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    Jodie Foster's The Beaver To Debut at SXSW, Open Wide April 8

    Jodie Foster's The Beaver To Debut at SXSW, Open Wide April 8

    Smart move. Summit Entertainment has decided to world premiere Jodie Foster's controversial Mel Gibson drama The Beaver at SXSW (March 11-19), which decided to let the film speak for itself. Said festival director Janet Pierson: "It's an actress/filmmaker carefully and beautifully tackling a heartbreaking subject in her finest work yet." The film starring Gibson as a man who talks to a sock puppet will be a centerpiece premiere on March 16. SXSW is a fest attended by film fans of every stripe who could send good buzz into the blogosphere and help to move the movie beyond Gibson's toxic tabloid history. Foster will attend; no word on Gibson as yet. Summit releases the film limited on March 23, expanding on April 8.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Official Look: Andrew Garfield In 'Spider-Man'

    After Sony let W magazine give us the first fantastic look at Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," they've gone ahead and dropped the first look at Andrew Garfield in "Spider-Man" themselves, and well, the studio is still batting 100%. We really dig the new look of the Spidey suit, and Garfield's young scarred visage with the backpack slung over a shoulder indicates the picture is headed in the right direction.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Photo Gallery

    Check out The Social Network co-star Andrew Garfield as a slim, bountifully-haired Spider-Man, complete with a skin-tight bodysuit. The untitled Columbia Pictures Spider-Man Reboot, directed by Marc Webb, opens July 3, 2012.

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    'The Beaver,' Greg Mottola's 'Paul' & Ti West's 'The Innkeepers' Added To 2011 SXSW Film Fest Sched

    Conan O'Brien Documentary, 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Added As WellAlright, it's 2011, people. Time to get in with the new. The Sundance Film Festival is just right around the corner, but not far off in March is the SXSW Film Festival, which continues to get better and better each year. While the opening night film has already been announced -- Duncan Jones' "Source Code" -- new editions to the line-up have been made including Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," starring persona non grata Mel Gibson, Greg Mottola's alien roadtrip comedy "Paul," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a documentary that follows the behind-the-scenes of the talk show host's summer tour, among others.

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    Avert Your Eyes! The Trailer For 'A Little Bit Of Heaven' With Gael García Bernal & Kate Hudson

    Dear Gael García Bernal, Why? Why? Did you need the money? Did you lose a bet? Did you do it as a dare? Whatever the reason, you have shattered our little hearts by agreeing to star in this abomination of a romcom, "A Little Bit of Heaven" with Kate Hudson. Dude, you are so much fucking better than this.

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    Paul Greengrass May Direct 'Memphis,' A Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Thriller

    Well, so much for "Cleopatra." Vulture reports that director Paul Greengrass is eying, for his next directorial effort, a script he's penned titled "Memphis." The story centers on the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the springtime of 1968, when he was trying to help the city's sanitation workers find common ground. As Vulture notes, this was a tumultuous time for the former preacher: he was facing heat from the President over his opposition to the Vietnam War while fighting marginalization due to his insistence on focusing his efforts on the poor working class.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production & Development Watch: Hall's Awakening, Greengrass's King Biopic, Russell's 2 Guns

    - Rebecca Hall is a total scene stealer. Think Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Please Give, and The Town. She's a rising star; here's a first look at her first leading role in The Awakening, from Brit director Nick Murphy and screenwriter Stephen Volk. Dominic West (The Wire) and Mike Leigh regular Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) co-star. Set in 1921, a bereaved woman (Hall) deploys rational arguments to debunk supernatural myths. A countryside boarding school asks her to come to ease panic caused by a boy's death (and rumors of a ghost). Her beliefs are challenged when she faces her own ghostly encounter. The Studio Canal and BBC films collaboration is in post-production with no release date. - Forget Bourne. Brit writer-director Paul Greengrass is writing Memphis, a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that focuses on the events--both personal and professional--that lead to his assassination on April 4, 1968. There are plenty of assassination reports and conspiracy theories to work with. Greengrass's studio relationship is with Universal; Scott Rudin is in discussions to produce the film with Greengrass at the studio's specialty arm, Focus Features.

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    Shane Black To Direct Live Action Manga 'Death Note'

    Shane Black, who rose to fame penning films like "Lethal Weapon," "The Last Boy Scout" and "The Monster Squad," made his return to Hollywood after a long absence with the witty action comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." It didn't exactly light up the box office -- it made back its $15 million budget in worldwide gross -- but it did help relaunch the career of Robert Downey Jr. and it proved that Black's sharp pen hadn't diminished.

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    Geldof at SXSW

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  • Caryn James
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    A Major French Film Festival, Online

    One of the best little thrillers I’ve seen lately is Espion(s) (translated with bizarre spelling as a Spy(ies) ) with charismatic Guillaume Canet as a baggage handler blackmailed into working for MI-5 in London, helping them trap a businessman smuggling explosives from Damascus. It’s a highlight among a promising group of French films, none shown in the U.S. before, available online as part of My French Film Festival.

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