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    SXSW '12 Interview: 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Talks Sequel & Going Hollywood; Mike Shinoda & Joseph Trapanese Discuss Scoring The Film

    Few films at this year's SXSW Film Festival have knocked us back in our seat like Gareth Evans' assaultive "The Raid: Redemption." Opening later this month, it's a slickly realized, breathlessly paced actioner about an unlucky SWAT team that invades an apartment building that is more or less exclusively populated with very bad dudes. (A kind of warlord/drug kingpin resides in one of the top floors.) Appealing to the typical SXSW audience's love of extreme violence and foreign weirdness, the movie went over like gangbusters. We got to sit down and talk with the film's director, the very British Gareth Evans, about where the movie came from, what we can expect from the sequel, and being saddled with that goofy subtitle. And as an added bonus we also get to hear from the film's composers – Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese (the man chiefly responsible for wrangling Daft Punk's "TRON Legacy" score). Guest stars!

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    Trailer Watch: New Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

    It's all about Charlize vs Kristen.

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    Nia Long On "Love Jones" Sequel: "We've Been Talking About It" (Do YOU Want To See It?)

    Talk of a sequel to Love Jones have been in the air for some time now, though nothing concrete has developed thus far; and whether director Theodore Witcher, who, as his words suggest, became somewhat disillusioned with the industry and seemed to walk away from it, will even want to make a sequel is another uncertainty.

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    Robert Downey Jr. Out & 'Modern Family' Star Ty Burrell In For 'Mr. Peabody And Sherman'

    It was only last month that we were noting how Emmy winning "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell was making some serious strides into the movie world in 2012, with indie flicks "Goats" and "Butter" on the way, as well as having recently signed up for the "Jackie Brown" prequel "Switch." And he's taking yet another part, though he won't be working with one of the biggest A-list actors in Hollywood.

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    SXSW '12 Interview: Omar Rodriquez Lopez Talks Spirituality, Storytelling & The Symbolism Of 'Los Chidos'

    One of the more talked about films of this year's SXSW has been Omar Rodriguez Lopez's "Los Chidos." Shocking, violent, funny and made in a style unlike anything else at the festival this year (unlike anything you've probably ever seen), the film is divisive, but its differences are what make it interesting and worth talking about. Using, but also breaking convention, stereotype and tropes, "Los Chidos" is a crazy fable that explores socially ingrained cultural problems like misogyny, abuse and consumption. Not everyone is going to get it, but Rodriguez Lopez doesn't seem worried about scaring off those viewers who don't in order to maintain the clarity of his vision.

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Aliens? Michael Bay Says The New Turtles Will Be From An "Alien Race"

    The origins of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have never been terribly complex. Tiny reptiles splashed with a mutagenic ooze, living in the sewers, learning karate, eating pizza. Makes sense, right? Okay, it doesn't, but whatever -- fans have been going with it since the characters' first appearance twenty eight years ago. Now that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are producing a new live-action movie adaptation, they've decided that origin wasn't working for them, so they're taken a page from the "Highlander II" playbook: the Ninja Turtles will now be aliens.

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    Watch: New 'Dark Shadows' Trailer Now Adds Alice Cooper

    Already revealed last summer as filming was underway, it's not much of a surprise that mild shock rocker Alice Cooper would be popping up in the '70s set "Dark Shadows." But in case you forgot or needed proof, a new trailer has landed.

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    U.S. in Progress at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival

    US in Progress films start festival careers

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    Discuss: Will Michael Mann & 'Hugo' Writer John Logan's Unmade 1930s Hollywood Noir Ever Make It To The Screen?

    The walls of the studio backlots have always been haunted by the films that never made it into production. Whether through design, tragedy or somewhere in between, every great filmmaker and star has at least one project that slipped through the net, films that, had they made it to the screen, might have stood among the classics. Indeed, we've run down through several of the casualties of development hell in the past (part one, part two, part three, part four). Over the weekend, new details of one of the projects we've featured emerged, which made us wonder: might it be one of the few to get a second lease on life?

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    SXSW '12: Jack Black Talks 'Bernie' & Says He's Still Trying To "Crack The Code" On 'School Of Rock 2'

    Jack Black is a goof – at least when you watch him on screen: from “High Fidelity” to “School Of Rock” to “Kung Fu Panda” to “Tropic Thunder,” Black exudes a manic, febrile energy that is irresistibly funny, if not charming, even when he’s being mean or maybe a little bit obnoxious. But off camera, Black isn’t the kind of performer who seems to feel the need to maintain that silly sensibility, and he’s in fact quite mellow. All of which is why his turn in the new film “Bernie” is a such a refreshing and unique change of pace for Black; pitched at a tone between his level-11 comedy and off screen quietude, he delivers a fascinating, sympathetic performance as a genteel Texas funeral director who unexpectedly murders the wealthy widow he befriends after performing services for her late husband. Black scores a home run in the role, lending subtlety and real humanity to character whose odd combination of characteristics – all of which are evidently real – could have come off as cartoonish.

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