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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality

    SXSW Video: Jodie Foster Talks Beaver Stars Gibson and Lawrence's Pain, Her Own Split Personality

    Jodie Foster had a problem. After completing production on her third feature film, The Beaver, her old pal Mel Gibson, who she had adored since they first worked together in 1994's Maverick, was in terrible trouble. At the end of reshoots on the film, she watched helplessly as he suffered through a career-destroying tabloid crisis of leaked phone tapes during his break-up battle with model Oksana Grigorieva.

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  • The Playlist
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    Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

    Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

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  • Spout
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    Miami to Austin and Making Documentaries Better: Offsite Spouting

    This past week has been kind of a haze for me, as I attended my final Miami International Film Festival screening Sunday night -- delayed due to a fire alarm at the 18-screen Regal South Beach -- and then did not sleep but two hours (on the plane) before arriving in Austin the next morning (traveling North by Northwest to South by Southwest). From then on I never really caught up with sleep, mostly due to my lack of control over transportation and lodging, and I dozed off at least a bit in more films than not. Meanwhile, much of what I did see all the way through I wasn't into enough to say anything nice about, so I've abstained from writing on a lot of films, probably for the best. I can always revisit and report at a later date, though. For now, here's some of the stuff that took my work elsewhere in the past few days:

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  • The Playlist
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    Subtitle & Remake Rumors Circle 'Attack The Block'

    This doesn't happen very often, but a note made in a week old article in THR has touched off a firestorm of sorts around "Attack The Block," the well-received alien-invasion flick by Joe Cornish that debuted at SXSW this past week (fyi, we loved it). In the article, written prior to the film's premiere in Austin, the trade noted that the Brit street slang was making potential distributors worried and that, "there is talk of having subtitles for any North American release." Additionally, THR said that "there is even excited talk of getting the movie's remake rights and making a U.S. version of the film." Of course, some film sites went into overdrive with a couple already campaigning for the newly launched Drafthouse Film -- who only have one film under their belt -- to take on the movie. Can everyone just breathe for a moment?

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  • The Playlist
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    James Cameron Says A Fox Exec Wanted Him To Cut Out The "Tree Hugging Hippy Crap" From 'Avatar'

    It's hard to believe, but the guy who made "Aliens" and "Terminator 2" is now Mr. Environment. With "Avatar," James Cameron not only took 3D out of the gimmick gutter but he also painted himself as a concerned environmentalist (though he remains blissfully ignorant of the waste created by double and triple dipping DVD releases and the endless stream of crap merchandising has created for the film; but that's a conversation for another time). Anyway, during the film's long gestating period it looks like one Fox executive wasn't down with all the hippie dippy tree hugging in the movie.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Nostalgia for the Light

    What is sure to be one of the year's best films, Chilean documentary master Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, opens in New York this weekend. It's a gloriously multilayered, emotionally charged work of nonfiction from one of the world's cinematic treasures. See it on the big screen if you can.

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  • The Playlist
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    Billy Bob Thornton Suiting Up For 'Bad Santa 2'

    That didn't take very long. Last November, Billy Bob Thornton first hinted that "Bad Santa 2" was in development saying that it was something he "actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.” A month later, The Weinstein Company struck a deal with the current owners of Miramax to help develop sequels and television spinoffs to a number of prominent catalog titles including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror,” "Rounders," "Shakespeare In Love" and yes, "Bad Santa." Well, it looks like contracts are now being drafted up.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Content Media

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

    As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Reveal Bad Weather Was The Inspiration To Make 'Paul'

    Yes, it's Friday. SXSW Film is over, SXSW Music is in full boozy swing and "Paul" -- after running a helluva pace through the press gauntlet at the festival and in the preceding weeks -- is finally hitting theaters. And while it seems that the chatter and buzz around "Paul" has been non-stop, this is the rare case of the film that actually deserves it. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film is much more than it what appears to be combining the breeziness of a '70s road trip film, the magic of early Amblin entertainments and of course, the distinct humor of the film's leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who are joined by Seth Rogen who voices the titular creature. It's a winning combination in a unique film that brings together a tremendous ensemble cast to play along including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio and Bill Hader.

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