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    Exclusive: Jon Heder & Nick Peterson Talk 'Drained' An Animated Short They're Funding On Kickstarter

    Here's a bit of trivia we bet you didn't know: Jon Heder ("Napolean Dynamite," "Blades Of Glory") recently earned his BFA in Animation. Yep, it's true he recently completed the last credits he needed, and now he's putting that degree to good use, putting his producing powers into play and teaming with writer and director Nick Petersen on an ambitious short film that will mix live-action and animation. Adding to the unique nature of the project, the duo are looking to finance the project through the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Greetings From Sunny Florida!

    I'm in Miami for the Miami Int'l Film Festival (more on that in a day or two), and so far, not so much beachery...

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  • Caryn James
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    Review, "Red Riding Hood": How to Make "Twilight" Look Good

    “It appeals to the 14-year-old girl in me,” Gary Oldman told Conan O’Brien about the new Red Riding Hood from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Oldman, who plays a mysterious, menacing wolf-hunter in the film, probably knows that 14-year-olds are the only possible audience for this clunky mess, and then only as a stopgap while waiting for the next Twilight.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Julie Taymor Exits Spider-Man Musical

    Reports were confirmed last night that director Julie Taymor has departed the Spider-man musical which she had been working on for years. The visionary directory who rose to the stratosphere of her profession when she directed The Lion King which is still bringing in the bucks on Broadway and all over the world, has been in the cross hairs for some time as the most expensive show on Broadway struggles to find its footing.

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    Review: 'Red Riding Hood' A Brooding Tweenage Fairy Tale

    Catherine Hardwicke, for better or worse, has largely defined what we have experienced, cinematically, for the past couple of years. Her influence might get lost in the shuffle, since every subsequent film has been helmed by a different director, but with the look and feel of the first "Twilight"' movie, she set the stage for a whole bunch of copycats and wannabes, which makes it all the more startling that she's returning to remarkably similar (hallowed) ground, with a revisionist take on "Red Riding Hood."

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    Sony Pictures Classics Kicks It With 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

    Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wong Kar-Wai, Mike Leigh, Charlie Kaufman and....A Tribe Called Quest? Yep, it might seem like a strange fit but Sony Pictures Classics, usually home to decidedly arthouse fare, has picked up actor Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest."

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    Numbers Cannes/ AFM/ EFM

    Cannes Market 2009 compared to American Film Market and Berlin European Film Market 2011Statistics - Marché du Film 2009 compared to AFM whose number of participants is up 6% from 2010, compared to EFM whose whose number of participants is up 7% from 2010:

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    'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Back On The Market With Matthew McConaughey

    Credit where credit is due; it appears that Matthew McConaughey is done starring in mediocre paycheck fare. After spending years taking off his shirt and smirking through films like "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past," "Fool's Gold," "Surfer Dude" and "Failure To Launch" (while failing to launch a franchise in "Sahara" and doing forgettable dramas like "Two For The Money"), the actor is striking out in some new directions. His upcoming flick, "The Lincoln Lawyer" seems to be getting better than expected advance buzz and he's lent his name to a couple of bold upcoming comedies, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Richard Linklater's "Bernie." And now, the actor is circling a strong drama that has been stuck in development hell for years.

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    Review: 'Mars Needs Moms' A Dead-Eyed Bore

    Robert Zemeckis has spent the past few years, since 2004's uncanny valley-crossing "The Polar Express," trying to convince the movie-going public of the validity of his brand of motion capture animation. For the most part, audiences have resisted, but he still keeps plugging away. And even a new deal with Disney to distribute his animated wonders wasn't enough to guarantee its success; it was quietly shuttered this year.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sneak Preview: Interview with Susanne Bier

    Here's a brief snippet of my interview with Susanne Bier, Academy Award winning director of In a Better World. The film opens here in the US on April 1. The full interview will be up in a week or two.

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