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Martin Scorsese's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, has revealed that the director's shift to digital filmmaking for the 3-D romp "Hugo" wasn't just a passing fancy. Scorsese's upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street" (adapted from Jordan Belfort's autobiography) -- and its likely for all his films from now onward -- will be shot in the newer medium. Schoonmaker points out one of the hazards of a decline in actual film production: fewer prints of existing films will be made, and fewer theaters will have the equipment upon which to project them -- and the cost of preserving and converting such films may result in some being lost to the ages.
Get in on the ground floor of a great film podcast: The first episode of "Bonnie & Maude" lingers over 2010's "Tiny Furniture," and explores the ways in which female ugliness is portrayed in the movies. The podcast is the brainchild of NYC filmsters Kseniya Yarosh (I Love Bad Movies) and Eleanor Kagan (The Hoot!).
The site i09 has rounded up a list of all the upcoming science-fiction films that are neither remakes nor sequels nor prequels -- about fifty in all. Lucky for us, nearly all of them are adapted from books. Will Cloud Atlas, The Host, and Life of Pi collectively usher in a new generation of original sci-fi filmmaking? (Better question: Will any of them result in sequel films that have no basis in literature?)
Remember how Wu-Tang Clan-member RZA composed the soundtrack for the first volume of "Kill Bill"? It turns out he's got more in common with Quentin Tarantino than just being a kung fu movie aficionado -- he also intends to direct his own. RZA's written a script called "The Man With the Iron Fists," which he's been working on with a little help from horror director Eli Roth. The cast as listed on IMDB -- Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier -- makes this one to watch out for.