaser trailer for the UK version of the film which will open in the US in December and the UK in January 2012.

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    Catherine Hardwicke and Noomi Rapace Team Up for Film

    To me this is an awesome team. Twilight director teaming up with the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Catherine Hardwicke and Noomi Rapace. How cool. The news is that Rapace will star in a bio pic about 1960's Swedish singer Anita Lindblom. Ola Rapace (Noomi's ex) will co-star as boxer Bos...

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