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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Fly Away" Director Janet Grillo

    Jeanne, a single mother of Mandy, a teenager with severe Autism, is at a crossroads. What used to organize her child no longer does. They've become isolated and entrapped. Yet moments of loving connection with her oddly endearing child, fill Jeanne's heart. But when Jeanne meets Tom, a charming neig...

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Bad Fever" Director Dustin Guy Defa

    Eddie bumbles his way through an agonizing courtship with Irene, a manipulating drifter who videotapes their fleeting moments together. "Bad Fever" is a witness to one man's broken American Dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand. [Synops...

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    Oscar Box Office Bump for King's Speech and Black Swan

    While Oscar wins can have a big impact on subsequent box office, some years they just don't. This year has seen a big boost in ticket sales from Oscar nominations on quite a few awards contenders. Anthony D'Alessandro looks at the numbers; see Oscar Bump Chart (below).Oscars have been handed out, bu...

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    REVIEW | "I Saw the Devil" is Bloody Good Revenge

    "Severely Damaged Souls" -- the title of a retrospective on the work of Korean director Kim Ji-woon currently running at the Brooklyn Academy of Music easily describes the two deranged characters at the heart of his latest feature, "I Saw the Devil." The BAM program derives its name from the language used by Korean censors when trying to justify their decision to remove about 90 gruesome seconds from this tense serial killer story. Alleging that a mere seven shots "severely damage the dignity of human values," the censors' efforts are not only misguided but hilariously ineffectual. Lifting that bit of material from this nearly two-and-a-half ...

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    Now Sucking In Three Dimensions: 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' 3D Hits Theaters Feb. 10, 2012

    Jar-Jar Binks In 3D! Finally!As every years passes, George Lucas continues to find ways to milk money out of gullible and should-know-better-but-they-don't 'Star Wars' fans who continue to throw dollars at the franchise presumably in attempt that hopefully, somewhere down the line, Lucas will actual...

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    Exclusive: 'Ceremony' Director Max Winkler Says His Next Film Is A '70s/'Scarecrow' Influenced Pic

    Young Director Says His Jason Reitman-Produced 'The Ornate Anatomy Of Living Things' Still Needs A Script Polish And Will Have To Wait"Ceremony," the feature debut by Max Winkler hits VOD tomorrow, and for those that track it down, they'll be rewarded with a film that shows off a young filmmaker who has firmly made a mark that he's a director on-the-rise. The film stars Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman and tells the story of Sam (Angarano), a young brazen adult who stalks his penpal and ex-girlfriend Zoe (Thurman) all the way to her wedding in the Hamptons to try and win her back. It's a delicate balance between a broad comedy and a quieter c...

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    Casting Watch: Hunger Games Eyes Oscar Nominees Lawrence, Steinfeld, Breslin; Diane Lane is Supermom

    The Hunger Games is eyeing Jennifer Lawrence (interview), Hailee Steinfeld (interview) and Abigail Breslin for the series' leading lady, 16-year old Katniss Everdeen.

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    Julie Taymor Talks About The Struggle With Spiderman

    Julie Taymor has been in NY working non-stop on trying to get the Spiderman Musical to a place where it can finally open. The knives have been out for some time for many reasons. One, this is the biggest show ever. Two, it just keeps previewing and charging people full price even though it is a w...

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    Three Vie for Next Female Franchise

    Variety reported yesterday that three Oscar nominated young actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Lawrence are all in the race to play the lead in The Hunger Games based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Rubber' Is A Head Exploding Good Time

    "Rubber" is about a killer tire. Yes, a tire. And that's all you need to know really and if the gonzo concept isn't enough to get you interested, than this hilariously outrageous red band trailer for the film should do the trick.

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