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    Wendi Deng Murdoch Becomes a Producer

    Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi is venturing into producing with the new film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan based on the best selling book by Lisa See. Ms. Deng Murdoch read the book several years ago and optioned it. She also raised the funding from mostly Chinese investors. The film will be releas...

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    Guest Post: Step One: Finding the Right Producer by Zoje Stage

    In 2008, I won a Fellowship in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As I left the party in my strapless black dress and uncomfortable shoes I had one thought: "Please dear gods let this be the beginning of my professional career, and NOT just the highlight of years of effort." I have had the same goal for twenty years: to make thought-provoking independent films that explore the complexities, frailties, and dichotomies of the human species. Winning a NYFA Fellowship was both the validation and kick in the ass that I needed, and I set myself a singular goal: to direct "The Machine Who Loved" as my first professional feature...

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    In Memoriam: Laura Ziskin

    While most producers names are not known, Laura Ziskin is not one of them. Yesterday, at 61 she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a woman who came into the business like other women in the 70s as a personal assistant not because that's a job that is a stepping stone, but because those we...

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    Trailer Watch: Pariah - Written and Directed by Dee Rees

    No release date yet. Focus says Winter 2011.

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    Interview With Sarah Siegel Magness: Producer of Judy Moody And the Not Bummer Summer

    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer opens today. It's a great hoot for the young -- both boys and girls.

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    Will Kathryn Bigelow Be The First Out of the Gate With a Bin Laden Movie?

    I imagine that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are pretty psyched today regarding the prospects for their upcoming film which has long been rumored to be about the attempt to capture Bin Laden. In January, Variety reported the pair had received financing from Megan Ellison and her company Annapurna F...

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    Christine Vachon on the State of the Cinema

    Listen to prolific producer Chistine Vachon talk about the state of the current cinema at this year's SF International Film Festival. She says the state of current cinema may not be happening in the actual cinema. Interesting.

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    Meg Ryan to Make Directing Debut

    Here's another actress looking for her next act. Meg Ryan is going to direct Into the Beautiful from a script by Anne Meredith. Variety says it is a contemporary "Big Chill."

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    Preview for The Killing

    This show is created by Veena Sud who did Cold Case and it is based on a Danish show. The show stars Mireille Enos (Big Love) and the pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins who directed Charlize Theron in Monster. The entire season is dedicated to solving the murder of one girl. Starts this Sunday n...

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    Melissa Rosenberg to Write and Produce Earthseed

    Melissa Rosenberg the writer who wrote all five of the Twilight screenplays has been tapped by Paramount to write the script for Earthseed the first of what I'm sure the studio hopes is a trilogy. The film will be based on the novel by Pamela Sargent which was published in 1983. The Film(s) will b...

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