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    Simon Pegg Says 'Paul' Is 'Easy Rider' With Aliens Or 'The Daytrippers' With E.T.

    How The Film Doubles As Seth Rogen Biopic & More We Learned In Our Chat With The Cast & DirectorTwo nerds, after spending the time of their life at the geek haven that is Comic-Con, soon find themselves in the epic situation of having to get an alien to his homeship. And though it's a dream come true for the protagonists, it's also a certain death sentence with multiple villains on their tail. But thankfully in "Paul," nobody's yelling at any marines nor are there abrasive video game action scenes -- this is the "better" alien movie in theaters, chock full of laughs and coated with a genuine sweetness that you wouldn't expect from a movie centered on a foul-mouthed alien voiced by Seth Rogen.

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    Amazing Photos Of Polanski and Cast at "Carnage" Wrap Party

    Now this is a wrap party you want to be a fly on the wall at. Roman Polanski's "Carnage" - starring a ridiculously strong cast in Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster (in the most promising role she's had in well over a decade) - finished principal photography, and the cast joined Roman for some endlessly captionable photo opps (I love the way Jodie is oogling Kate in the first one while the rest of them look to Roman in a variety of curious ways).

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    SXSW: Duncan Jones & Screenwriter Ben Ripley Talk The Reality Bending 'Source Code'

    Duncan Jones' "Source Code" booted up at SXSW, kicking off festivities last week, and word has been good. In our review, we noted that "Jones remains a strong and original voice in a genre badly needing of both" and whatever you may think of his followup to "Moon," it is undeniably unlike any other sci-fi pic out there right now. This is thanks largely in part to the brainy, narrative-looping script by Ben Ripley. The writer, who previously penned a couple of forgettable "Species" sequels, makes his jump to the big leagues in a major way with a script that conceives a high concept sci-fi premise without ever losing the audience in geek speak.

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    Oscar Nominee John Hawkes To Star In 'Surrogate'

    While he didn't end up taking home the trophy, an Oscar nomination for John Hawkes was vindication enough for the longtime character actor, who's been putting in exceedingly good work in numerous films over the years. And while the shine of Oscar may add a few more dollars to his paycheck, the actor doesn't seem to be in any hurry to leave his indie roots for glossier fare.

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    Review: 'Cracks' An Elegant, Dramatic Debut By Jordan Scott

    As the niece of Tony Scott and daughter of Ridley Scott, there's no doubt that director Jordan Scott has filmmaking in her blood, but for her feature debut, the helmer has taken on a subject matter far removed from the usual tentpole ready, popcorn spectacle of her father and uncle. "Cracks," which debuted at TIFF way back in 2009 and is finally getting a release thanks to IFC Films, is a film that seems curiously not to be getting the attention it deserves and we're not sure why. Assured and elegant, "Cracks" is a complex character study about the illusions we build that keep us from slipping out of sanity.

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  • Hope for Film
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    SUBTITLES in DIGITAL AMERICA, Pt 1 of 2

    With today's guest post, Orly Ravid of The Film Collaborative looks at digital distribution opportunities for foreign film here in the USA.

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    J.K. Simmons Joins Mark Wahlberg In 'Contraband'

    With filming already underway, Mark Wahlberg's "Contraband" has added one more to the dirty dealing picture.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tribeca Film Festival - Lineup Part 2

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineups for the Spotlight, CinemaMania Section and Special screenings yesterday. The CinemaMania section has eight films and none are directed by women. Neither of the special screenings are directed by women and only one of the five in the sports film festival is directed by a woman. That film is: Marathon Boy, directed by Gemma Atwal.

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    Sister Wives and Brother Husbands

    The strong responses from readers about the season premiere of Sister Wives shows how starkly the issue of polygamy divides people, from some who envy the Browns’ communal family to more skeptical readers who point out how much we don’t see on the reality show. (If you missed it, here’s my review and the comments; thanks to everyone for responding and feel free to add more.)

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    Spend St. Patrick's Day at This is Ireland in Los Angeles

    One of the areas where women are lacking in visibility is in the area of conducting and composing. This Thursday, in honor of St. Patrick's Day composer and conductor Eimear Noone has put together This is Ireland a star studded evening celebrating Irish heritage. Eímear knew she wanted to conduct from a very young age, but after University as she pursued her dream she was told be a mentor told her she had three things going against her "you are young, you’re Irish and you’re female." She refused to be thwarted and started her own orchestra the Dublin City Concert Orchestra.

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