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    Kate Mara & Treat Williams Join Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde In 'Blackbird' (aka 'Kin')

    Sissy Spacek & Kris Kristofferson Round Out The CastVariety reports that Kate Mara and Treat Williams, who both featured in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" but didn't share any screen time, are set to reunite and actually appear at the same time on screen in the upcoming crime thriller "Blackbird" starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde.

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    "Heartbeats" is Compulsory Hipster Viewing

    That’s right, every hipster should see “Heartbeats”. Nay, everyone under the age of 35 should see this movie. If you get a discount at the opera for not being middle-aged, you need to take the time out of your busy and possibly ironic life and go buy a ticket to this wonderful piece of high French Canadian hipster romance.

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    New Poster For James Gunn's 'Super'

    James Gunn‘s superhero parody, the appropriately titled “Super,” premiered last year at TIFF where it received some strong reviews and landed a distribution deal with IFC. We missed it at the fest but we've liked what we've seen so far and it looks like the first film in a while that will nail a very tricky genre. With its SXSW bow just around the corner, Gunn has debuted a new poster on his site in the style of the folded-up flyers its hero puts up around town.

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    Google Changes Algorithm to Block Low-Quality Content Farms

    Applaud Google for doing the right thing in the fight against low-quality content farms. Google has announced that it has altered its search algorithms (stateside for starters) to favor high quality content. They explain here:Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.

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    New Images From Joe Cornish's 'Attack The Block'

    Gearing up to hit SXSW next month, some fresh images from Joe Cornish's upcoming teens vs. aliens flick "Attack The Block" have arrived and quite simply: they look great.

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    Everyone Loves Neil Diamond & More Things We Learned From The Filmmakers Of 'Drive Angry 3D'

    Patrick Lussier & Todd Farmer Call Amber Heard The "Anti-Damsel In Distress" & Espouse The Emotional Impact Of 3DExclusive: We recently had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with “Drive Angry 3D” director Patrick Lussier (henceforth occasionally referred to as PL) and writer Todd Farmer (henceforth occasionally referred to as TF). We reported on what they had to say regarding their some upcoming new projects yesterday, but we learned a few more things during the chat that we thought you should know. Read on for more on the emotional impact of 3D, William Fichtner’s embodiment of a truly odd antagonist and Amber Heard’s anti-Damsel in Distress character.

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    'Community' Star Joel McHale Joins Mark Wahlberg In Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted'

    While this writer doesn't understand the love for the overrated "Community," Joel McHale is undeniably funny and he's long overdue for some big screen exposure -- though it seems to be his year with "Spy Kids 4," "What's Your Number?" and "The Big Year" all on the way -- and it looks like he's found a new, particularly filthy vehicle that will allow him to continue his transition onto the big screen.

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    'Breakout Kings' Star Jimmi Simpson Joins 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    As Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" gears up to shoot in 3D (woo!) next month, the film is putting the finishing touches on its cast.

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    James Franco Locks In To Visit 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

    We'll say this: it's kind of amazing the amount of buzz James Franco -- aka The Franco -- has managed to create for himself. It's the kind of chatter and publicity most stars would love to have, but it's all the more remarkable considering that it's only after this weekend when he hosts the Oscars that James Franco will become something of a household name. Sure, he had a co-starring role in the "Spider-Man" films but other than that, he hasn't really toplined a major franchise. But that's all about to change. Later this year he will fight the "Rise of the Apes" and now Deadline reports that the ink is pretty much dry on earlier talks that will find the actor reteaming with Sam Raimi for "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

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    Oscar Predictions, Parodies, Criticisms and More Final Pre-Academy Awards Discussion Fodder

    Like many others, I'm sick of Oscar season. And like many others, I'll acknowledge it anyway with a last-minute roundup of Academy Awards fever links. The above poster for nominee "The Kids Are All Right" was made by Laz Marquez and can be seen in full here. [via /Film] Other links and citations pertain to "Dogtooth," "The Town," "Gandhi," Donald Duck, "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," Whoopi Goldberg, "Waste Land," Japanese anime and Ricky Gervais.

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