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    SXSW Unveils First Round of Session Spotlights for 2012 Festival

    Five months out from the fest, the SXSW Film Conference and Festival unveiled the first round of confirmed sessions for the March conference portion of the event. Highlighted conversations include a talk with Cliff Martinez, the composer of "Drive"'s score and a return of Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Wor...

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    SXSW 2012 Announces First Round of Panels; Drive Composer Cliff Martinez, Tambor's Acting Workshop

    The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announces the first of its 2012 panels. The festival, in its 19th year, will be held March 9-17, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Among other highlights of SXSW including Jeffrey Tambor's returning Acting Workshop, the fest will feature the requisite DIY fi...

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    Tobey Maguire & Joel Edgerton Do Some Old Timey Boxing In Set Pics From 'The Great Gatsby'

    While there has only been one "official" photo thus far from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the paparazzi are in full effect on the set of the film that is now shooting in Sydney and they've brought back some interesting goods: old timey boxing!

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    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    There is no shame in earning an NC-17 rating. Filmmaker Steve McQueen, when he made his deal for MPAA-signatory Fox Searchlight to release Shame (December 2), made it clear that he embraced the rating, which the ratings board officially gave the film this week. This is no surprise. Besides, Searchli...

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    Eddie Murphy Says Another "Beverly Hills Cop" Movie Not Happening But TV Show In The Works

    Well, this might be a downer for all you Beverly Hills Cop fans out there but it seems another franchise movie won't be happening according to Eddie Murphy.

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    At Tokyo Film Fest, Japan's 3/11 Earthquake/Tsunami is Front and Center

    At the Tokyo International Film Festival, now under way, the impact on Japan of the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake is front and center. Liza Foreman reports from Tokyo.In the documentary Fukushima Hula Girls, director Masaki Kobayashi gives an unusual perspective on the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in March 2011. The film follows a displaced troupe of hula dancers who worked for a popular Hawaiian resort that was shut down in the wake of the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. Going some way to fill in the gaps on how the disaster impacted local lives, the documentary is one of a number of films playing at th...

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    In Case You Had Any Doubt, 'Shame' Is Officially Rated NC-17

    Ever since the film first unspooled at the Venice Film Festival, the big question surrounding Steve McQueen's "Shame" was who would decide to take on the risky, explicit film about sex addiction that due to its graphic content was headed for an NC-17 rating. As those who have seen it already know, the picture is a finely honed and paced piece of work and it's difficult to know what McQueen could cut to secure a much more box office and marketing friendly R-rating, but he put the ball back in the distributor's court. If anyone decided to take on the movie, they would have to take "Shame" as is. Well, the always adventurous Fox Searchlight step...

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    Contest Giveaway: Copies Of The Biography 'Steve McQueen' By Marc Eliot

    No, we're not talking about the latest filmmaking sensation from Britain, but instead about American acting legend Steve McQueen, and while you might be busy devouring another hot biography about a certain recently deceased tech icon, we think you should probably make room for this one.

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    Kerry Washington Confirmed As Broomhilda In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    After a raft of casting that has seen pretty much every role big and small get filled, the one big question mark remaining for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" was who would take on the part of Broomhilda, the lead character's slave wife who is sold off and raped, setting Django on his mission...

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    "Shame" Branded with NC-17; Will Distributor Embrace Rating?

    "Shame" Branded with NC-17; Will Distributor Embrace Rating?

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