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EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"

EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"
Writer-director James Westby's Rid of Me is a black comedy featuring Katie O'Grady as a young married woman on a journey through embarrassment, emotional breakthroughs and rediscovery. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. The synopsis and poster are also below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:16 AM
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Joe Wright on Hanna, Karenina, David Lynch, Fairy Tales; Slams Sucker Punch's Sexual Objectification

Check out a taste of Vanity Fair's interview with Hanna director Joe Wright. On why he was attracted to a character like Hanna: "I've always been drawn to characters like Chauncey Gardener and E.T.—characters who, because of never having seen or experienced the world before, are fascinated by the electric kettle or see the objectification of women in a clearer light." Vanity Fair says that's funny because Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder would say the same thing, and play the irony card. Wright adds:"I haven’t seen Sucker Punch, but I think the main issue with female empowerment is the sexual objectification of women. Looking at the poster of Sucker Punch, I would say that is perpetuating the sexual objectification, therefore I can’t see how that is empowering…I don’t really believe in irony. I think irony is a kind of hiding place for dishonesty. It’s an intellectual trick, but there’s no heart in irony. There needs to be heart in our social change."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 6:27 AM
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In The Works: Bullock and Freeman May Chase Somali Pirates, Meg Ryan Directs, Medallion Adds Stars

- Sandra Bullock and Morgan Freeman are wanted for an adaptation of 2010 Somali pirate novel , by 85-year-old writer Elmore Leonard (Justified, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight). "We're trying to get my new book Djibouti [made as a film]," Leonard told Digital Spy. "Morgan Freeman likes it a lot. In fact, I even thought of him while I was writing it," he said. Apparently Samuel L. Jackson has already turned down a part because he wasn't the star (though Leonard insisted his character would have all the good lines) and Freeman dubbed Bullock as first choice for the female lead. The story follows an award-winning filmmaker and a 72-year old African American seafarer who pair to get footage of Somali pirates in action.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 6:23 AM
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Arthur Early Reviews: "Dispiritingly Witless," "Crude instead of Whimsical"

Arthur Early Reviews: "Dispiritingly Witless," "Crude instead of Whimsical"
In this remake of the 1981 classic, Arthur, Russell Brand takes on Dudley Moore's comic drunk, joined by Helen Mirren (in John Gielgud's butler role) and rival girlfriends Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner. Directed by Jason Winer (TV's Modern Family) from Peter Baynham's revamp of Steve Gordon's original script, this ensemble relationship comedy is failing to find critical validation. Early reviews, photos and the trailer are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 3:51 AM
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Netflix Lands Streaming Rights to Mad Men Reruns

Netflix has scored another coup, landing exclusive streaming rights to Mad Men reruns from Lionsgate TV, reports Variety:Episodes from the AMC drama's first four seasons will bow July 27. Deal covers all seven seasons of the Emmy-winning drama. Pact is believed to be worth nearly $1 million an episode for the series. It's believed that Netflix will be the primary off-net window for the series, given the high price tag.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 11:20 AM
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TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies

TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies
After a rousing launch last year in Los Angeles, the TCM Classic Film Festival will return to Hollywood this year, running Thursday, April 28th through Sunday, May 1st. TCM is promising an even bigger and better celebration of the history of Hollywood this time around. Passes run from $299 to a whopping $599.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 9:29 AM
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Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes

Women in Film's 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards honorees are listed below. WIF LA honors the industry's most "creative, dynamic and forceful" women, and will throw a gala fundraiser on June 16 in their honor and in support of WIF LA's educational and philanthropic programs. Says new WIF LA president, Cathy Shulman: "Each of these women has made a genuine impact.  Collectively, as leaders in every aspect of their lives, professionally and philanthropically, they stand as shining examples to men and women throughout the entertainment industry that achieving everything is possible.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 9:24 AM
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Your Highness Early Reviews: "Utterly Batshit Insane, Misguided, Chaotic, Teenage Titillation"

Your Highness Early Reviews: "Utterly Batshit Insane, Misguided, Chaotic, Teenage Titillation"
Your Highness opens April 8 with Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel (trailer below). Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green directs. The script comes from McBride and his Eastbound & Down co-writer Ben Best.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 7:37 AM
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President Obama's Re-Election Campaign Ad; Directors Who Could Do It Better

We all knew Obama would run for re-election. The real question is why use such a dull campaign video? Watch it below. Movieline suggests five Hollywood directors who would do a better job. Our favorite two are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 6:58 AM
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Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 6:49 AM
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