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  • Spout
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    Miami 2011: "Phase 7" is a Great Zombie Movie Without the Zombies; "No Return" is Not to Be Missed

    Secret screenings seem all the rage at film festivals these days, yet the Miami International Film Festival is not the sort I'd expect to hold one. Any regional event like this could do it well, though, as long as they don't venture too far outside the focus of the fest. It makes sense that Miami's catalog teased something new from Argentina, fitting the Ibero-American cinema interests here, while also promising it's a "brilliant genre thriller." And it would be shown at midnight. I knew it had to be something headed to South by Southwest right afterward, guessing either "Phase 7" ("Fase 7") or "Cold Sweat." It was the former.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Study from Quebec Finds Female Directors Face Tough Road Getting Films Made

    A new study released last week by Anna Lupien and Francine Descarries, researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal in partnership with the Réalisatrices équitables an association of female filmmakers in the region found that it's very difficult for female filmmakers and that "women direct a disproportionately small number of the features made in our province." The interesting thing to note is that these numbers are still bad even though there are two agencies who fund filmmaking in the region.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW: James Gunn & Rainn Wilson Talk The Dark, Twisted Comedy Of 'Super'

    In James Gunn’s “Super” (review here), Rainn Wilson plays a mild-mannered man who reacts to the “evil” in the world by donning a superhero costume and fighting crime. Of course, it’s never that simple when you’re dealing with Gunn and Wilson. As deranged as Gunn’s previous films have been (particularly his early roots at Troma), Wilson is an equally unpredictable mind, crafting an onscreen persona that continually subverts expectations.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Conan O'Brien Explains Mean Conan.

    Conan O'Brien made a brief stop in Austin on Sunday for the world premiere of Rodman Flender's "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a behind-the-scenes documentary about the former "Tonight Show" host's roadshow that made major headlines last year. Here's O'Brien during the post-screening Q&A discussing his coping mechanism in the wake of stepping down from his vaunted slot as Jay Leno's replacement.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bradley Cooper Pitches Himself To Play Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    With Baz Luhrmann being irritatingly cutesy and coy regarding his presumably forthcoming adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" -- all he'll really admit these days is that it's something he's researching -- what we know for certain isn't much, except that Carey Mulligan has been selected to play Daisy in the film. And while Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have workshopped the project with Luhrmann in the roles of Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, and are expected to take on those parts, there is another male lead in the film and Bradley Cooper wants it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Grim & Carefree Trailer For Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short Film 'Scenes From the Suburbs'

    Riding high off their Grammy win, and with a post-celebratory jaunt around the world this spring and summer, Arcade Fire show no signs of slowing down any time soon. And they still have more in store for their fans including the Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes From The Suburbs" which first appeared in an abbreviated form in the video for "The Suburbs."

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW Exclusive: Nick Frost & Simon Pegg Say 'Paul' Sequels Are Definitely A Possibility

    'The World's End' Aiming To Shoot Next YearAside from being an exceptionally fun movie, Greg Mottola's "Paul" seems to be a haven for upcoming project news; we've got dozens of updates on future movies concerning the extensive talent in that film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arthur Laurents Says 'Gypsy' With Barbra Streisand No Longer Happening; Tom Hooper Eyed Directing

    Barbra Streisand doesn't get in front of movie cameras very often, but when she does, it always creates a bit of a stir, so no surprise that back in January when news dropped that a film version of the musical "Gypsy" was in development with the actress/singer to star, buzz started building. But alas, it's all for naught as Arthur Laurents, the aging writer of the musical, has changed his mind and kiboshed the idea.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

    David Mackenzie's an interesting sort of director. Ever since his debut a decade ago or so with the British indie "The Last Great Wilderness," he's created a series of solid, consistently interesting dramas, none of which are bad (though "Spread" comes close), but none of which are truly excellent either (the underrated "Hallam Foe" is the next best thing, however). But he's always had interesting taste, been able to get strong performances out of his casts, and marched to the beat of his own drum, and we've always believed that he'd knock something out of the park one of these days.

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  • The Playlist
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    Woody Allen To Appear In Small Role In His Next, Rome-Set Picture

    Would Like To Work With Diane Keaton Again, But Not Sure On WhatWoody Allen may be creeping up on his 80th birthday (he's 76 this year), but his work ethic shows no sign of letting up. He's directed 41 films in 42 years and, as usual, has started prepping for the next before the premiere of his latest, the Owen Wilson/Rachel McAdams topliner "Midnight in Paris." As revealed a week or so ago, the next will follow the recent trend in Allen's work, and be set in a major European city, with Rome following on from London, Barcelona and Paris.

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