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    Jon Heder Says David Gordon Green & Danny McBride's 'Mr. Machine' On Hold For Now

    Also Talks About His Role In Upcoming Paul Dano Drama 'For Ellen'David Gordon Green tends to have his hands in a number of projects at any given time, but naturally, some stall out, get left behind or put aside. Back in 2008, just as "Pineapple Express" was gearing up to hit theaters and do some boffo box office, Green and Danny McBride pulled out an old script from their drawer, dusted it off, and set it up at Universal. Titled "Mr. Machine," McBride described the project as "our take on those old Amblin films -- it follows around these science fair geeks that construct this robot that gets a life of its own. It's like... I don't know, a 'Short Circuit' zombie movie." Well, it's now a few years later and there has been little word since, so we asked Jon Heder --- who is currently doing press to drum up support for the animated short he's developing via Kickstarter) -- about the status of the picture that is being produced under his Greasy Entertainment shingle.

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    SXSW-Less

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    I Am Inspired By Alrick Brown's KINYARWANDA

    Tuesday night next week, we will be screening Alrick Brown's KINYARWANDA as part of our This is that Goldcrest NYC screening series.

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    'Marie Antoinette' Producer Ross Katz To Helm 'The Amateur American' Starring Luke Evans

    The name Ross Katz might not sound familiar, but you've likely seen some of the films that have his name in the credits. As a producer, he put his weight behind a number of acclaimed films including "In the Bedroom," "Lost In Translation" and "Marie Antoinette." In 2009 he unveiled his debut feature, the acclaimed HBO drama "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon, and now the director is gearing up his sophomore effort.

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    Poster of the Week

    Talk about hangdog: have you ever seen such miserable expressions on actors' faces? Scratch that: on supposedly light and cheerily cartoonish likenesses of actors' faces. This pained, painted one-sheet from what apparently was a series of films in the 1970s (laugh all you want—what do we have now? Goddamned wizard boys) is notable mostly for the sepulchral tone it's lent by its leads. The circus-like excitement of the title font, the ruff-ruff-and-ready ramble of the apparently cash-hungry canines, and the kooky sideways trailer in the back left of the picture all indicate a larf-filled lark, filled with pranks and heists of all sorts to entice the entire pre-cable clan on a Friday night. Unfortunately Fred Astaire, blinged out but not having any of it, looks like he just wants to go back to his warm bed at Meadowbrook Eldercare Services; Barbara Eden is clearly, and rightfully, mortified that her middle-aged frame been forced into a glittering Vegas bikini that would make Liz Berkeley blush; and James Franciscus apparently just laid a silent but deadly and is trying to avoid eye contact before the others get a whiff (judging by their expressions it might be too late). The Amazing Dobermans, directed by the seductively named Byron Chudnow, might be a real hootenanny, but this wretched trio might as well be off to their aunt's execution for all I can tell from this image. Or maybe they're just concerned that the poor dog is holding a lit stick of dynamite in its teeth!!!

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    Baz Luhrmann Says He's Not Making 'The Great Gatsby' "Right Now," Is Still Doing Extensive Research

    OK, this caginess was cute, but now it's getting sort of irritating. In development for a long time now, everything seemed hunky dory when it was revealed last month that Baz Luhrmann was going to make "The Great Gatsby," and filming was going to start in August in Australia. Well, you can put a big MAYBE stamp on it for now.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tarantino Programs New Beverly Cinema: Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, Mazursky and Grindhouse

    New Beverly Cinema's March schedule is programmed by the owner and birthday boy himself, Quentin Tarantino (he turns 48 on March 27). Take a look at a selection of what's he's chosen to screen this month, listed below. The complete schedule, which includes Paul Mazursky and Grindhouse Nights, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and much more is here. Many screenings are already sold out, so if you'd like to celebrate March Tarantino-style, act fast.

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    Miami Film Fest, SXSW and Irish Shorts: Offsite Spouting

    It's a busy couple of weeks for me, as I currently am attending the Miami International Film Festival and will be joining up with the rest of the blogsophere in Austin for SXSW come Monday. I should have some coverage from both events here on Spout, as well, but I'd also like to direct your attention to off-Spout content I'm doing. As usual, my concentration at festivals is documentary, of which Miami and SXSW each is packed with great selections. At the moment, I have a few reviews over at my strictly doc blog Nothing But the Doc (So Help Me Blog). Here are links to those:

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    Steven Soderbergh Reveals He Dropped A Leni Riefenstahl Biopic To Do 'Contagion' Instead

    Throughout his film career -- which he is looking to step away from after he completes "Liberace" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." -- Steven Soderbergh has easily moved from digestible Hollywood blockbusters like the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy to studio dramas like "Traffic" or "Erin Brokovich," to stylish genre exercises like "Kakfa" or "Out of Sight" to micro-indies like "Bubble" or "The Girlfriend Experience." But as the years have gone on, and Soderbergh's output continues at a brisk pace, the director has become savvy to the machinations of the Hollywood machine and shepherding a project that will likely be difficult to finance or even find an audience is no longer something the helmer is willing to do.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke

    Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke

    - Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton’s Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap.

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