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    Weekend Box Office: Battle: Los Angeles Grabs Men; Red Riding Hood is Soft

    [Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]The action blockbuster trumped the tween fairy tale at the weekend box office, while Jane Eyre scored the best specialty opening of the year (see indieWIRE). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.A disaster film showed some fireworks at the weekend box office but not enough to make up for the damage many distributors have endured this year. Sony’s sci-fi invasion title Battle: Los Angeles easily secured $36 million at 3,417 theaters, showing that old tricks still work. Despite the gripes that this year has been plagued by bad movies and that the yo...

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    A Universe Of Images From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Revealed

    Update: Images removed at the request of Fox Searchlight.

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    SXSW Review: James Gunn's 'Super' With Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Is Twisted, But Uneven

    “Shut up, Crime!” bellows Rainn Wilson in “Super.” Such a random demand is highlighted by the outsized appearance of the speaker, clad in thick red fabrics, stocky and pear-shaped within a makeshift superhero costume. It serves as a power fantasy for him, a power fantasy for us. As seen through the...

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    SXSW Review: 'Attack The Block' An Intense, Entertaining Alien Invasion Pic Buoyed By Its Young Cast

    Claustrophobia breeds suspense in science fiction, whether it be on a dank space ship like in “Alien” or a distant desert outpost like Richard Stanley‘s “Hardware.” In “Attack The Block,” which shares some DNA with the two films, we experience what might be a global invasion of serious concern, but ...

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    Edgar Wright Offered The Chance To Direct An Episode Of 'The Walking Dead' For Season 2

    It seems that Edgar Wright has been on a never-ending press run for the past little while. With the run of interviews for "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" now ending -- it only recently opened in Japan -- the helmer is currently in Austin helping to get the word out about Joe Cornish's alien invasion flick "Attack The Block" which he executive produced and played to a gangbusters reception at SXSW last night (look for our review later today). While Wright is yet to decide on his followup to 'Pilgrim', in an interview with Collider, Wright revealed he's been given the chance to take another crack at zombies in one of the most acclaimed new televi...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Battle: Los Angeles' Invades Theaters And Takes $36 Million

    Get those royalties to Johan Johannsson. It was the ad campaign for “Battle: Los Angeles” that helped this starless experiment hit number one. Showcasing disaster movie footage with that doc-film veirsimilitude to Johannsson’s over worldly drone certainly had an affect on moviegoers, as the film took the top spot at the box office with a solid $36 million. The film should be a sure thing for $100+, and if it has legs, even more. Sony reports the budget figure is $70 million, which smells like bullshit, but if it’s true, this weekend is good news all around. Unless you like good movies and hate bad ones, because this movie sucks the chrome of...

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    Madonna's Daughter Lourdes To Play Younger Version Of Abbie Cornish In 'W.E.'

    Film Eyeing Premiere At The Venice Film Festival This FallDuring its production, rumor had it that Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, had been cast in her mother's picture in an unknown role. While it was reportedly debunked at the time, the casting turned out to be true with star Abbie Cornish revealing ...

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    J.K. Simmons To Provide Narration For Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult'

    Worried by the distinct lack of J.K. Simmons in the casting for Jason Reitman's upcoming Diablo Cody-scribed feature "Young Adult"? Well, fear not, as it looks like a reunion is back on the cards with Simmons set to provide his vocal talents for narration in the film.

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    SXSW Day One: Early Buzz, Opener Source Code Plays Well

    People keep telling me to see Ti West's horror flick The Innkeepers. So I'll check it out Saturday night. That's what film festivals do. They start buzz on a movie that few have seen or know anything about, and suddenly a career is born--or not.

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    SXSW: Duncan Jones Calls 'Mute' His 'Don Quixote' & Talks About His Next Cityscape Sci-Fi Project

    Calls His Next Film "Big Sprawling Fun"SXSW is underway which means we'll be spending the next week or so in Austin catching movies, talking with talent and trying to find space for beer and BBQ somewhere in the there. The festival kicked off last night with Duncan Jones' highly anticipated follow-up to "Moon," the time looping thriller "Source Code." It was received quite well from audiences who hit the screening last night and today and the director and cast ran the press gauntlet answering questions about the film. Naturally, with news arriving just before the festival that the director's long-gestating dream project "Mute" was headed the ...

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