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    In Theaters: 'Paul,' 'Limitless,' 'Lincoln Lawyer'

    While the film cool kids kick around Austin at the SXSW festival, eating queso and barbecue and drinking 'ritas and tweeting about all the rad awesome movies they're seeing, we've got to console ourselves with the offerings at the cineplex this weekend. Fortunately, it's not all crap! We even get a SXSW treat in the form of "Paul," the Two Dudes and an Alien road trip comedy. Also in theaters: Bradley Cooper in the sci-fi pharmaceutical pic "Limitless," Matthew McConaughey returning to his courtroom roots in the "Lincoln Lawyer," and Sundance fave, Tom McCarthy's "Win Win."

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    Video: Jimmy Fallon, Bob Dylan, and . . . Charles in Charge?

    Jimmy Fallon has followed up his brilliant, timely Charlie Sheen impression with another priceless parody that couldn't be less timely: here's Fallon as Bob Dylan singing the theme to the totally forgettable old sitcom Charles in Charge.

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    Guest Post: Tales From a First-Time Director at the Oscars by Sara Nesson

    The last time you heard from me (which was also the first) was after the Oscar Nominees Luncheon when I got to revel in my new friendship with Geoffrey Rush. Now, two weeks post Academy Awards, I am finally returning home to Brooklyn, NY. I find myself happily trading the little gold man for what seems to be a promising future for Poster Girl and my career, although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little crushed when my film didn't win. A good cry and many hugs from my family and the “foxy posse” later and I am back to my balls-to-the-wall self.

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    Updated: Is Guillermo Del Toro Being Asked To Take Japan Out Of 'Pacific Rim'? Writer Says No

    Update: Travis Beacham has once again hit Twitter and has put the kibosh on the rumors swirling saying, "The situation in Japan is NOT tripping up PAC/RIM. Unless my day-to-day work load is an astonishingly elaborate prank." He also adds for those concerned about the film being insensitive, "This is, on its surface and in its heart, a movie about people. This is a movie about humanity."

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    SXSW Short Ends: Kyle Smith

    Eric Hynes and filmmaker Kyle Smith took a break from the SXSW bedlam to toss the pigskin around and discuss Smith's unique, assured debut, Turkey Bowl. Here Kyle relates the high school sports moment that might have consigned him to a lifetime of filmmaking.

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    Fox Searchlight Eyeing David O. Russell For Russ Meyer Biopic

    David O. Russell really has had one hell of a comeback year. Garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Director this year for "The Fighter" and riding a wave of critical acclaim, Russell has been picking up projects left and right over the past six months or so (and those are just a few of many he's got cooking in various stages).

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    Review: Tom McCarthy’s ‘Win Win’ Balances Heartfelt & Hilarious Small Victories

    The following is a reprint of our Sundance review by our correspondent James Rocchi.

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    Review: 'The Gift To Stalin' Aims To Be Moving & Sentimental But Comes Up Flat

    1949: A cargo train pulls into an unspecified area, and immediately children accost it with pans full of hot water. They run around like little merchants with a fresh mouth: "Buy hot water! Don't be stingy!" they tell the soldiers who dip out of the sliding doors, dying for anything wet. The scene shifts into one of the compartments; a boy (Sashka, Dalen Schintemirov) delivers water to his grandfather who dies before he can get a drop on his tongue. It's just one casualty of many, though, and the soldiers -- members of the Soviet Union -- stop off in a Kazakhstan village to unload the waste. Kasym (Nurzhuman Ikhtimbaev), a road worker, proceeds to bury the dead when he discovers Sashka hidden amongst them. Without the heart to leave the kid to his own devices, he takes him back to a small community of political prisoners. Eventually Sashka -- whose parents are also political prisoners -- gets wind of a contest for children: whoever gives Stalin the best present will get to meet him. He, of course, devises a pipe-dream plan to give the Generalissimus the greatest gift of all in order to free his parents.

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    5 Directors Who Could Take Over From Darren Aronofsky On 'The Wolverine'

    In a move that came as a huge surprise, Brooklyn's dapperest filmmaker, Darren Aronofsky, today walked away from the film that was set to be his tentpole debut "The Wolverine," the second "X-Men" spin-off to star Hugh Jackman's titular character.

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    'Chipmunks 2' & 'Doctor Doolittle' Helmer Betty Thomas Eyes 'Desperados' With Isla Fisher

    With "The Hangover" proving to studios that an R-rated comedy can bring in the big bucks, executives are now trying the concept with a female twist. "Bridesmaids" -- which recently unspooled at SXSW and met our expectations head on -- will be the first R-rated, women driven comedy in ages but it won't be the last. Isla Fisher has been attached for a while now to "Desperados," a raunchy road trip comedy and it looks like the project is settling on a pretty unlikely director.

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