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IFC Films acquired Madonna’s feature film directorial debut – Filth & Wisdom – which was originally envisioned as a short film and they’ve released the first official trailer. The film is co-written and directed by Madonna.

Filth & Wisdom: Andriy Krystiyan, or A K for short, has come to England from the Ukraine. A K is a philosopher (at least that’s what he claims to be), a poet, and an authority on all aspects of life. At the same time, he is following his grand plan to become an international star. Global stardom is how A K describes the goal that he and his band Gogol Bordello are pursuing with their particular brand of boisterous gypsy punk. For the time being, however, he makes ends meet by performing role play in women’s clothing for straight married men. A K shares a flat with two young women named Juliette and Holly. Juliette dreams of being a kind of Florence Nightingale of the developing world. She is currently working behind the counter at the local drug store run by Sardeep, the Indian chemist. Holly is a trained ballerina. Her big dream is to dance with the Royal Ballet. So far she hasn’t been able to earn a single penny with her dancing, and continues to ‘polish’ her skills as a pole dancer at Beechman’s Exotic Gentleman’s Club.

Madonna is repped by Bryan Lourd and Rick Hess @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Filth & Wisdom hits theaters starting on October 17, and check IFC for the full theaterical release schedule.

Benjamin McKenzie shooting an ensemble television pilot – Police / LAPD – on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Police is an NBC drama set among the cops and detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department, and the cast includes Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Michael McGrady, Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Tom Everett Scott and Arija Bareikis.

The Police pilot began shooting on September 23 and is scheduled to complete shooting on October 14, and directed by Christopher Chulack.

Benjamin McKenzie is repped by Michael Cooper @ William Morris Agency.

Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw and Emma Thompson attend their premiere of director Julian Jarrold’s Brideshead Revisited at Chelsea Cinema in London, England. Brideshead Revisited was released in the United States on July 25.


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Brideshead Revisited: Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles’ infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

We love introducing our readers to new, cool discoveries, and we got advance word on a new, kick-ass forum – Film Festival Lounge (FFL) (created by Los Angelenians), check it out – now – and participate: They rate us, now let’s rate them!

The Film Festival Lounge is designed to allow filmmakers to communicate openly and honestly about festival experiences for the benefit of other filmmakers, as well as for festival organizers interested in hearing the raw truth about their festival. As festival-goers ourselves we’ve noticed that the favorite topic of discussion among filmmakers at festivals – is other festivals. Whether happy or horror stories, filmmakers love to gossip, vent, and brag about swanky swag, hospitality, treatment of short filmmakers vs. features filmmakers, lost tapes, destroyed prints, mind-boggling parties, networking opportunities, quality of film selections, great food, high submission fees vs. no submission fees, et cetera.

Of course, festivals do change year after year – one year they offer hotel rooms, the next year tents; one year the parties are incredible the next year budget cuts move them to grandma’s basement – but more often than not, last year’s filmmaker is the best source of information for this year’s festival.

So please… spill all and help guide your fellow filmmaker while giving kudos or critique to festival organizers who rarely hear the real truth directly from us (that’d just be dumb!). And next time you get accepted or wish to apply to a festival stop here first to get the real scoop for what’s headed your way.

http://www.reserveresult.com/2008/09/film-festival-lounge-1st-look.html

Omar Benson Miller, Rob Brown, Justin Martin, Dennis Quaid and Darrin Dewitt Henson attend their premiere of director Gary Fleder’s The Express at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The Express is based on the life of college football superstar Ernie Davis, who, in 1961, became the first black man to win the Heisman trophy. He went first in the NFL draft, but didn’t play after being diagnosed with Leukemia.


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The Express comes in theaters on Friday, October 10.

Synopsis: The true story of Ernie Davis, two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University who led his team to the national championship in 1960. In 1961, he became the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Later that year, he was the first pick in the NFL draft. But Davis never got the chance to play professional football, he was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer of 1962 and died nearly a year later.

The July 20th Plot on Hitler’s life is one of the most heroic, but least known episodes of World War II history. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance, and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler’s once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation’s government–he must kill Hitler himself.

Valkyrie hits theaters on Friday, December 26.

Chuck Palahniuk, Bijou Phillips, Jennifer Grey, Zac Posen, Scott Weiland, Paz De La Huerta and Sam Rockwell attend the premiere of writer and director Clark Gregg’s Choke at Sunshine Cinema in New York City.

Choke opens in theaters on Friday, September 26.


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