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    Jon Favreau Talks 'Cowboys & Aliens,' Says Aliens Are The Only "Pure Evil" Left In Our PC World

    "Cowboys & Aliens" is one of the more intriguing tentpoles to be arriving this summer. In a season filled with sequels and comic book movies, this film lands based on a property that most of Joe Public hasn't read or heard of and it mashes up two genres -- sci-fi and westerns -- that traditionally have been a hard sell at the box office (see "Wild Wild West"). However, in the run up to its release later this summer, you can bet Universal will be pushing the film hard, hoping to sell audiences on its (relatively) unique concept. At the very least, the film won't be lacking in star power as Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and Olivia Wilde head up the cast. And with "Iron Man" helmer Jon Favreau at the fore, expectations are high for it to deliver some substantial popcorn entertainment.

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    LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

    LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is partnering with L.A.'s Film Independent on a new film series, sponsored by the New York Times, starting in September. And they are starting the search for a new film curator to run that screening program. Together. "We're helping to hire that person," says Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson. "Why wouldn't we know that community? We're offering our connection to the film community and programmers and our ability to assemble a team to oversee the program at LACMA. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Under new museum director Michael Govan, LACMA's film program has been under duress and was saved from suspension in October 2008 by an outcry from the film community, including director Martin Scorsese, who wrote to Govan:“I find it profoundly disheartening to know that a vital outlet for the exhibition of what was once known as ‘repertory cinema’ has been cut off in L.A. of all places, the center of film production and the land of the movie-making itself."

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    Must Watch Video: When Harry Met Sally 2

    Funniest thing I've seen all week. I hope they do things this good when Mirren hosts Saturday Night Live this week.

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    Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

    "I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.

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    'Attack The Block' Picked Up By Screen Gems For U.S. Distribution

    So much for scaring off potential distributors. SXSW hit and potential genre classic "Attack the Block" has found a home, and it's a fairly nice one. Screen Gems, Sony's smaller genre division, has stepped up to the plate to distribute director Joe Cornish's thrilling debut film, an alien invasion thriller where nasty little creatures from outer space land in the slums of England.

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    Green Lantern's Extended WonderCon Trailer, Starring Aliens and Ryan Reynolds' Eyes

    See the full Green Lantern WonderCon extended trailer on IMDb. Below is Mahalo's commentary:

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    Trailer Watch: Is Crazy, Stupid, Love Gosling's Crazy, Stupid Sellout?

    We hope Ryan Gosling isn't selling out. But judging from this trailer, it looks like he has abandoned his usual dark indie depths for pretty-boy womanizing. The pairing of Gosling and Steve Carell and co-stars Julianne Moore and Emma Stone may in fact be the best-looking rom-com since...a really long time ago. The film, from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris, Bad Santa), comes out July 29.

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    FilmBuff To Release The Wild Hunt & Zonad on VOD Before DVD

    FilmBuff is releasing two films on VOD platforms before their DVD release. Both Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller The Wild Hunt (which premiered at Toronto in 2009) will be available April 19 on Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu (and more), whereas the DVD will be released June 7. John Carney & Kiernan Carney’s sci-fi comedy (and Tribeca hit in 2010) Zonad will be available June 21 via the same platforms, and on DVD July 19.

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    Joseph Kosinski On Why Disney Passed On 'Oblivion,' Weighs In On Possible 'Tron' Sequel

    So Joseph Kosinski -- what's the guy's current relationship status with Disney? Likely, "it's complicated," but a lot less complicated than you would think. His first film "Tron: Legacy," at the cusp of $400 million worldwide, has become the highest-grossing debut film for any director in history (narrowly beating out Abbas Kiarostami and Manoel del Oliveira for the title). But his next project, "Horizons," was turned down by the Mouse House, leaving the ambitious sci-fi project without a home. While Kosinski is free to shop "Horizons" around town, no official reason was given for why Disney said no.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"

    EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"

    Writer-director James Westby's Rid of Me is a black comedy featuring Katie O'Grady as a young married woman on a journey through embarrassment, emotional breakthroughs and rediscovery. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. The synopsis and poster are also below:

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