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Kathryn Bigelow on Board to Make True American with Tom Hardy to Star

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Runny that the true American is actually a British actor but other than that, wow, check this out: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures have reteamed on a film based on the non-fiction book THE TRUE AMERICAN by NEW YORK TIMES journalist Anand Giridharadas. Tom Hardy is set to star. Bigelow will direct and produce the film through her production shingle, First Light. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously…


Cannes Jury President, Jane Campion, on the State of (lack of) Women Directors

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Jane Campion thinks there would be more great stories in the world if women were allowed to tell them. She says that the gender demo in film schools all over the world is 50/50 but that somewhere along the line the line gets partitioned off, women go one way and men are ushered through to potential and greatness. Campion also said that she felt the collective embarrassment when the Palme…


Freelance concept poster for Inherent Vice

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hey, studio focus group marketing committee — top this. Artist Alex Fellows creates a poster for Inherent Vice. Setting the bar high for whatever the studio comes up with. Full-size after the cut.

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Rosamund Pike on Getting the Part in Gone Girl

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  W Mag has a profile of Gone Girl Rosamund Pike, detailing how she got the part, and how surprised she was when she got it: Fincher suggested that they get to know each other via Skype, and Pike had to join a gym near Glasgow just to secure an Internet connection. She had not been given the script but had started reading the book, and she assumed that Fincher…

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Kim Masters HR Exclusive on Fincher is a tad One-Sided

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The Hollywood Reporter runs its second story on David Fincher, Sony and the supposed upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, wherein a source continues to huff and puff their side of the story all the while complaining about what a diva and tyrant Fincher is because of his “excessive” demands. Second story, same unnamed source, same one-sided lament. Let’s put this into the bigger picture. First, what do you do if you…


Black Inequality in Film but Points to Bright Future

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The only problem I had with this infographic, and I brought it up with the person who made it, was that I would put Spike Lee in the influential filmmakers section.  But I got, I think, a fair response which essentially said that this info graphic was more about the up and comers, those who are movers and shakers.  So, I asked, where is Ava DuVernay?  They included her production…


Richard Linklater Wins Big at SXSW for Boyhood

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By Brandon Engel for AwardsDaily Filmmaker Richard Linklater’s body of work has touched upon a number of fascinating topics: everything from lucid dreaming, to speculative-fiction style dystopian projections of the future, to the subtle non-adventures of teenagers philosophizing and getting stoned in small town Texas circa 1976. In addition to his novel, and typically accessible, concepts, Linklater is also notable for using interesting visual storytelling techniques – for instance, his…


Christian Bale’s Name Arises for Fincher/Sorkin Steve Jobs Biopic

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This story reminds me of Ben Bradlee in All the President’s Men saying “WILL SOMEONE GO ON RECORD FOR THIS STORY!?” According to an anonymously sourced exclusive, that could neither be confirmed nor denied, David Fincher’s first choice is Christian Bale play the lead in the Jobs biopic. Okay fine, interesting story, interesting film project but it’s being floated out there as truth with not a lot of there there….


The State of the Race: Where the Oscars Go when Television Starts to Lead

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The times, they are changing.  When True Detective aired, the buzz caught on slowly.  Folks were watching it but they weren’t really REALLY watching it. Around the time of episode 4 that started to change. Suddenly, the obsession ballooned to consume a global audience. How people watched, how they accessed it, varied. The incentive was there to seek it out by whatever means necessary.  By the end of the series,…

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The State of the Race: All Over But the Shouting

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“I remember those cheers, They still ring in my ears, And for years they remain in my thoughts. ‘Cause one night I took off my robe, And what’d I do? I forgot to wear shorts. I recall every fall, every hook, every jab, The worst way a guy can get rid of his flab, As you know, my life wasn’t drab. Though I’d rather hear you cheer When I delve…