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Lena Dunham's Not Sure If She Wants to Act Anymore

Lena Dunham's hilarious turn on this past weekend's SNL reiterated something: Aside from being a talented writer and director, the woman's got delivery chops. She's easily the strongest actress of the four female leads on "Girls." But, per an interview with Glamour magazine, Dunham may not want to be in front of the camera for much longer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 1:52 PM
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Here Are Sam Mendes' 25 Rules for Directors

Director Sam Mendes, who has "Bond 24" coming up next year, was recently feted at New York's Roundabout Theater Company's spring gala. In his acceptance of the honor, Mendes read aloud the 25 rules for "becoming a happier director" he's accrued over his career. Check those out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 11:56 AM
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San Francisco Film Society Selects 15 Finalists for Spring 2014 Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have selected 15 finalists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants. More than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more of the narrative feature film project finalists listed below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 2:12 PM
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BOND360's Marc Schiller on Why 'Particle Fever' Is the Future of DIY Film Distribution (TRAILERS)

Back in February, the Barnes Brothers attempted to shoot a documentary about the lives of Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook and other touring songwriters residing in the burgeoning East Nashville neighborhood. Well, they failed. Drugs and booze took over. What they ended up with is "East Nashville Tonight." "East Nashville Tonight'" provides "a wonderful opportunity to start to learn what works and doesn't work," says BOND 360 CEO Marc Schiller, "and also understand how to maximize the relationship we have with fans and audiences to grow the business."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2014 1:27 PM
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You Betcha: 'Fargo' Arriving on Newly Remastered Blu-ray

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 1:22 PM
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SXSW Deal: Oscilloscope Takes Comedy 'Buzzard' by Joel Potrykus (TRAILER)

A few days shy of the 2014 edition of SXSW, Oscilloscope has nabbed comedy "Buzzard," set to make its world premiere at the fest on March 8. Directed by Joel Potrykus, it follows a small-time scam artist who finds himself on a strange journey to Detroit, with only bad checks, a Nintendo Power Glove and his own grumpiness to keep him company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:59 PM
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$50,000 Alfred P. Sloan Student Screenwriting Prize Goes to 'Survival of the Fittest,' by UCLA's Laura Alsum

The Tribeca Film Institute has revealed the recipient of the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting. “Survival of the Fittest” by Laura Alsum, a UCLA film student, was selected as winner from the science-themed scripts submitted by six leading film schools participating in Sloan’s National Film Program.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2014 12:52 PM
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David Fincher In Early Talks to Helm Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic

Following their collaboration on "The Social Network," it seems that director David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin (who scored a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the film) will re-team. Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic script, based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography, is reportedly poised to have Fincher at the helm.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 26, 2014 2:48 PM
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Lena Dunham to Make SNL Hosting Debut on March 8

Add "SNL host" to Lena Dunham's long list of accomplishments. The "Girls" creator and star is set to host the show on March 8.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 1:07 PM
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'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga Has Untitled War Project In the Works at Fox

Needless to say, "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga is on a roll right now. As that eight-episode HBO series unspools with many a fervent admirer (and a few dissenters), Fukunaga has sold a six-figure pitch to Fox. The project is untitled and set during contemporary wartime; Nicole Riegel, a fellow Sundance lab alum like Fukunaga, is set to write it.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 12:02 PM
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