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Evan Rachel Wood is reuniting with director Catherine Hardwicke for an erotic thriller set in the turbulent world of Los Angeles' rock-and-roll community, TheWrap has confirmed.

Although the script to "Plush," which Hardwicke and Artie Nelson wrote, is under wraps, the movie is said to be a 21st century "Fatal Attraction."

The movie will be Hardwicke and Wood's first collaboration since their 2003 "Thirteen."

IM Global is selling the project at the European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is handling U.S. rights.

Since working together on "Thirteen," Hardwicke has directed "Lords of Dogtown," "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood." Wood (right) has gone on to star in the television series "True Blood" and the movies "Running With Scissors" and "The Wrestler," among others.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news


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In this new video of Catherine Hardwicke being interviewed recently at Sundance, she says that she may make a new film with Evan Rachel Wood! It would be great to see them work together again. From 3:12 onwards:


Actress Noomi Rapace is "not worried" about teaming up with her ex-husband on a new movie, insisting the project has helped "reunite" the former couple.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star married actor Ola Rapace in 2001 and they went on to have a son, Lev, two years later (03).

They split last year (10), but are now set to play lovers in new film Knockout - and the actress is looking forward to repairing her friendship with her ex.

She tells Britain's Stella magazine, "I'm not worried, you know. It's quite good to have a shared goal, something we can fight for together. It kind of reunites us, so we are on the same side again."


'Miss Representation' To Premiere on OWN

Miss Representation, featuring Catherine Hardwicke, will premiere on OWN Thursday October 20th at 9 pm.

Some of America's most influential women, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem, come together to give audiences an inside look at the media's message and depiction of women.

Newest Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) from Miss Representation on Vimeo.

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Texas native will kick off VIFF’s New Filmmaker’s Day

VANCOUVER -- Before she had a Twilight budget to work with, director Catherine Hardwicke had to make every dollar, and every moment behind the scenes count.

With Thirteen, her critically acclaimed directorial debut, the Texas native had just $1.5 million to bring the story of a straight-A student’s descent into a life of sex, drugs and petty crime to the big screen.

“On that one, I had such a very detailed shot list, and diagrams of how we were going to film every scene, and I had rehearsed with the actors,” said Hardwicke.

“That’s what made it possible to shoot that movie.”

On Oct. 1, Hardwicke will kick off New Filmmakers Day at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Film and TV Forum with a workshop on the preparation process behind movie production.

Titled The Art of Prep: Directing Workshop, the 75-minute seminar will focus on creating tight shot lists, script development, the advantages of storyboards and other tips.

It will include handouts, audience participation throughout and examples illustrated with clips from Hardwicke’s work, including Thirteen.

The independent film garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Golden Globe nominations for stars Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter, and an Academy Award nomination for Hunter. Hardwicke’s other works include Vancouver-shot Red Riding Hood, a gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale; The Nativity Story; and the skateboard movie Lords of Dogtown.

Hardwicke also will discuss her experience directing Twilight, the vampire blockbuster that grossed $69.6 million on opening weekend — the highest opening ever for a film by a female director.

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Finding Joe: Film Review

Twenty "visionaries" talk to the camera about Joseph Campbell's major findings in his life-long study of mythology and the human experience.

If you don’t mind being lectured to for 80 minutes, Patrick Takaya Solomon’s Finding Joe makes an excellent primer on the seminal teachings and discoveries of the late mythologist Joseph Campbell. Only a few old photos of the famed Sarah Lawrence professor appear on screen and the film contains not a single interview with him. Instead Solomon tracks down 20 “visionaries” to express Campbell’s major findings in his study of mythology.

These startlingly radiant, at times even joyous, faces expound about Campbell’s wisdom, often completing each other’s sentences. Much of this is drawn from Campbell’s seminal book, The Hero’s Journey, published in 1949.

The whole thing takes on the aspect of a self-help movie rather than a documentary though. These disciples peach the gospel of Joe and, one suspects, they’ll be preaching more or less to the choir in the film’s limited engagements that start in western states. (Does the filmmaker believe this is a “Left Coast” film?)

Solomon brings his interviewees in from several fields but labels many with vague terms such as “Best Selling Author” or “Philosopher/Entrepreneur.” It might have been helpful for a viewer know what books the person authored or what business he might have launched.

Some come from the show business such as Mike Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, film director Catherine Hardwicke, screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldman and actress-writer Rashida Jones.

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Learning from best in the business


Vancouver Film and Television Forum

Where: Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour

When: Sept. 27-Oct. 1 Tickets: Registration and schedule at viff.org

U.S. director Catherine Hardwicke learned about directing as a production designer, working for and watching directors David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, Cameron Crowe and others.

She made the jump to directing herself with the acclaimed 2003 drama Thirteen and went on to launch the Twilight franchise when she cast Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the first of those movies. An early lesson from her production designer days - it doesn't matter how good the movie looks if the acting and the story don't work.

"I could as a production designer work really, really hard, and get every detail right, have the coolest things on the wall, neat aging on the door jamb, everything was spectacular in my mind, and then if the story or the actors were like, whatever, it didn't matter," says Hardwicke, who comes to Vancouver Oct. 1 to talk to new filmmakers about prepping a film at the Vancouver Film and Television Forum.

The forum runs in conjunction with the Vancouver International Film Festival. To prepare for her own jump to directing, Hardwicke took acting classes off and on for five years.

"I knew I had the visual experience before I became a director, but I had to get a handle on the acting side," she says in a soft Texas accent over the phone from her Los Angeles office. "I made myself get up there and perform showcases and comedy improv, scene study classes, so I would have a clue how to work with actors."

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