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Keanu Reeves’ latest film,Side By Side,has no car chases,explosions or slow-motion bullets like those in The Matrix.

Written by Reuters | Published: August 26, 2012 1:51:15 am

Keanu Reeves’ latest film,Side By Side,has no car chases,explosions or slow-motion bullets like those in The Matrix. But for fans of cinema,it has something even more valuable—an inside look at digital technology’s impact on traditional film. The 98-minute documentary is co-produced by Reeves,who also acts as interviewer and it features a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights discussing their views on making movies through film or digital means. Filmmakers interviewed include James Cameron,David Fincher,David Lynch,George Lucas,Danny Boyle,Martin Scorsese,Christopher Nolan and Steven Soderbergh. “It wasn’t easy and it took almost a year to film everyone,” he said.

Picasso’s life has inspired two movies by two of Spain’s veteran directors. Carlos Saura is preparing 33 Dias (33 Days),which will focus on the artist’s emotional upheaval in 1937,when he painted Guernica,his harrowing representation of the bombing of a Basque town that has come to symbolise the outrage of warfare. And in the autumn Fernando Colomo is to release La Banda Picasso (Picasso’s Gang) about how Picasso found himself entangled in the stunning theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris in 1911. Colomo,66,said he had spent about eight years researching and preparing his script,reading during that time almost 100 books on Picasso,so that “this movie has probably required more work than all my previous 19 films combined.”

Taylor Swift,the 22-year-old singer’s latest single made a record-breaking entry on Wednesday on Billboard Digital Songs chart,scoring the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a female artist. Her song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,an infectious,punky country-pop anthem,quickly rose through the charts and gained strong radio play after its release,selling 623,000 downloads,according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ke$ha’s TiK ToK previously held the title for the biggest first-week digital sales by a female artist,with 610,000 downloads. Only male rapper Flo Rida’s Right Round,sits above Swift as the single with the largest first-week download sales.

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