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    Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation

    Defying every convention of the animated genre, Gore Verbinski's PG-rated $135-million Rango opened well, at $38 million. Why? As Verbinski (who jumped ship on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after three installments) has been saying to anyone who will listen, audiences want originality....

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    Hot Docs Picks 27 Projects for Annual Forum

    Hot Docs has released the names of the 27 projects slated to take part in this year's Hot Docs Forum. This year's crop were selected from 193 submissions and represent 14 different countries.

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney Picks Up 'The Runner' As Potential Multi-Platform Franchise For Marc Forster

    Looks like Disney is going to pull a Universal. As their colleagues across town gear up a three film adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" that will also include a television series to fill in the gaps, the mouse house is looking to do the same.

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    Juliette Lewis Joins 'Hick' With Chloe Moretz & Blake Lively; Signs On For Thriller 'Single Shot'

    Juliette Lewis was only seen in a couple of poorly received films last year -- "The Switch" and "Conviction" -- but here's the thing: she was the best part about either film. As the hippy dippy friend in the former and the key white trash witness in the latter, Lewis was alive and engaging in a way ...

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    "Bigger and Badder" ActionFest 2 Set For April

    The organizers behind ActionFest has officially announced a second round of action cinema and unsung heroes with Actionfest 2, which creator Bill Banowsky (Carolina Cinemas founder and Magnolia Pictures co-founder), famed action director/producer Aaron Norris (Missing in Action III, "Walker, Texas R...

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    Neil Burger Doesn't Know What's Next, But Says His 'The Criminals' Script Is Gaining Buzz

    'Limitless' Director Says He Has Several Projects To Choose From & The Bradley Cooper/De Niro Sci-Fi Film Is Opening DoorsExclusive: Eclectic filmmaker Neil Burger has gone from pseudo-documentary ("Interview With The Assassin"), to period-drama ("The Illusionist" with Ed Norton), to smaller indie, ...

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    DreamWorks Animation Lineup Through 2014 A Mix Of Sequels & Original Content

    Earlier today, DreamWorks Animation announced its lineup through 2014, with six original films and three sequels to the "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon" franchises. Original films are titled "Rise of the Guardians," "The Croods," "Turbo," "Me and My Shadow," "Mr. Peabody ...

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    Mountains of Madness: Universal Branded with Blame and Film Fans Faulted with Failure

    I'm not too familiar with what "At the Mountains of Madness" is or was going to be. So I don't really care that it's now a dead project. As far as I'm concerned, regardless of its cast, director, producer, source material or any hope and hype from the blogosphere, the adaptation up until now has had, like any other film in the making, a 50-50 chance of being either good or bad. There's a reason Spout doesn't follow the usual pitch-to-product track of films. And it's not just that one or two film lovers can't handle the load. Or that sites like The Playlist are perfect enough at that part of movie blogging. It's that it pretty much kills a par...

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    Preparing for NY & LA Expansion, Alamo Drafthouse Partners with Fandango

    In anticipation of their expansion to New York and Los Angeles, The Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based movie theater-eatery chain has announced that they will be offering online and mobile ticketing through Fandango. The theater chain has been rated the #1 theater in America by Entertainment Weekly...

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    The Six Month Shoot For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Has Started In Toronto

    With the the casting for the lead roles sorted out earlier in the week and with a release date just over a year from now, THR reports that Ridley Scott has actually already started shooting "Prometheus" at Pinewood Studios Toronto -- where it will lens for three weeks -- and eagle eyed celeb watcher...

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