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    Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #2: 'Certain People' Director Levan Akin

    Making his directorial feature film debut (after directing Swedish TV and the short film, "De sista sakerna," which won Best Children's Film and the Audience Award at Hamberg), Levan Akin brings "Certain People" to Tribeca with the help of writer Lisa Östberg and producer Erika Stark. They wanted to...

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    Immersed in Movies: 'The Hunger Games' Futuristic Control Room

    Without a doubt, the most fascinating design aspect of "The Hunger Games" is the futuristic control room, where the gamemakers not only keep tabs on all the Tributes but also stack the deck against Katniss whenever possible.

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    EXCLUSIVE: TOKYOPOP's Stu Levy Talks Disaster Doc 'Pray for Japan'

    When filmmaker Stu Levy flew from Los Angeles to Tokyo on March 9, 2011, he had no idea that he would return with close-up footage of one of the worst natural disasters in living memory.

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    EXCLUSIVE: How 'Talhotblond' Went from Sexy Doc to Courteney Cox's TV Movie Directing Debut

    What do Courteney Cox, an online love triangle and Lifetime movies have in common? "Talhotblond" -- a Lifetime movie about an online love triangle directed by Courteney Cox, making her TV movie debut.

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    'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author and Twihard E. L. James Talks Smoking and Spicy Sex with EW

    EW's next issue goes deep into E. L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey," which Universal's Focus Features recently won after a bidding war. Here are the details on how what started as "Twilight" fan fiction become a novel trilogy and a hot Hollywood property. Highlights of James' interview with EW are be...

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    Media Watch: Industry Heavyweights Talk 'The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution'

    "We are in the future and the future is now," said producer Paula Wagner in her intro to Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television's annual Steed Symposium, which mounted a heavyweight industry panel to talk "The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution."

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    Ex-'Island President" Nasheed Talks Timely Eco Doc': "It's Not Just Us"

    One of the surprise hits to come out of Telluride and Toronto (where it won the People’s Choice Documentary Award) was small political doc "The Island President," which takes the drama of climate change to another level.

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    'Bully' Premieres in Los Angeles, Q & A with Director Lee Hirsch & Film's Families (Video)

    After The Weinstein Co. lost its battle with the MPAA to reduce the film's R rating to PG-13, the distributor opted to open Lee Hirsch's "Bully" unrated on March 30. Following Monday's premiere, Hirsch was joined by parents and children featured in the film for a Q & A (check out the video below).

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    Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

    Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film lik...

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    Whit Stillman Q & A: 'Damsels in Distress,' 13-Year Hiatus, Upcoming Ska Rocksteady Project

    Director Whit Stillman and actress Analeigh Tipton were on hand Sunday evening for a Q&A following Cinefamily's sneak preview screening of "Damsels in Distress."

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