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    Taxi Driver, New York

    Starting this Friday, New York City’s Film Forum will screen a newly restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Simon Abrams reports on the restoration and takes a look at Martin Scorsese's New York, then and now. Martin Scorsese’s seminal film was restored by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to film preservation that Scorsese is actively involved in. Now 35 years old, Taxi Driver looks more and more like an expressive time capsule of pre-Giuiliani Manhattan. The most salient sign of the changing times is the fact that the Lyric Theater, the porn house where Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes his date to see Swedish skin flick The Swedish Marriage Manual, is now the Foxwoods Theater, the Broadway auditorium where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is playing. Like the Lyric Theater, many of the film's more unsavory locations are gone, replaced by more upscale, tourist-friendly attractions.

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    PR Changes: Julie Fontaine Goes to Lionsgate to Replace Sarah Greenberg, Now at Weinstein Co.

    As the indie world keeps turning, more execs keep moving. Following the exit of long-time Lionsgate publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who went to work for Harvey Weinstein in New York where her husband is based, Julie Fontaine is taking her place, reporting to Lionsgate marketing president Tim Palen. The PR veteran Fontaine had handled publicity for Miramax's Daniel Battsek, then moved over to big Disney, where she worked on Miramax leftover The Tempest as well as Oscar campaigns for Tron: Legacy, Secretariat and Toy Story 3. She also took on campaigns for upcoming DreamWorks pictures.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jodie Foster Writing A Sci-Fi Thriller; Says Role In 'Elysium' Only Requires 3 Weeks Work

    Jodie Foster recently headed to Austin with her buzzed about "The Beaver" under her arm and the reviews were mixed. While some were taken with Mel Gibson's comeback performance, we found the film to be tonally inconsistent and a bit of a disappointment, particularly as the script placed on the Black List. But with the film set to hit theaters soon, Foster is ready to put the 'Beaver' behind her and move forward and it looks as if she's planning a bit of a change in direction.

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    SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

    SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

    A new print of Italian classic, La Dolce Vita, will screen at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival through the support of Gucci and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. The film, from director Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, will screen at the Castro Theatre, May 1. More information is here and below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Arnold Once Again Talks Up 'True Lies 2'

    Let's take a trip back in time shall we? Back in the summer of 2009, Tom Arnold said -- either sarcastically or delusionally -- about a possible "True Lies 2" that, "All I know is Jim Cameron’s making it and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California. It’s not going to be called ‘True Lies II,’ but it might as well be. I can live with that." Well, that time has since passed and either Arnold was lying, joking or hoping (probably somewhere in the middle of that). Anyway, he recently chatted with Movieweb (via /Film) and once again made some bold claims.

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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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    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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    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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