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    Christopher McQuarrie May Adapt Anime Series 'Star Blazers' To Big Screen Feature

    If the last few weeks are notable for anything in the film world, it's the emergence of two billionaire twentysomethings who look to be giving a much needed adrenaline shot to film financing. David Ellison, 28, and Megan Ellison, 25, are the children of Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, and the sixth-richest person in the world, and have seemingly been connected to every other announced project in 2011 so far. Their first major foray into film production was hugely successful; pairing up to back the modestly-budgeted Coen Brothers western "True Grit," they've seen their investment richly rewarded, with the film taking close to $200 millio...

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    Berlinale '11 | The Iran Question; Generations a Gem & "Jess + Moss"

    At a Berlinale notable for its predictability, one incident above all sticks in the memory: before the opening credits rolled on the Turkish competition entry "Our Grand Despair," a screen emblazoned with the words FREE JAFAR PANAHI AND MOHAMMAD RASOULOF appeared, and in my seat I braced myself, ant...

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    The casting director Oscar problem

    The casting director Oscar problem

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    Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio Interview

    Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.

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    THE SHORTEST LONG WESTERN: RIO BRAVO

    Supposedly, when Quentin Tarantino was dating he used to run his own 35mm print

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    Watch: Miss Dior Cherie Ad Starring Natalie Portman, Directed By Sofia Coppola

    Following her very successful work for Miss Dior Chérie a couple of years ago, that spawned an ad that became a YouTube sensation, it was reported late last year that Sofia Coppola was hired back for a new campaign for the fragrance, this time starring Natalie Portman.

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    Video: Terry Gilliam Update, The Wholly Family Short Debuts, 1884 Promo

    While The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues to be stalled, irrepressible filmmaker Terry Gilliam will debut his new short The Wholly Family, reports Bleeding Cool (photos via Italian magazine Ciak), at the Bradford International Film Festival (March 16 to 27). The fest will present a retrospective of Gilliam's films (Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1984), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) along with its Fellowship Award. The short (still in post-production) is one of a series set in Naples funded by Italian ...

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    Kevin Costner Joining Zack Snyder's 'Superman'?

    Alright, Zack Snyder, you're throwing us for a goddamn loop with this one. Updated: Latino Review says if Costner gets this role, and it sounds like he might, that he'll play Pa Kent, Superman's earth-dad, Jonathan "Pa" Kent.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | John Cassavetes Award Nominee Matthew Bonifacio

    Premiering way back at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Matthew Bonifacio's "Lbs." was finally released theatrically this year. Following a 315-pound man who decides to kick his food addiction by moving to the country, the film is finding a happy ending to its rather extraordinarily lengthy delay in...

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    SXSW '11 Trailer: 'Blacktino' With Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, More

    SXSW gets underway in just a few weeks with an especially stacked film lineup this year, from more high profile premieres (“Source Code,” “The Beaver,” “Paul”) to festival favorites from Sundance and TIFF (“Win Win,” “Beginners,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”). For more homegrown fare, the fest has its “Lone Star States” category for films made in or about Texas which is kicking off the festival with “blacktino” by first-time filmmaker Aaron Burns. The indie coming-of-age film may sound slightly familiar to some due to a viral stunt late last year for “Citizen Jane,” supposedly an action packed remake of Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kan...

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