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    Watch This: Suzi Yoonessi's "Futurestates" Episode "Spring of Sorrow"

    Having recently championed filmmaker Suzi Yoonessi for her recently released feature, "Dear Lemon Lima," I looked forward to her contribution to the "Futurestates" web series (which I also showcased in my recent Cinematical SXSW shorts roundup). Titled, "Spring of Sorrow," it features another minor appearance by Beth Grant, a favorite underrated character actress of mine, and like "Lima" incorporates a lot of doodle type drawings. I'll admit that the narrative, about a little girl searching for water in a parched near-future, doesn't grab me as much as Yoonessi's feature did, and I'm not completely down for the global warming angle (I see it more related specifically to the global drinking water crisis than a general environmental concern), but once again I applaud the director's ability to create young-adult-geared stories that aren't adapted from other material and are age-appropriate without being age-limiting or exclusively appealing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Writer-Director Update: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman; Adam McKay Likes Crowe for The Boys

    Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny McBride Looking To Direct; Could Helm Any Number Of The Rough House Projects In Development

    Comedian Calls The 'L.A.P.I.' Detective Project A Mix Of 'Chinatown & 'The Long Goodbye'Exclusive: Danny McBride is first and foremost known as a comic actor, and these days he's perhaps best known as Kenny Powers, the shameless and insufferable former professional baseball pitcher on HBO's "Eastbound & Down." But McBride is also a writer, penning "The Foot Fist Way," which essentially was his calling card into Hollywood; many episodes for "Eastbound & Down," which he is a creator on; and "Your Highness," his upcoming medieval stoner comedy co-starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel and directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineaaple Express") that hits theaters April 8.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

    It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with the actor during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript, says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King. “I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter’s legacy.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

    Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

    The Tribeca Film Festival will simultaneously share several of its 2011 premiere titles on video-on-demand, including The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night (pictured) and Neds on April 20 (available through June 23). Other festival films will also be available on VOD, including Dax Shepard's Brother's Justice and Zach Braff starrer The High Cost of Living.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Greta Gerwig Stars in Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress for Whit Stillman, Sony Pictures Classics

    Greta Gerwig fans rejoice. She's starring in Whit Stillman's Violet Wister's DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, which will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics. A release date is yet to be set. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Johnny Depp's 'The Rum Diary' Will Hit Theaters On October 28th Via Film District

    Updated: This is all confirmed. As you were.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFI Fest and AFM Announce November 2011 Dates

    AFI Fest and AFM Announce November 2011 Dates

    This year's AFI Fest will take place in Los Angeles from November 3-10, timed to coincide with the American Film Market in Santa Monica, November 2-9. This marks the festival's 25th year of screenings, to be held at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The fest will continue to offer free screenings (thanks to sponsor Audi), which were introduced by former festival director Rose Kuo, who has moved on to run the Film Society at Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival. She was succeeded by Jacqueline Lyanga. A guest artistic director for 2011 is still to be named; David Lynch did the honors last year, and designed the Fest's poster.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Chief Jeff Robinov Says They'll Reboot Batman Franchise & Chris Nolan Will Produce

    Justice League, Wonder Woman & The Flash Films All In The WorksWhile we had our doubts yesterday about just how soon Warner Bros. planned on getting a Justice League movie into theaters, Hero Complex today confirms that yes, 2013 is the planned date -- just one year after both Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel" hit theaters. It's a bold move and one we're not quite sure is the best option, however, comic fans have been salivating for the mega DC-superhero team up and the script is currently in the works. As fans know, George Miller nearly got his version off the ground but it was complicated by the writers' strike and subsequently fell apart. And while it remains to be seen who is directing and starring in the film (we presume Christian Bale won't be involved, but Henry Cavill will) the bottom line is: cinemagoers won't be without the iconic superheroes for too long.

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