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    'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Gets A Best Friend In Anthony Mackie; Dominic Cooper Stakes Role

    Update: Variety reports that Dominic Cooper has also signed on to the film, in the key role of Henry Sturgess that was previously linked to Joaquin Phoenix.

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    Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy

    Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy

    The Berlin Film Festival market is taking off fast with deals announced on several pictures selling rights there, as many other sellers hope that the market favors their wares as well.

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    Bradley Cooper Joins 'The Words'; Jeremy Irons In Talks; Directorial Debut By 'Tron: Legacy' Writers

    Though his profile was raised considerably thanks to a starring turn in "The Hangover," Bradley Cooper isn't quite proven outside of that comedy vehicle. Yet. Oh sure, he had "The A-Team" last summer, but that was sold more on the franchise than the actors and its terribleness was due mostly to the atrocious material than anything else. Coming up, he's got the thriller "Limitless" that will be the first real test of his leading man status and he will be testing the waters with none other than Robert De Niro in that pic. But clearly, Cooper isn't eager to get pigeonholed into frat boy comedy and his next project is another shift of direction for the actor.

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    SXSW Film Fest Adds 'Attack The Block,' Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short, 'Insidious' & More

    'Hobo With A Shotgun' & More Added In Midnight & Shorts ProgramSXSW is just over a month away and the organizers down in Austin have revealed the rest of their already staggeringly large lineup. The Midnighters should provide genre fans with some big thrillers, and perhaps the most exciting film of the bunch, making its world premiere, is Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block." Featuring mostly only U.K.-known actors, the alien invasion pic will pit a group of teenagers against extra-terrestrials and it will feature a soundtrack by dance-poppers Basement Jaxx. Nice. Meanwhile, "Saw" creator James Wan will try and scare you silly with "Insidious" (which came out of TIFF with decent notices) while Rugter Hauer will power the outrageous "Hobo with a Shotgun."

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    SXSW 2011 Adds Midnighters, Fest's "Bloody Beating Heart"

    We have the SXSW Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, plus the complete short films lineup for the Austin fest, which runs March 11 – 19. The Midnighters program includes two two midnight feature programs of five films each. Fest producer Janet Pierson calls the programs:“the bloody, beating heart of SXSW. Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year's selections are no exception.”

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    'Red Sonja' Back On With Simon West Directing; Amber Heard Tipped As Favorite For The Lead

    There's Also Going To Be A 'Conan 2'One project that fell apart, breaking geek hearts in the process, was Robert Rodriguez's "Red Sonja." With Rose McGowan in the lead, the project made it through concept art phases but never went beyond, and eventually both Rodriguez and McGowan moved on to other things. But the project is still alive and kicking, and in a recent conversation with Empire, producer Avi Lerner dropped some news on who will be directing the film and who he'd like to step into the red-haired role.

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    BAFTA Predictions and the Oscars: Colin Firth, Colin Firth, Colin Firth

    On Sunday, the BAFTAs will be handed out, the last serious awards ceremony before the Oscars. Can the British Academy predict the Oscars? Last year’s best film BAFTA went to The Hurt Locker and best director to Kathryn Bigelow; just saying.

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    Morgan Freeman & Annette Bening Join Rob Reiner's 'The Third Act'

    Rob Reiner is a bit of a conundrum. He's made three bona fide classics -- "This Is Spinal Tap," "The Princess Bride" and "When Harry Met Sally...," delivered some better than average blockbusters like "Misery" and "A Few Good Men," and most recently, had one of his biggest hits ever with "The Bucket List." Yet, on the other side of the spectrum when Reiner misses, he whiffs big. Last year's "Flipped" got tepid reviews and came and went from theaters without anyone noticing and do you remember "Alex & Emma"? Yeah, us neither. But when Reiner delivers, he delivers big, so he'll never be wanting for financing.

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    That's Not Nikki Finke

    I can tell you unequivocally that Nikki Finke is not the subject of The Daily photo she has been trying to stop them from publishing. I've known Finke for years, and she doesn't coif her hair like that, or wear heavy jewelry and makeup. She's more down-to-earth, as she told Gawker--which once offered $1000 for a photo of her. I can also report that when some folks tried to get hold of the rest of the photo shoot that yielded the one official Finke portrait (compare and contrast below, along with her Wellesley class photo), Finke bought out the rest of the session.

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    Cold Weather's Katz & McFadden Talk Characters, Genre, Free Collaboration

    TOH's Sophia Savage flip-cammed Cold Weather writer-director Aaron Katz and writer-producer Brendan McFadden. Here's her report; video is below):Cold Weather opens in Los Angeles February 11 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. This genre-bender is a meditation on human relationships dressed as a mystery-thriller. The film plays by its own rules, refusing to be rushed by short attention spans or pressured by mainstream expectations. The 2010 SXSW hit reminds us that any budget when combined with the will to get a great film made is better than a big budget and the will to fit in. Plus, collaboration is not only free -- it's a recipe for indie success. Here is indieWIRE's review and a scene explained by Katz.

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