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    Orlando Film Festival — Seen anything you liked?

    Posted: 21 Oct 2011 12:53 PM PDT

    I ducked into the Orlando Film Festival, running now through Sunday at downtown Orlando’s Plaza Cinema Cafe, just to see if there were titles I’d missed in previewing it that I shouldn’t and to make sure they’d kept their word about fixing the projection issues they have had in previous years.

    Yes, I saw a pretty good documentary on the bank robber Willie Sutton, whom I learned never answered the question, “Why do you rob banks?” with “That’s where the money is.” And yes, I caught a couple of other films with only the occasional computer projection shutdown or odd audio hum or soundtrack swoosh (the latter caused in recording the sound to “Whisper me a Lullaby”).

    How about you? Seen anything that grabbed you? Quality of experience? Comment below.

    A decent turnout for a weekday afternoon, even if lots of the people in the audience for these matinees were filmmakers. I’ll be dropping in on a couple of films this weekend as well. The showings are free, but go to their website to reserve tickets. The weekend showings are sure to be a lot more crowded, especially of films shot locally.

    Sarah Jessica Parker in search of ‘A Fair Marriage’

    Posted: 21 Oct 2011 05:22 AM PDT

    The “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker has taken hold of a project titled “A Fair Marriage” with an eye toward producing and starring in it.

    Playwright Daniel Goldfarb is writing the script, Variety says.  It’s about a woman who rediscovers her love for husband and family by becoming someone else.

    Carey Mulligan goes for the Coens in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    Posted: 21 Oct 2011 05:17 AM PDT

    The next planned Coen Brothers picture is another period piece, this one set in the ’60s New York music scene.

    They’ve just landed British starlet Carey Mulligan for the female lead. Oscar Isaac will star, playing a musician trying to crack the tough Big Apple music code during the era when pop had its Brill Building songsmiths, jazz was cool and rock was set to take over.

    Naturally, the Coen Brothers’ movie will be about the folk scene that produced Dylan, Baez, et al.

    Mulligan is also slated to help Spike Jonze arrange Joaquin Phoenix’s comeback in a satiric piece written by Charlie Kaufman about world leaders gathering to head off some sort of catastrophe.