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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Selects 15 Projects from 15 Countries for L'Atelier 2011

    L’Atelier, created by the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, recognizes and encourages emerging filmmakers. This year, L'Atelier has selected 15 projects from 15 countries which show artistic quality and originality, listed below. Their directors will participate in the next Cannes Festival, from May 13-20, and will meet with producers and industry professionals to further develop and secure financing for their projects. More information is here.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    5 Ridiculous Lines From "Battle Los Angeles."

    By now it should come as no surprise that the thinly conceived alien invasion movie "Battle Los Angeles" is a serious dud. But even the whiff of awfulness conveyed by the trailer (below) and those nondescript posters can't fully convey the absurdity of this vaguely fascist and blatantly pro-war parable, in which Aaron Eckhart leads a team of soldiers into a severely damaged Los Angeles in the wake of an attack from some barely tangible foe.

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  • The Playlist
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    Space Invaders: 14 Aliens Attack Movies

    While the genre never really goes away, once a decade or so the alien invasion picture suddenly hits the zeitgeist. It happened in the 1950s with the slew of B-movies, it happened in the 1990s as "The X-Files" captured the public's imagination, and for whatever reason (birthers? immigration concerns? a shortage of fake teeth for vampire movies?) it's happening again now.

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  • Spout
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    SXSW 2011: "Hesher" and "Super" Bring the Rainn

    When it Rainns it pours. Sorry, I had to do it. When I looked at the lineup for the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, I immediately noted that two of my most anticipated films star Rainn Wilson: “Hesher” and “Super.” Each has been around for a while -- the former premiered at Sundance ’10; the latter debuted at Toronto last fall -- but they both seem best suited for the kids in Austin. They’re like grindhouse comic book movies. The sort featuring superheroes you’d like to drink a beer with. But you’ll settle for a pint at the Alamo Drafthouse while you simply observe their maniacally valiant spirit.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gary Oldman Hints 'The Dark Knight Rises' Will Feature Old School Villain

    Gary Oldman has been doing the press rounds for "Red Riding Hood" and naturally, he's been grilled about "The Dark Knight Rises," but the veteran actor has been playing it cool and not spilling too many details on Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated and secretive sequel. What we do know is that Tom Hardy will be playing Bane and Anne Hathaway will be taking on Catwoman, though current rumors suggest she will be an ally instead of a foe. And now Oldman has hinted that another villain in the movie will be ripped from the classic pages of the comics.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Jane Eyre' A Hauntingly Effective Gothic Drama

    When tasked with reimagining Charlotte Brontë's immortal "Jane Eyre," which seems to be adapted somewhere, by someone, every couple of years, some key decisions must be made. The impulse that seems to have seized director Cary Fukunaga was to emphasize the gothic horror elements of the story, while making the narrative more structurally complex, allowing for more of Jane's back story to slip into the movie (it's the stuff most commonly left out of the multitude of adaptations).

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  • The Playlist
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    New Cut Of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon A Time In America' On The Way With 40 More Minutes

    Did you just buy the recently released BluRay of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In America"? It might already be dated. Leone's sprawling gangster tale, which has long been subject to various cuts and edits, is now going to get a fresh coat of paint in a new director's cut that is now being prepared.

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  • Spout
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    Posts About "Arthur"

    The Originals: “Arthur” Wasn’t Even Good the First Time

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  • The Playlist
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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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