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Paul Verhoven's first film made outside of Hollywood in 22 years, is also his most rapturously reviewed work in ages. Since winning "Best International Film" at the Venice Film Festival last year it has amassed a buzz that one of his films hadn't generated since The 4th Man. Black Book is the story of a young Dutch Jewish girl who barely escapes the war in Holland, only to join the resistance to see if she can discover who betrayed her family, and caused their deaths. Ripe with Verhoven's trademark stylized flourishes, Black Book looks as though it may just be good enough to make people stop referring to him as "the director of Showgirls".

There’s a slight possibility that you’ve already heard about Grindhouse, an understated little three-hour epic of excess helmed by two shy and retiring young men, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. More likely, though, you’ve been excitedly following every tiny snippet of news about the film, know the trailer by heart, and bought your tickets for the first screening months ago, and you won’t need me to tell you that this is the week the waiting comes to an end. Get ready to bask in the glories of Rodriguez’s Planet Terror, Tarantino’s Death Proof, and some choice fake trailers by Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright. Yes, Grindhouse is all but upon us.

The David O. Russell / Lily Tomlin videos that leaked recently have become the indie world's equivalent of the Paris Hilton sex tape - incendiary and illicitly thrilling. The blogosphere's exposure of the clips prompted Tomlin to laugh off her conflict with Russell, and George Clooney - who famously clashed with Russell on Three Kings and is the rumored co-leaker of the clips, along with sound mixer Edward Tise - denies the charge and has offered $1m to anyone who can link him to the release of the clips.

Russell himself has been notably silent, yet this week there are reports that he is having problems with Vince Vaughn during pre-production on The H-Man...


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It's just one week until Grindhouse is upon us, but in the meantime here are some little tidbits to keep you going. Over at IESB there are behind the scenes clips of all five directors at work, you can see what happened at the Entertainment Weekly's covershoot for Grindhouse here and, if you feel the desire to kill five minutes at work, Time Out will help you pitch a grindhouse movie to Robert Rodriguez.

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Scott Frank is one of Hollywood's most respected scriptwriters, and now one of its most promising directors. Frank's first produced script was high school comedy thriller Plain Clothes (1988), but his breakthrough came in 1991 when his original scripts for both Dead Again and Little Man Tate came to the screen. Since then, he has shown great talent at adapting novels: he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Out of Sight (1998), having already turned another Elmore Leonard novel, Get Shorty (1995), into a big hit. Frank also co-wrote Malice (1993) and adapted James Lee Burke's Heaven's Prisoners for his brother-in-law Phil Joanou, while his more recent credits include Minority Report (2002), The Flight of the Phoenix (2004) and The Interpreter (2005)...

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