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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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    SXSW Review: 'Insidious' Is A Haunted House Movie That Leaves Us Cold

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Film Comment Selects series.

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    Watch: Smoky & Husky Voiced Teaser For 'Conan The Barbarian'

    If you don't know the name Jason Momoa, you probably soon will. THR reports that movie theater industry folk are set to give the actor (a somewhat premature) CinemaCon Rising Star Award on March 31. Clearly, they think this guy has got the goods and they'll be hoping his mane of hair and big muscles...

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    Mark Ruffalo To Play Jazz Pianist Joe Albany In 'Low Down'

    A lot of people did a double take when longtime indie stalwart Mark Ruffalo signed on to play The Hulk in "The Avengers" last year. Had the thespian turned his back on his indie roots? Was this a new, more mainstream geared Ruffalo that was emerging? Nah, didn't think so. Once Ruffalo is done going ...

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    "all great directors must sacrifice some aspect of filmmaking to achieve something brilliant"

    Today's guest post is from LA's CineFamily's very own Hadrian Belove. Hadrian & CineFamily made my list of Brave Thinkers 2010 for their brilliant programming. If you live in LA and you are not a member of CineFamily, I don't believe you love cinema. Or maybe you have yet to prove it. Well here'...

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    'Super 8' Teaser Poster Arrives, Continues The Film's Excellent Marketing

    Try Not Craning Your NeckYesterday we got a longer look at J.J. Abrams secretive "Super 8" with the first full trailer for the film that revealed a bit more of the story. And now, the film's teaser poster has arrived and you can check it out below.

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    Michelle Rodriguez Will Co-Star In Horror Pic 'The Home'; Aaron Eckhart Says Harvey Dent Is Dead

    How Aaron Eckhart Going Method Irked His Co-Stars & More Learned From The Cast Of 'Battle: Los Angeles' This weekend sees the release of mega blockbuster “Battle: Los Angeles.” We sat down with the cast, including Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Ne-Yo to discuss exactly what it’s like to shoot...

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    Jennifer Lawrence Once Again Named Frontrunner For 'The Hunger Games'

    Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin & Emily Browning Among The Final ContendersIn what is shaping up to be the hottest role for a young actress in Hollywood since David Fincher's search for Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," the hunt for Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" conti...

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    Hunger Games Franchise Wants Lawrence for Lead

    Jennifer Lawrence has been weighing her options since she garnered an Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone. (TOH's flip cam interview is here.) Producers Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and director Gary Ross, the filmmakers behind Lionsgate's promising book-to-film franchise, The Hunger Games (March 2012), ...

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