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    NDNF 2011

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    SXSW By The Numbers

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

    Cannes Fest Preview 2011: Opener Midnight in Paris, Jurors DeNiro and Gondry, and What Else?

    Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, which will open the 64th Cannes Film Fest May 11 with Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent presiding over the opening ceremony, stars Owen Wilson, who graces this new Van Gogh-inspired poster without any of his fellow cast members, who include a blonde Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, not to mention French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. For the first time when the film opens on 400 screens in France on the same night, the Cannes Fest will supply theaters with a live stream of the opening ceremony.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper Is A Star As 'Limitless' Opens At Number One

    When your R-rated comedy does over a quarter of a billion domestically, it’s probably time to cash-in. And yet, the three stars involved in “The Hangover” have taken very different career turns between “Hangover” films. Ed Helms has found himself handicapped by not only being a “type” more than a real actor, but also having to return to NBC as a supporting actor on “The Office,” while planned collaborations with Judd Apatow and Steve Carrell never panned out. Zack Galifianakis has done the most with his newfound clout, starring in one bonafide $100 million grosser (“Due Date”), doing supporting work in high profile performers (“Dinner For Schmucks,” “Up In The Air"), and remaining visible with a number of television and indie film appearances.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Cooper's Limitless Tops Weak Openers; Lincoln Lawyer and Paul Vie for Fourth

    The box office continues to be depressed, no matter what distributors throw at audiences. Adults and families are still turning up at the mutliplex, but where is that old reliable target demo, young males? Anthony D'Alessandro reports. No matter how many wide releases Hollywood booked in theaters this weekend, none could bail out Hollywood’s box office doldrums.  Relativity Media's Bradley Cooper drug thriller Limitless outperformed its $15 million estimate, tripping out with $19 million in number one – a bright spot for the production company whose self-distribution efforts have skidded since unspooling Warrior’s Way back in December.  The frame's other two wide entries battled in fourth place: Lionsgate’s Michael Connelly lit adaptation Lincoln Lawyer with $13.4 million and Universal/Working Title's sci-fi satire Paul with $13.2 million.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Is Gregg Araki Secretly Casting "Batman"?

    First "Mysterious Skin"'s Joseph Gordon-Levitt, now "Kaboom"'s Juno Temple. I for one am totally pumped for these casting decisions, and am all for Araki alums helping fill the casts of all superhero movies from now on (oddly enough, "Nowhere"'s Debi Mazar was in "Batman Forever".. but I'm thinking more like Anna Faris as Poison Ivy or something). The ultimate of course, would be to get Araki himself to direct a Batman-type movie... and giving it a sex and queer positive drug-fueled totally fucked up comedic spin... But sadly, JGL and Juno Temple just being in a Batman movie is as close as we'll ever get to that...

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  • The Playlist
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Play The Holiday Killer In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Update: So, was Variety wrong? Entertainment Weekly reports that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not play Alberto Falcone (a.k.a. the Holiday Killer). Which site do you believe? Probably time to let more casting speculation begin.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Eyeing Completion In The Last Quarter Of 2011

    Financing On Jan de Bont's 'Mulan' Starring Zhang Ziyi Falls ApartProduction on any Wong Kar-Wai film is never simple but his latest effort looks to be taking the cake with the Ip Man biopic "The Grandmasters" reportedly facing even more delays on its already extended production.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Have We Forgotten What We Really Need To Talk About?

    We spend so much time trying to find a way to make it this indie film thing work, to get good work seen and appreciated, to have a sustainable working model that might afford one to have a reasonable middle-class existence creating quality work (is that too much to ask?), we sometimes forget about why we are doing it.

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    Antoine Fuqua's Tupac Shakur Biopic Launches Online Casting Call For Lead Role

    Antoine Fuqua's upcoming biopic on Tupac Shakur has now evidently turned to an online opening casting call to help discover an unknown talent to portray the iconic rapper.

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