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  • Eric Kohn
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    FP-Gate. League Responds, and a Red-Band Trailer Arrives.

    One of the more amusing evenings for me at SXSW this year arrived at the world premiere of "The FP," a bat-shit insane homage to crappy '80s movies with a modern twist, focused on warring gangs competing in a bastardized form of Dance Dance Revolution. Here's my review, and a snapshot from the afterparty.

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  • The Playlist
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    Judd Apatow To Produce Comedy About Celebrity Charity 'Do Gooders'

    Sort of like the comedic equivalent of Scott Rudin, getting Judd Apatow to produce your film is a stamp of approval most writers and filmmakers would kill for. This year, Apatow will find his named attached to a handful of highly anticipated comedies including "Bridesmaids," the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston vehicle "Wanderlust" as well as the soon-to-be-lensing collaboration between Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, "Five Year Engagement." But the ever busy writer/director/producer has added another project to his growing slate.

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  • Hope for Film
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    What's In A Title?

    I confess. I struggle with titles. They may well be the most important marketing & discovery elements of a film. But they are more too. The best titles are akin to lines of poetry that evoke other feelings and thoughts, while uniting them around the work in question.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jon Favreau & Michael Chabon Looking To Team On Script For 'Magic Kingdom'

    With the "Iron Man" franchise now firmly behind him, director Jon Favreau can focus on his next mega-tentpole, the Disney pic "Magic Kingdom." Yes, it's a movie based on the theme park attraction, and as was noted last year when he signed on, a writer was being sought to pen a new draft of the script, which was initially written by Ron Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"). Who would've thought it would be one of the most celebrated writers in recent years?

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  • The Playlist
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    KAFFNY Review Round-Up 2: 'Centre Forward,' 'Red Chapel,' 'Sai-I-Gu,' 'Wet Sand'

    Following our first round-up, here are a few more flicks showcased in New York's Korean American Film Festival which ends March 20th. Stay tuned for more coverage, including reviews of "Should've Kissed" by Cinefondation-residency alum Jinoh Park and "Make Yourself At Home" by student Academy Award-winning director Soopum Sohn. Also on the horizon is an interview with filmmakers Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and "Killer of Sheep" helmer Charles Burnett.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community

    SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community

    Warning: walking while reading one's smart phone can be hazardous to your health. Tuesday night on my way home from the SXSW Awards party on Austin's dark and crowded 6th Street, I tripped and split my lip on the sidewalk, gushing blood. My BlackBerry was unharmed. I hailed a pedicab to the local ER, where I needed no stitches, but looked like someone had punched me in the face.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Building Our Home: Is It Possible To Make A Living As A FIlmmaker?

    You know what? As important as this question is, and as dedicated as I am to making sure we all learn the practical things that will allow us to both earn a living & build a new system that allows for artists to sustain a career in the arts, I also think that if we try too hard to answer that question, we will never commit ourselves to the art, craft, and pursuit.

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  • Caryn James
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    Movie Review: Bradley Cooper Cleans Up Well in Limitless

    Looking at Bradley Cooper for a couple of hours is never a bad thing, so there’s that. Otherwise, Limitless starts off as an ambitious, gripping, quasi-sci-fi thriller and turns into an over-the-top mess.

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  • The Playlist
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    Juno Temple Headed To Gotham City For 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirmed

    The cast for "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to grow. Variety today confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is signed on for the superhero sequel, reuniting him with "Inception" director Christopher Nolan. Joining Gordon-Levitt in today's announcements is Juno Temple, the indie star of "Kaboom" and the upcoming "Cracks," who is said to be circling a role in the megablockbuster.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Taxi Driver, New York

    Starting this Friday, New York City’s Film Forum will screen a newly restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Simon Abrams reports on the restoration and takes a look at Martin Scorsese's New York, then and now. Martin Scorsese’s seminal film was restored by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to film preservation that Scorsese is actively involved in. Now 35 years old, Taxi Driver looks more and more like an expressive time capsule of pre-Giuiliani Manhattan. The most salient sign of the changing times is the fact that the Lyric Theater, the porn house where Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes his date to see Swedish skin flick The Swedish Marriage Manual, is now the Foxwoods Theater, the Broadway auditorium where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is playing. Like the Lyric Theater, many of the film's more unsavory locations are gone, replaced by more upscale, tourist-friendly attractions.

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