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    Exclusive: Ti West's Next Feature Will Be The Sci-Fi Film, 'The Side Effects'

    Director Ti West was rolling through Austin this week, unveiling his latest horror flick "The Innkeepers" at SXSW where it made its world premiere. We caught up with the director for an interview and naturally, talk turned to what he might do next and while he's trying to keep it under wraps and is cagey about what details he can drop, he did give us a title and a taste of what the picture will be about.

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  • Spout
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    SXSW 2011: "Bellflower" and "The Divide" Overdose on Testosterone

    My first official day of SXSW kicked off full throttle with a documentary about (alleged) domestic terrorists armed with Molotov cocktails, a movie about "Mad Max"-obsessed slackers with homemade flamethrowers and ridiculously souped up cars, and a midnight post-apocalypse thriller that continually abandons layers of sanity and morality and ends up far more FUBAR than anything in Austin directly associated with that acronym. Oh, and I attended a party for that middle film in which they held a cricket eating contest and a crazy old Austinite showed up wearing half a set of handcuffs on his wrist (the other half was apparently hacked off). Basically, this is the kind of first day I anticipate and welcome. I'll ignore the doc here (that goes elsewhere) and present some thoughts on the latter two films, Evan Glodell's "Bellflower" and Xavier Gens' "The Divide."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Camp Out: A Picturefest Fundraiser

    A few weeks back, I introduced Picton Picturefest on this blog, an event me and some fellow Canadians are in the process of planning for this summer. Essentially, Picton Picturefest is a little film festival and "cinephile camp" for youth near my hometown in Southern Ontario (clearly inspired by this little experience)... Somehow, it manifested from that idea to a full-fledged operation, with 20 us - filmmakers, film producers, film festival employees, media artists - now part of the "Picturefest Collective," a non-profit organization with government funding and some serious ambition to make Picton Picturefest a reality.

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  • The Playlist
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    Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs & Eugene Levy Sign Up For 'American Reunion'

    This One Time, At Band Camp....AgainListen, we know, somebody out there is renting/buying/watching those "American Pie" spinoff straight-to-video sequels in big enough quantities that Universal is getting the old gang back together. Either that, or they're hoping to squeeze the last bit of bucks out of an aging franchise with the added bonus that most of the cast is still going to come cheap. It's probably somewhere in the middle.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actresses Take Control, Directing and Producing Their Own Projects

    Drew Barrymore will follow up her Whip It (2009) directorial debut--which scored better with critics than audiences-- with How to Be Single, a romantic comedy for New Line, reports THR. She will also produce with her Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen (Flower Films's first producing effort was Never Been Kissed in 1999).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Limitless' Expands The Boundaries of Bradley Cooper's Charm

    Originally (and enigmatically) titled “Dark Fields,” Neil Burger’s latest film now bears the bland moniker “Limitless,” making it sound like a film scraped together from D.C. Comics’ dregs. But rather than being another entry in the seemingly neverending superhero genre, “Limitless” is a sci-fi-inflected thriller that never quite lives up to its premise or its lead actor.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW Review: We Aren't Buying Morgan Spurlock's 'Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

    "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" (yeah, that's actually the full title), Morgan Spurlock's new takedown of product placement in television shows and movies, starts out cleverly enough, with a sharp analysis of all the ways in which major corporations, in their limitless, greedy quest for the almighty dollar, wedge advertising into other aspects of entertainment. Hilarious clips from major motion pictures and television series are shown, including a snapshot of "90210," in which characters earnestly bicker while discussing (and prominently displaying) a can of Dr. Pepper.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Tonight! Wednesday! Come Tweet With Me About Producing on #FilmIn140

    My producing partner on SUPER, Miranda Bailey, and my former Sundance Creative Producing Mentoree -- and an innovative producer in his own right -- Thomas Woodrow will be joining Sheri Candler and the good folks at Film Threat, and hopefully hordes of others -- like you, and you, and you -- for a discussion on the role of the producer.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW: Miranda July Says 'The Future' Is Her Version Of A Horror Film

    And More We Learned About Her New FilmFew working filmmakers are as divisive as Miranda July. Her first film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was to some, one of the best films of the last decade, but to others was barely watchable insufferable hipster bait. We're firmly in the former camp, and as such have been keenly anticipating her sophomore feature, "The Future," for some years. Our man at Sundance suggested that great things had again emerged from the polymathic helmer, and we were delighted to discover at SXSW that the wait had been worthwhile; "The Future" is less immediate than its predecessor, but just as rewarding.

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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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