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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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    #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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    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 '10 Winners: "Tiny Furniture" & "Marwencol" Tops

    As the film conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival came to a climaxed today in Austin, TX, organizers announced the winners of 2010 festival tonight. Organizers unveiled the full list of winners tonight, even as the award ceremony continued in an Austin theater.

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    Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire

    Many top directors are turning to HBO. Given the level of interest in quality dramas for adults at the studios, who wouldn't? HBO's the last place willing to spend big bucks for that kind of cinema.

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    Sorry SXSW

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    "MacGruber" Hits SXSW With Raunchy Press Conference

    "This moderating is exceeding my wildest expectations," "Saturday Night Live" feature film spin-off "MacGruber" writer-director Jorma Taccone said in the middle of a panel at the SXSW Film Festival today. The comment came after moderator (and Lonely Island performer) Akiva Schaffer said to "MacGrube...

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    REVIEW | Fierce Iconoclasm: Cameron Yates's "The Canal Street Madam"

    Jeanette Maier, the firecracker featured in Cameron Yates's "The Canal Street Madam," is a natural screen presence: The once-powerful overseer of a popular New Orleans brothel, she exudes old fashioned charm while maintaining a seductive aura and a filthy mouth. But she's also defined by the courage...

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