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    Guillermo Del Toro Says $150 Million 'Mountains' Budget Was Approved By Universal

    Filmmaker Still Seems Unclear Why Universal Walked Away From Project, "I Am As Puzzled As Most People Are" & More Learned From Extensive InterviewJust days after Universal canned Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating dream project "At the Mountains of Madness," the director is now opening up about wha...

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    Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

    Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via it...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Fightville" Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein

    Mixed Martial Arts has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. H...

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    Sylvester Stallone Won't Be Writing Or Directing 'The Expendables 2'

    Call it mad genius or a stroke of luck, but Sylvester Stallone seemed to have found a cinematic scratch that wasn't being itched when he got together a bunch of aging action stars, put them in a movie he co-wrote and directed, and smiled to himself as "The Expendables" went on and snatched up $275 m...

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    The SXSW 11 For '11: iW's Picks For the Upcoming Festival

    With better weather than Sundance and friendlier guidelines than Cannes, the South by Southwest Film Festival is the rare circuit powerhouse that is also an unadulterated good time. In between BBQ binges and great music, SXSW attendees can see 140 features (including 66 world premieres, many of...

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    The Berlinale is Much More Than a Film Festival

    The best summation of the festival itself was the New York Times article by Dennis Lim which contextualizes the festival and its films:

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    Michael Bay Says He Was "2 Martinis" In When Talking About "Small" 'Pulp Fiction'-Like Movie

    Tentpole Director Says Paramount President Begged Him To Direct 'Transformers 3,' Plus The Dos & Donts Commandments Of 'Dark Of The Moon'In the spring of 2009, just two months before "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," hit theaters and was roasted alive by critics (but succeeded massively at the ...

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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Michelle Rodriguez

    I love how this woman is able to talk about the roles women play in Hollywood because she doesn't play them. She entered into the business in Girlfight and has been the action go to girl since then. She plays another action type character in the big budget Battle: Los Angeles opening Friday. Here...

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    Authors Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Developing 'Hobgoblin,' HBO Series About Magicians In WW2

    Michael Chabon is, incontestably, one of our favorite working writers. A terrific short-story writer and essayist, he particularly shines in his longer-form work, where he often tinkers with genre tropes, applying them to recent Jewish history to frequently astounding effect, as in "The Amazing Adve...

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    Rising Star Miles Fisher Latest Name Added To Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    Filming's been underway for some time now, but more are being added to the starry ensemble for Clint Eastwood's latest film, a collaboration with Oscar-winning "Milk" writer Dustin Lance Black, which follows the life and career of legendary, much-feared F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover. "J. Edgar," as the project is titled, stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, with "The Social Network"'s Winklevi, Armie Hammer, as his colleague/rumored love Clyde Toulson, Judi Dench as his mother, Naomi Watts as his long-time secretary and a who's who of character actors in support, including Ken Howard, Stephen Root, Josh Lucas and "Justified" co-star D...

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