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    Rumor: Another Sibling Of Hans Gruber To Square Off Against John McClane In Next 'Die Hard'

    Despite Fox telling us last month that there was no script in place for a "Die Hard 5" and that any potential sequel would be "way off" that hasn't stopped gums from flapping about what we might see in the next installment of the franchise.

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    Watch: Trailer For Aaron Katz's Excellent Indie Noir 'Cold Weather'

    We're at an interesting tipping point in contemporary independent American cinema, one where directors are starting to take the aesthetics and low-key character drama of the mumblecore scene, and marrying them with genre film, and it's producing some of the more original, innovative low-budget works in recent years. From The Duplass Brother's slasher pic "Baghead" and Gareth Edwards' creature flick "Monsters" to Brit Marling's Sundance one-two-punch of "Another Earth" and "The Sound of My Voice," it's a good time for anyone with an interest in the way that genre can be played with onscreen, and one of the best examples to date is Aaron Katz's...

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    AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

    On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach...

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    On the Anglification of Superman: Reactions to the Casting of British Actor Henry Cavill

    Interesting that Warner Bros. announced the casting of its next Superman on the last day of Sundance. The studio revealed some big casting news for "The Dark Knight Rises" as many of us were in the air heading towards the festival. Yesterday this report came while some were returning home. Talk about counter-programming. But the contrast between Sundance and superheroes isn't what people were talking about today. It was the fact that yet another British actor has been chosen for a superhero role. Christian Bale is Batman, Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man and now Henry Cavill ("Stardust") is Superman in Zack Snyder's "Superman: The Man of Steel."...

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    We're So Over Jennifer Lawrence: 5 Actresses Who Broke Out At Sundance 2011

    Every year, the Sundance Film Festival serves not only as a showcase of the best of independent cinema from around the world, but as a strong indicator of some of the rising talent likely to make waves in future years. As much as the festival showcases young writers and directors, it's for its insta...

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    SAG Awards Go to The King's Speech and Firth, Black Swan's Portman, The Fighter's Bale and Leo

    The Screen Actors Guild's best ensemble award is the equivalent of the Oscar best picture. The King's Speech wins it, along with Colin Firth for best actor. The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Christian Bale win the supporting category. And best actress goes to Black Swan's Natalie Portman. It will probab...

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    Sam Mendes Producing TV Thriller 'Grand Hotel'; Oliver Hirschbiegel Directs 4 Episodes Of 'Borgia'

    Call it "Prison Break" set inside a swanky hotel, but we have to admit we're curious about this one thanks to the talent aboard. Variety reports that director Sam Mendes is set to produce "Grand Hotel" (not to worry, classic film buffs, it's not a remake of the John Barrymore/Greta Garbo pic) along ...

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    Austin Composer Graham Reynolds Reteaming With Richard Linklater For 'Bernie'

    Austin composer Graham Reynolds is set to reunite with Richard Linklater for the director's upcoming crime comedy "Bernie," which stars Jack Black in the title role, alongside Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey and Rip Torn.

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    Sundance Review | Fighting Gang Violence in Steve James's "The Interrupters"

    Steve James's "The Interrupters" runs long, but earns its heft. Nearly two decades after "Hoop Dreams," the director returns to Chicago's lower-class strife with a broader canvas. In this frequently alarming project, he trains his camera on the efforts of CeaseFire, an organization predominantly com...

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    The DGA Awards - Not a Single Female Winner

    Last year we celebrated the fact that Kathryn Bigelow broke the cycle for women directors in the feature category at the DGA Awards, and this year we knew that a woman wouldn't win, because none were nominated.

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