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    SXSW: "I Don't Think It's Too Horrific" & More Learned From 'Attack The Block' Director Joe Cornish

    By all accounts, it's been a remarkably strong SXSW festival so far, with a number of films picking up extremely positive buzz, or adding to the buzz that was already behind them. First and foremost among them was "Attack the Block." We've been looking forward to Joe Cornish's directorial debut ever...

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    Space Is The Place: Fox & McG Team For Sci Fi Film; Shane Abbess To Helm '7th Day' By Ben Ripley

    Regardless of the overall eye-melting shittiness of "Battle: Los Angeles," the film dominated the box office this past weekend proving that audiences still want to see shit blow up real good, no matter how awful it is. So no wonder then that Fox and McG are teaming up for a sci-fi movie based on a s...

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    Pilot Casting: Sevigny for Lizzie Borden, Drescher Happily Divorced, Chenoweth's Christian Bitches

    - Several actresses are lining up TV pilots. Chloe Sevigny, of Big Love (which is winding up its final fifth season run on HBO), is attached to star in an HBO miniseries, reports Variety, about the infamous Lizzie Borden (pictured, 1890), to be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone.

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    SXSW Review: Basketball Doc 'Elevate' Scores

    In the last few years, documentary films (at least the ones that are seen by everybody outside of HBO subscribers or museum frequenters) have splintered, roughly, into two camps. In one camp are the "issue" films that tackle some kind of grand social or environmental concern (like, say, the diorama-...

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    SXSW Video: Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal Talk Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to sci-fi script Source Code when he saw Duncan Jones' $5 million space drama Moon, starring Sam Rockwell in a multi-layered performance. He thought Jones was perfectly suited to direct Source Code, which played well as the SXSW Film Fest opener Friday night. Summit will...

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    SXSW Review: Mike Mills 'Beginners' Is A Wonderfully Attuned & Empathetic Look At Love, Life & Grief

    Touching, heartfelt, melancholy and suffused with a gentle humanity (pick your soulful cliché), with his sophomore drama, "Beginners," filmmaker Mike Mills demonstrates once more that he's acutely attuned to the bittersweet and funny frequency broadcast from the pain of love and life. Mills' empathy antenna has always been sensitively in harmony with the human condition, as evinced by the overlooked "Thumbsucker," his more recent music videos and the short, "Does Your Soul Have A Cold?" (which almost feels a companion piece here). And in "Beginners" he masterfully demonstrates a generous and thoughtful perspective on emotional suffering, crea...

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    Amazing Photos Of Polanski and Cast at "Carnage" Wrap Party

    Now this is a wrap party you want to be a fly on the wall at. Roman Polanski's "Carnage" - starring a ridiculously strong cast in Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster (in the most promising role she's had in well over a decade) - finished principal photography, and the cast...

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    SXSW: Duncan Jones & Screenwriter Ben Ripley Talk The Reality Bending 'Source Code'

    Duncan Jones' "Source Code" booted up at SXSW, kicking off festivities last week, and word has been good. In our review, we noted that "Jones remains a strong and original voice in a genre badly needing of both" and whatever you may think of his followup to "Moon," it is undeniably unlike any other ...

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    J.K. Simmons Joins Mark Wahlberg In 'Contraband'

    With filming already underway, Mark Wahlberg's "Contraband" has added one more to the dirty dealing picture.

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    Tribeca Film Festival - Lineup Part 2

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineups for the Spotlight, CinemaMania Section and Special screenings yesterday. The CinemaMania section has eight films and none are directed by women. Neither of the special screenings are directed by women and only one of the five in the sports film festi...

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