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    'Primer' Director Shane Carruth Doing Effects Work On Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Looper'

    We're feeling optimistic about 2011, for a number of reasons. One of the principle reasons is that filming is now underway in Louisiana on "Looper," the long-awaited third film from Rian Johnson. Johnson made one of the great debut films of the Noughties with "Brick," and his follow-up, "The Brother...

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    Simon Beaufoy Talks Alternate Ending To '127 Hours' That Was Cut (Poor Lizzy Caplan)

    When we first saw Danny Boyle’s survival tale “127 Hours” at TIFF, we called it “Lean, efficient, despairing, thrilling and ultimately life affirming” as well as one of the best films of the year. By now you know the film is the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco) who was stuck in a Utah canyon for days after his arm became trapped under a boulder. Little did we know at the time that the film’s leanness was partially the result of a major trim to the third act of the film. The film’s writer Simon Beaufoy recently spoke with the NYTimes about this last minute alteration. “We had a much more resolved ending, so they [the audience] had ...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Milks Globes Attention, Bier Heads to Sundance

    Because the wily operators at Sony Pictures Classics, co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, have thrown countless movies into the awards season market over the decades, they have mapped out what works best for lower-profile films. They are well-positioned now, for example, to take full advan...

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    Letting Go

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    Pic From G-Star Ad Campaign Shot By Anton Corbijn Featuring Gemma Arterton

    While "The American" did some decent business, hauling in nearly $70 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million, the anti-thriller failed to gain traction with critics. And it deserved better. Methodically paced, meditative and haunting, it's a film whose emotions play out in the roiling interior of the central assassin, with his feelings and motivations revealed in small moments thanks to a stoic and nuanced performance by George Clooney. While we think the critical community needs to give the film a reassessment, at least the financial success of the picture means that it could make things easier for Anton Corbijn to get his next picture ...

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    SnagFilms Raises $10 Million from Comcast, NEA

    SnagFilms, founded two years ago by filmanthropist Ted Leonsis, has raised $10 million from New Enterprise Associates and Comcast Interactive Capital. SnagFilms has a library of more than 2000 documentaries that it releases on the internet; it shares revenues from short ads with filmmakers.

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    Duncan Jones Says Sci-Fi Project 'Mute' Is "In Limbo," 'Blade Runner' Homage Next

    "Moon" Director Says Long-Gestating Sci-Fi Mystery Is Being Shelved For Now, Instead Will Come A "Future City" FilmLast we checked in with Duncan Jones, life was good. His sophomore effort “Source Code,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright had been announced as the opening night film of the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and the world seemed to be his oyster. The director, who landed loudly on the cinematic map with his haunting and modest sci-fi debut, "Moon," looked to have two projects brewing as a follow-up to "Source Code," which hits theaters later this year on April 15th. One was called a completely un...

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    Palm Springs Fest Honors "Whistleblower" & "Gods and Men" Capping 22nd Fest

    Canadian director Larysa Kondracki's "The Whistleblower" lead the audience winners at the 22nd Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend, winning the best narrative feature prize, while Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's "Louder Than a Bomb" took the best documentary feature prize in the a...

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    Lee Byung-hun aka Storm Shadow To Return For 'G.I. Joe 2'; Shooting Starts In June For 2012 Release

    Stephen Sommers be damned, "G.I. Joe 2" is going get made with him or without him. The director, who was the center of all kinds of drama the first time around, was recently revealed not to be returning to the Paramount toy franchise, but it certainly looks as if casting is getting underway.

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