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Sarah Polley Says Harvey Weinstein Is ‘One Festering Pustule in a Diseased Industry’

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Sarah Polley Says Harvey Weinstein Is ‘One Festering Pustule in a Diseased Industry’
Sarah Polley has her own Harvey Weinstein story, and though the “Away From Her” and “Stories We Tell” director calls it “comparatively tame” it’s troubling all the same — especially because, as the actor-turned-filmmaker writes in the New York Times, the disgraced executive “was just one festering pustule in a diseased industry.” The incident itself is said to have taken place after a photo shoot for “Guinevere,” a film in which Polley starred that Miramax (then run by Weinstein) released in 1999.

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Polley alleges that, during a meeting that two others were present for, Weinstein told her that the two of them having a “close relationship” would be beneficial for her career. “‘That’s how it works,’ I remember him telling me. The implication wasn’t subtle.” She says she rejected his unsubtle proposition in part because she “wasn’t very ambitious or interested in acting.
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Sarah Polley: Harvey Weinstein Is ‘Just One Festering Pustule in a Diseased Industry’

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Sarah Polley: Harvey Weinstein Is ‘Just One Festering Pustule in a Diseased Industry’
Filmmaker Sarah Polley penned a devastating essay in the New York Times on Saturday about her encounter with Harvey Weinstein as a young actress and the ways that reflects on her experience in the film industry more broadly. In the essay, titled “The Men You Meet Making Movies,” Polley describes a photo shoot to promote the Miramax film “Guinevere” suddenly being halted and being called to Weinstein’s hotel room for a meeting. Polley, whose adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” will premiere on Netflix next month, said Weinstein insinuated that having a “very close relationship” with him would lead to her success.
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Film Review: ‘The Girl in the Book’

Film Review: ‘The Girl in the Book’
The Girl in the Book” zigzags absorbingly back and forth in time to weigh the impact on a young woman of her formative relationship with a much older writer — one he used as fodder for the roman a clef that defined his career. Less flamboyant a take on a somewhat predatory mentor/muse attachment than Audrey Wells’ “Guinevere” (1999), and all the more subtly rewarding for it, Marya Cohn’s debut feature is perhaps a longer shot commercially for also being less titillating. But it merits consideration from niche distributors willing to carefully nurse a film that would benefit from outreach to local literary communities. Freestyle Releasing plans a limited theatrical bow this December, with Myriad Pictures handling other U.S. formats.

Approaching 30 with no great pleasure, Alice (Emily VanCamp) is a native Manhattanite whose life looks glamorous and privileged from the outside, but frustrates her on nearly every front. She
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Fargo Season 2 Synopsis Revealed; Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Jean Smart Join

One of the best TV shows of 2014 is getting ready for what looks to be an even bigger second season. FX’s Fargo captured the dark humor and tone of the Coen Brothers‘ classic film; it was a risk that paid off brilliantly and made for some great TV viewing.

The 10-episode anthology series has put together a new cast for its second season with Patrick Wilson leading. We knwo that season 2 takes place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota in 1979, and follows a young Lou Solverson (the older Lou played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) as he investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Also coming along is Ted Danson who will play Lou’s father-in-law, Sherriff Hank Larsson, and Jean Smart is signed to play crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt.

There is now an official synopsis which outlines the roles
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Blu-ray Release: Under the Tuscan Sun

Blu-ray Release Date: July 3, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $20.00

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Diane Lane (Secretariat) shines in the romance Under the Tuscan Sun, a movie we’re happy to see gets its Blu-ray debut.

In the 2003 film, Lane plays a just-divorced writer who goes on a bus tour vacation in Tuscany in an attempt to get out of a funk. Captivated by the Italian countryside, she buys a crumbling villa there hoping it will be the start of a new, better life. With an oddball crew repairing the house, Lane tries new things and new loves.

Under the Tuscan Sun was directed and written by Audrey Wells (Guinevere), based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes.

The PG-13 movie, which was nominated for a production design Golden Globe award, also stars Sandra Oh (Rabbit Hole), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland), Raoul Bova (The Tourist) and Vincent Riotta (Nine).

The feel-good movie,
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Mumbai Mantra launches Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012

Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment division of the Mahindra Group, is  collaborating with Sundance Institute for the inaugural Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012. Eight feature film projects have been selected through a rigorous evaluation process of submissions from Indian screenwriters from around the world . These Screenwriting Fellows will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of Creative Advisors (established Screenwriters and Directors) in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with the Creative Advisors, the Screenwriting Fellows will engage in an artistically demanding process that offers indispensable lessons in craft, a fresh perspective on their work and a platform to fully realize their material.This year.s Screenwriting Fellows who will go through an immersive five day workshop (March 11-16) at a Club Mahindra Resort are: .    Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre).    Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita,
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Anusha Rizvi, Shonali Bose among 8 selected for Mahindra Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2012

Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab 2012 announced eight feature-film projects for its inaugural edition. Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui’s Opium and Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar’s Margarita, With a Straw are two of them.

The selected 8 Screenwriting Fellows will get an opportunity to develop their works under the guidance of Creative Advisors at a workshop for 5 days from March 11-16, at Club Mahindra Resort in Lonavala.

The selected 8 projects are:

Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre)

Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita, With a Straw)

Vikas Chandra (Toothache)

Rajnesh Domalpalli (Avani)

Prashant Nair (Umrica)

Anusha Rizvi & Mahmood Farooqui (Opium)

• Ajitpal Singh (Manjhi)

Kartik Singh (Public School).

The group of Creative Advisors include Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams), Marcos Bernstein (Central Station, Foreign Land), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Contact),Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth), Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou), Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti,
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Magnolia Acquires Sam Shepard's 'Blackthorn'

You don't hear much about the laconic writer and actor Sam Shepard, otherwise known as Mr. Jessica Lange, much--other than the occasional play (Curse Of The Starving Class) and cameo. But that's about to change because Magnolia Pictures has just acquired the rights to Blackthorn, a Western starring Shepard that just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will continue a run at Cannes.

Shepard stars as the iconic Butch Cassidy in his final days opposite Stephen Rea (Guinevere) and Edward Noriega, directed by Mateo Gil in his first English-language feature. In the film:

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Tooth-watching in the movies | Anne Billson

You don't often see movie dentists who are regular guys. When they're not psychos, they're played for laughs

There's a gag in Jackass 3D called "Lamborghini tooth pull" and I think we all know what that means. For all the scatological tomfoolery and "Ow, my balls!" genital mistreatment on view, I bet this is the stunt that will make us wince the most, particularly as the film opens the same week the Daily Mail has reported that increasing numbers of people are trying to avoid exorbitant dental fees by pulling their own teeth out.

If you don't have a Lamborghini, you could always try the ice-skate option, like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Or you could splice your genes with those of a housefly, like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, who subsequently finds it easy to extract a tooth using just his fingers. Or, if you were really desperate, you
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Five titles likely to generate buzz at Mipcom

Five titles likely to generate buzz at Mipcom
"The Event"

When Sean Walker begins investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiance, he stumbles upon a conspiracy that begins with his shadowy father-in-law and extends all the way to the White House. Directed/exec produced by Jeffery Reiner ("Friday Night Lights"), "The Event" features a host of small-screen veterans, including Jason Ritter ("Parenthood"), Laura Innes ("ER"), Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls") and Blair Underwood ("Dirty Sexy Money").

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"Camelot"

Currently shooting at Ireland's Ardmore Studios, this romantic adventure presents a historically authentic retelling of the classic King Arthur legend. When King Uther is poisoned by his own daughter, his legitimate but publicly unknown son, Arthur, must succeed the king and return greatness to the Castle Camelot. Led by "New Moon's" Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur, this Irish-Canadian co-production also stars Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love") as Merlin, Eva Green ("Casino Royale") as Morgan, Claire Forlani
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Naomi Watts May Play Nobel-Winning Global Activist

Well! Here I had my question already written to submit to Parade Magazine -- "I love Naomi Watts. Can you tell me what's coming up next for this talented actress?" -- and now I've stumbled across the answer myself. Thanks anyway, Walter Scott's Personality Parade!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watts is in negotiations to star in My Name Is Jody Williams, a biopic about the anti-land-mine activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. Williams, a Vermont-born schoolteacher and aid worker, shared the Nobel with the group she worked for, the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, whose efforts paid off in 1997 with the Ottawa Treaty, which has been signed by more than 150 countries pledging not to make or use anti-personnel land mines.

Williams is apparently a feisty character, famous for calling Pres. Bill Clinton a "weenie" for not signing the treaty (and surely not the only time
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Naomi Watts in talks to play ‘Jody Williams’

Actress Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Audrey Wells’ upcoming Universal drama “My Name is Jody Williams.”

According to Variety, Wells also wrote the screenplay, which is based on a true story and focuses on Jody Williams, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her involvement in an international campaign against land mines.

Williams is also known for calling former U.S. President Bill Clinton a "weenie" for not signing the land mine ban.

Wells made her directorial debut with 1999’s “Guinevere.” She most recently directed Diane Lane in “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

Watts recently starred in Michael Haneke’s English version of his “Funny Games” and David Cronenberg’s acclaimed “Eastern Promises.” Next up for her is Tom Tykwer’s “The International.”

Final word: Sound like an interesting project. I can easily picture Watts mastering this role without major difficulties.
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Rhames, Polley rise for 'Dead'

Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley are in final negotiations to star in Universal Pictures/Strike Entertainment's horror feature Dawn of the Dead for director Zack Snyder. The project, a reinvention of the 1978 horror film of the same name, goes into production next month. Written by James Gunn, Dead is about a mysterious plague that causes the newly dead to rise from their graves and begin to eat the living. During the chaos, a core group of remaining humans takes refuge in a shopping mall. These include a young nurse (Polley), the police-uniformed Kenneth (Rhames), a mall employee who works at Best Buy, a gangbanger and his pregnant Russian girlfriend. Strike's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce Dead with the film's rights holder Richard P. Rubenstein. Tom Bliss is executive producing. Rhames, repped by ICM, next stars in the Barry Levinson-directed comedy Envy and the indie feature Sin. Polley, repped by WMA, is best known for her work in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Go, Guinevere and The Weight of Water.

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