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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Natural Selection: Details on Robbie Pickering, SXSW Narrative Feature Winner, Awards List

    The big SXSW winner this year was Robbie Pickering's Natural Selection, which not only collected the Narrative Feature Competition grand jury prize, two breakthrough acting awards, special prizes for screenplay, cinematography and editing, but the Audience Award as well. Producer Paul Jensen said at the awards ceremony Tuesday night: “We all know how difficult this independent filmmaking is. Robbie never gave up, and he never wavered from his vision."

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW Review: Harmony Korine's 'Umshini Wam' Starring Die Antwoord Now Online

    "I'm old enough to bleed, I'm old enough to breed, I'm old enough to crack a brick in your teeth while you sleep."

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  • The Playlist
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    Karl Gajdusek To Rewrite William Monahan's Script For Joseph Kosinski's 'Horizons' (aka 'Oblivion')

    Even though "Tron: Legacy" underperformed and was met with a collective shrug from both fanboys and critics alike, Disney still wants to be in the Joseph Kosinski business and he's got a property they think will make them a mint. His graphic novel "Oblivion" was picked up by Disney a while ago and last fall "The Departed" scribe William Monahan was tasked with writing the script. Well, spring is around the corner and there is new movement on the project.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Recreate 'Star Wars'

    'Paul' Soundtrack Gets U.S. Release; Comic Duo Reveal Early Drafts Of Film Were Quentin Tarantino-esqueYes, you're going to be seeing a lot of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in the lead up to "Paul" but frankly, better them than Adam Sandler. And when they're doing goofy, very funny riffs like their recent "remake" of "Star Wars," we're glad they're getting the attention. So yeah, like we just mentioned, the duo recently teamed on a riveting shot-by-shot homage to George Lucas' classic -- only for things to not go so well between the oil and water team. You can watch it below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Megan Fox In Talks For Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

    After getting bounced from the 'Transformers' series and bombing in a trifecta of films -- "Jennifer's Body," "Jonah Hex" and "Passion Play" -- Megan Fox is currently undergoing a career reinvention. She recently wrapped the indie film "Friends With Kids" and now she's adding a high-profile comedy gig to her plate in a move that will certainly get people talking.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Oprah's Dream Comes True As Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts Kiss In Trailer For 'Larry Crowne'

    You can practically hear the 35-49 segment in a studio marketing executive's pie-chart presentation exploding upon the release of the first trailer for the Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts rom-com "Larry Crowne."

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  • Hope for Film
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    DIY Days NYC: You Missed An Incredible Gathering Of Incredible People

    Why does it still feel amazing that a whole group of people come together to share knowledge, organize that gathering, and take the resulting inspiration out into the world -- and that they do it for free? That question is worthy of a future post, but for now we are here to celebrate DIY DAYS, the event that we must now ordain as a necessary institution. I was a keynote speaker last year. This year Christine Vachon and I discussed our past and hopes for the future. Earlier I ran a post on Chuck Wendig's presentation he did this year on "Where Storytelling & Gaming Collide" . Today we are happy to offer you Zeke Zelker's overview of the event, which at the very least should make sure you plan on joining us next year. Check it out. I promise you will leave wiser and inspired.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Friends With Benefits' Gives Up Emma Stone Cameo, Owned By Patricia Clarkson

    A new trailer has landed for "Easy A" director Will Gluck's follow-up to his fantastic comedy vehicle that made launched Emma Stone's career into the stratosphere, and it wastes no time in giving up/ruining the goods. Cameos by Emma Stone and Andy Samberg are out of the way in the first 10 seconds, and hey, Woody Harrelson plays a gay dude! While we would've liked those surprises to have remained until we saw the film, we have to say, that we were still pretty charmed by this one and our optimism remains intact.

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  • Spout
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    Do You Believe in Magic?: 2011's Mix of Fairy Tale Adaptations

    Over the course of the past month I’ve had the (arguable) pleasure of seeing three new films adapted from fairy tales. First was the new teen drama “Beastly,” which I reviewed here; it’s flawed at best, with few redeeming moments. I liked more of “Red Riding Hood,” and reviewing it got me thinking about what one needs to successfully adapt one of these classic stories to the screen in the 21st century, with or without an “update” in setting. I also caught Catherine Breillat’s new film “The Sleeping Beauty,” which is a resounding success. With these movies in mind, I’d like to jump one step further from Chris’s post on the trouble with adapting Beauty and the Beast, and talk about what these three movies seem to show us about adapting fairy tales in general.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailers For 'Cave Of Forgotten Dreams' & 'Essential Killing' Land

    Even though we're now in March -- the new tentpole month -- there are still things happening at your local arthouse, so just remember that you do have options before plunking down $12 for "Battle: Los Angeles." A couple of trailers have arrived for some films that will certainly be much healthier alternatives in the weeks to come, so let's get right to it.

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