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    Exclusive: First Look At Wayne Wang's 'Snow Flower And The Secret Fan'

    Director Wayne Wang has never been a director that could be easily pigeonholed. He broke through with a trifecta of critical and arthouse faves with “The Joy Luck Club,” “Smoke” and “Blue In the Face,” but he’s also tackled more mainstream fare (”Maid In Manhattan,” “Last Holiday”) while still taking chances on ambitious independent pics (”The Center of the World”). So it's no surprise that his next effort, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," is another gear change for the director, a detailed period piece based on the novel by Lisa See that explores the relationship between two girls in 19th-century China who are matched by laotong -- a bonded...

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    Genre Development: Sci-Fi Runner Lures Forster; Firth, Kidman & Wasikowska's Stoker; After Dogtooth

    - The Runner is a futuristic sci-fi story about how the earth's surface is made uninhabitable by an attack and a group of survivors in the Rocky Mountains discover a way to send a man back in time to stop the devastation. But the man they send is secretly motivated by saving the love of his life. Disney is now developing The Runner as a vehicle for director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace); Imagine's Brian Grazer is producing alongside Brad Simpson, Forster's Apparatus Entertainment partner. Dave Andron, who originated the concept with Blacklight Transmedia, will write the script. Imagine and Disney are aiming for a transme...

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    Doesn't This Make You Want To Go Out And Make Some Movies?

    Okay, if it doesn't make you want to make them, it should make you want to see some.

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    Guillermo Del Toro Confirmed To Direct 'Pacific Rim,' Will Hit Theaters In 2013

    It didn't take long for someone to snatch up Guillermo del Toro after Universal left "At the Mountains of Madness" blowing in the wind.

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    Homes Of The Stars—Then And Now

    Photo courtesy of Darrell Rooney.

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    Guillermo Del Toro Says $150 Million 'Mountains' Budget Was Approved By Universal

    Filmmaker Still Seems Unclear Why Universal Walked Away From Project, "I Am As Puzzled As Most People Are" & More Learned From Extensive InterviewJust days after Universal canned Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating dream project "At the Mountains of Madness," the director is now opening up about wha...

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    Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

    Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via it...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Fightville" Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein

    Mixed Martial Arts has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. H...

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    Sylvester Stallone Won't Be Writing Or Directing 'The Expendables 2'

    Call it mad genius or a stroke of luck, but Sylvester Stallone seemed to have found a cinematic scratch that wasn't being itched when he got together a bunch of aging action stars, put them in a movie he co-wrote and directed, and smiled to himself as "The Expendables" went on and snatched up $275 m...

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    The SXSW 11 For '11: iW's Picks For the Upcoming Festival

    With better weather than Sundance and friendlier guidelines than Cannes, the South by Southwest Film Festival is the rare circuit powerhouse that is also an unadulterated good time. In between BBQ binges and great music, SXSW attendees can see 140 features (including 66 world premieres, many of...

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