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    SXSW Video: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Twilight, Women in Hollywood

    Women directors really do have a tough time. So many factors work against them, no matter how successful they are, in terms of what the powers that be will let them do. Big-budget action films? Mimi Leder and Kathryn Bigelow are among the few who have been allowed into that club. Back in the day whe...

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    SXSW: Paul Reubens Says He's Heard Rumors That David O. Russell's Camp Is Trying To Bury 'Nailed'

    Says The Film Is "Great" And Features Strong Performances From Jake Gyllenhaal & Jessica Biel; Reveals That He Was Screamed At The First Day On SetThe sordid saga of David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" continues. The short version of the story goes like this: production on the film was stopped and started numerous times as shady financier David Bergstein kept running out of money and eventually the film shut down completely with only one scene left to be filmed. The movie has since changed hands to new owners who are eager to finish the film, but David O. Russell has washed his hands of the movie, and moved on to shoot the critically acclaime...

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    SXSW: Hope For The Marvel Fans: Joe Cornish & Edgar Wright May Be Finishing Up 'Ant-Man' Script Soon

    In case you haven't heard, "Attack The Block" killed Saturday night at SXSW and our writers in Austin flat out loved it (check out our review). We got some coffee in our system and sat down with director Joe Cornish and executive producer Edgar Wright on Sunday to talk about the film, and they revea...

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    SXSW: Paul Reubens Says Judd Apatow Is Swearing Him To Secrecy On The Plot Of The Pee Wee Movie

    Actor Wants To Use CGI To De-Age His FaceEver since it was revealed that comedy giant Judd Apatow would be producing and possibly directing a new, Pee Wee Herman movie, interviewers have been trying to squeeze details out of Apatow without much luck. Recently, all Apatow would confirm is that it wouldn't be a direct sequel and the film would exist very much in a world of it's own without necessarily reflecting to previous films. However, Paul Reubens has proven to be much more chatty about the gestating film and in a panel conversation this afternoon at SXSW, the actor revealed that as much as he wanted to spill the beans, Apatow's iron grip ...

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    Weekend Box Office: Battle: Los Angeles Grabs Men; Red Riding Hood is Soft

    [Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]The action blockbuster trumped the tween fairy tale at the weekend box office, while Jane Eyre scored the best specialty opening of the year (see indieWIRE). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.A disaster film showed some fireworks at the weekend box office but not enough to make up for the damage many distributors have endured this year. Sony’s sci-fi invasion title Battle: Los Angeles easily secured $36 million at 3,417 theaters, showing that old tricks still work. Despite the gripes that this year has been plagued by bad movies and that the yo...

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    A Universe Of Images From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Revealed

    Update: Images removed at the request of Fox Searchlight.

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    SXSW Review: James Gunn's 'Super' With Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Is Twisted, But Uneven

    “Shut up, Crime!” bellows Rainn Wilson in “Super.” Such a random demand is highlighted by the outsized appearance of the speaker, clad in thick red fabrics, stocky and pear-shaped within a makeshift superhero costume. It serves as a power fantasy for him, a power fantasy for us. As seen through the...

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    SXSW Review: 'Attack The Block' An Intense, Entertaining Alien Invasion Pic Buoyed By Its Young Cast

    Claustrophobia breeds suspense in science fiction, whether it be on a dank space ship like in “Alien” or a distant desert outpost like Richard Stanley‘s “Hardware.” In “Attack The Block,” which shares some DNA with the two films, we experience what might be a global invasion of serious concern, but ...

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    Edgar Wright Offered The Chance To Direct An Episode Of 'The Walking Dead' For Season 2

    It seems that Edgar Wright has been on a never-ending press run for the past little while. With the run of interviews for "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" now ending -- it only recently opened in Japan -- the helmer is currently in Austin helping to get the word out about Joe Cornish's alien invasion flick "Attack The Block" which he executive produced and played to a gangbusters reception at SXSW last night (look for our review later today). While Wright is yet to decide on his followup to 'Pilgrim', in an interview with Collider, Wright revealed he's been given the chance to take another crack at zombies in one of the most acclaimed new televi...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Battle: Los Angeles' Invades Theaters And Takes $36 Million

    Get those royalties to Johan Johannsson. It was the ad campaign for “Battle: Los Angeles” that helped this starless experiment hit number one. Showcasing disaster movie footage with that doc-film veirsimilitude to Johannsson’s over worldly drone certainly had an affect on moviegoers, as the film took the top spot at the box office with a solid $36 million. The film should be a sure thing for $100+, and if it has legs, even more. Sony reports the budget figure is $70 million, which smells like bullshit, but if it’s true, this weekend is good news all around. Unless you like good movies and hate bad ones, because this movie sucks the chrome of...

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