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    Watch: Oprah's Dream Comes True As Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts Kiss In Trailer For 'Larry Crowne'

    You can practically hear the 35-49 segment in a studio marketing executive's pie-chart presentation exploding upon the release of the first trailer for the Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts rom-com "Larry Crowne."

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    DIY Days NYC: You Missed An Incredible Gathering Of Incredible People

    Why does it still feel amazing that a whole group of people come together to share knowledge, organize that gathering, and take the resulting inspiration out into the world -- and that they do it for free? That question is worthy of a future post, but for now we are here to celebrate DIY DAYS, the event that we must now ordain as a necessary institution. I was a keynote speaker last year. This year Christine Vachon and I discussed our past and hopes for the future. Earlier I ran a post on Chuck Wendig's presentation he did this year on "Where Storytelling & Gaming Collide" . Today we are happy to offer you Zeke Zelker's overview of the ...

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Friends With Benefits' Gives Up Emma Stone Cameo, Owned By Patricia Clarkson

    A new trailer has landed for "Easy A" director Will Gluck's follow-up to his fantastic comedy vehicle that made launched Emma Stone's career into the stratosphere, and it wastes no time in giving up/ruining the goods. Cameos by Emma Stone and Andy Samberg are out of the way in the first 10 seconds, ...

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    Do You Believe in Magic?: 2011's Mix of Fairy Tale Adaptations

    Over the course of the past month I’ve had the (arguable) pleasure of seeing three new films adapted from fairy tales. First was the new teen drama “Beastly,” which I reviewed here; it’s flawed at best, with few redeeming moments. I liked more of “Red Riding Hood,” and reviewing it got me thinking about what one needs to successfully adapt one of these classic stories to the screen in the 21st century, with or without an “update” in setting. I also caught Catherine Breillat’s new film “The Sleeping Beauty,” which is a resounding success. With these movies in mind, I’d like to jump one step further from Chris’s post on the trouble with adaptin...

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    BRENDA STARR, REPORTER—RESCUED!

    DVD REVIEW

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    Villains In 'Red Dawn' Remake To Be Changed To North Koreans Instead Of Chinese So MGM Can Sell It

    North Koreans are the new Chinese, who were the new Russians it would seem. "Red Dawn," a remake of the 1980s film about a bunch of kids who keep those pesky Soviets from taking over America was remade by Dan Bradley (a stunt coordinator making his directorial debut) with the Chinese now serving as the updated baddies. But according to the LA Times, it appears that the film is undergoing a post-production makeover that will now digitally swap out Chinese flags and whatnot and substitute with North Korean ephemera. Additionally, dialogue in the film will be altered to match the story changes as well, which will not totally erase the Chinese bu...

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    Interview with Sherry Hormann, Director of Desert Flower

    Desert Flower opens this Friday in NY and LA. It stars Liya Kebede as Waris Dirie, a woman who escaped from Somalia and became a top fashion model and UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation. Director Sherry Hormann answered some questions about the film.

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    "Natural Selection" & "Dragonslayer" Win Top SXSW Film Fest Honors

    Robbie Pickering's "Natural Selection" won the Narrative Feature Competition, while Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer" took the Documentary Feature Competition prize tonight at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival Awards in Austin, Texas. "Natural Selection" also picked up other prizes tonight, including Bre...

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    Sam Worthington To Star In Aussie Surfing Action Pic 'Drift'

    While Sam Worthington does get some flack around these parts for not being much of a presence in the big, expensive blockbusters that orbit around him, we'll give him credit for following up his "Avatar" success with some smaller, more interesting choices. The relationship drama "Last Night," the th...

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    SUBTITLES in DIGITAL AMERICA, Pt 2 of 2

    Yesterday, Orly Ravid, co-founder of The Film Collaborative, started another one of her incredibly thorough posts examine the current state of distribution. Her recent focus is on foreign language film distribution in the US, but the outlets she points to are applicable to all of us.

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