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    sxsw | shadow shadow shade

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    #SXSW: Rodriguez, Brody, Antal Talk Predators, Spy Kids 4

    It was a smart move for Fox to hand over the reins to FX whiz Robert Rodriguez on a Predator sequel. He promised to deliver them a $45-million movie--modest, for an action sequel--which he wrote and produced at his Austin Troublemaker Studios (with location shoots in Hawaii) with Nimrod Antal (Kontr...

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    Filmmaker Interview: Anderson and Steinman on Being "Stolen"

    "Stolen" director Anders Anderson along with producer and cinematographer Andy Steinman gave indieWIRE their insights to making their mystery/thriller. The two met on the set of an unrelated project and found they shared similar ideas. Together, they formed a company and set out to pursue their film...

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    MPAA Launches New Film Ratings Site

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has launched a rejiggered film ratings website for its Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA). Outgoing MPAA chairman Dan Glickman wants the site to provide parents with more "clear and concise information about the content of a film in order to help them determine whether a movie is suitable for their children,” he said.  The new site boasts FAQs, ratings definitions and an expanded printable and searchable database of films rated as far back as 1968, when then MPAA-chairman Jack Valenti devised the ratings system to stave off local censorship of movies. Parents can also sign up for ...

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    Eugene Hernandez: 5 Hot Topics at #SXSW

    It might be a stretch to say that South by Southwest is having growing pains, but such a statement is actually not that far from the truth. When all is said and done, 2010 will be remembered as a watershed for SXSW. In short, it's the year that the film and interactive events dwarfed the an...

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    #SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

    You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look right...

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    Conan O'Brien and Fox Talk Real Deal

    NBC paid $50 million to refurbish the old Jack Benny stage on the Universal lot, and is willing to lease it back to O'Brien for his new late night show, which could go to Fox, reports the LAT, one of several cable channels (not Comedy Central) or into syndication.

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    SXSWdaily | "Tiny Furniture," "Marwencol," and More Winners on the Web

    The SXSW jury seemed to be following the buzz on the street as they named two of the fest's biggest conversation pieces as jury prize winners. Leading an impressive lineup of provocative films, Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" took home the award for best narrative feature and Jeff Malmberg's "Marwen...

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    A Gold Mine For Film Research

    Like anyone who’s spent much of his life in libraries and archives, hearing a young person claim that you can find “everything you need” to do research online is upsetting, to put it mildly. One can easily find simple information, and misinformation, but if you’ve devoted hours and days digging through vintage film publications or studio production files you know that acres of primary research materials don’t exist on the Internet. Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to great collections like the ones held by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library in B...

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    #SXSW: True Crime Meets Cold Weather

    Well, I checked out writer-director Aaron Katz's third film Cold Weather to see what the fuss was all about.

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