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    Do You Believe in Magic?: 2011's Mix of Fairy Tale Adaptations

    Over the course of the past month I’ve had the (arguable) pleasure of seeing three new films adapted from fairy tales. First was the new teen drama “Beastly,” which I reviewed here; it’s flawed at best, with few redeeming moments. I liked more of “Red Riding Hood,” and reviewing it got me thinking about what one needs to successfully adapt one of these classic stories to the screen in the 21st century, with or without an “update” in setting. I also caught Catherine Breillat’s new film “The Sleeping Beauty,” which is a resounding success. With these movies in mind, I’d like to jump one step further from Chris’s post on the trouble with adaptin...

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    BRENDA STARR, REPORTER—RESCUED!

    DVD REVIEW

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    Villains In 'Red Dawn' Remake To Be Changed To North Koreans Instead Of Chinese So MGM Can Sell It

    North Koreans are the new Chinese, who were the new Russians it would seem. "Red Dawn," a remake of the 1980s film about a bunch of kids who keep those pesky Soviets from taking over America was remade by Dan Bradley (a stunt coordinator making his directorial debut) with the Chinese now serving as the updated baddies. But according to the LA Times, it appears that the film is undergoing a post-production makeover that will now digitally swap out Chinese flags and whatnot and substitute with North Korean ephemera. Additionally, dialogue in the film will be altered to match the story changes as well, which will not totally erase the Chinese bu...

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    Interview with Sherry Hormann, Director of Desert Flower

    Desert Flower opens this Friday in NY and LA. It stars Liya Kebede as Waris Dirie, a woman who escaped from Somalia and became a top fashion model and UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation. Director Sherry Hormann answered some questions about the film.

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    "Natural Selection" & "Dragonslayer" Win Top SXSW Film Fest Honors

    Robbie Pickering's "Natural Selection" won the Narrative Feature Competition, while Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer" took the Documentary Feature Competition prize tonight at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival Awards in Austin, Texas. "Natural Selection" also picked up other prizes tonight, including Bre...

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    Sam Worthington To Star In Aussie Surfing Action Pic 'Drift'

    While Sam Worthington does get some flack around these parts for not being much of a presence in the big, expensive blockbusters that orbit around him, we'll give him credit for following up his "Avatar" success with some smaller, more interesting choices. The relationship drama "Last Night," the th...

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    SUBTITLES in DIGITAL AMERICA, Pt 2 of 2

    Yesterday, Orly Ravid, co-founder of The Film Collaborative, started another one of her incredibly thorough posts examine the current state of distribution. Her recent focus is on foreign language film distribution in the US, but the outlets she points to are applicable to all of us.

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    2011 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections

    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival announced its lineup of 60 short films today, 22 of which are world premieres. Drawn from 2,862 submissions, the program represents 20 countries, and will be presented in eight thematic programs. New this year is that the recipient of the TFF Best Narrative Short awar...

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    Drew Barrymore Gets New Directing Gig

    I am so glad to read that Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct a new film. BUT I am none too pleased that this could be a redo of He's Just Not That Into You (which was dreadful). Barrymore and her company Flower Film produced He's Just Not That Into You and reports are that she will be reteamin...

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    Kristen Wiig Nervous, But Excited For Her Breakout Turn In 'Bridesmaids'

    SNL Comedienne Also Talks What Drew Her To 'Paul' And The Lack Of Difference Between American & British Comedy Actors

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