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    SXSW Exclusive: Greg Mottola Talks The Influence Of Steven Spielberg On 'Paul'

    Yes, the buzz is now near deafening around "Paul," but not without good reason. The film is already playing like gangbusters in the U.K., home to the film's stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and over the weekend, the film unspooled to an enthusiastic reception at SXSW. In our review, we called the film funny, touching and rewarding, noting an inspiration from the works of Steven Spielberg, and that's no mere coincidence.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW: Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander Talk The Dish & The Spoon

    SXSW: Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander Talk The Dish & The Spoon

    SXSW is known for introducing Mumblecore to the indie film world, which defines a group of filmmakers and a minimal improvisational aesthetic derived from micro-budget necessity. SXSW-fave director Joe Swanberg discovered Greta Gerwig, who has moved from Hannah Takes the Stairs and the intense The House of the Devil (which severed her working relationship with Swanberg) to Greenberg and Hollywood's Arthur remake.

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    HBO Lines Up Projects With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Chloe Sevigny; Gets 'Cocaine Cowboys' Moving

    HBO has been lining up terrific projects left and right with quite a few being announced just this past week. Today, Deadline reports that HBO is developing a drama project titled "Upstate." The project comes from eOne Television and Cooper's Town Productions, headed by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff. Written by Brett C. Leonard (HBO's "Hung") and playwright Bob Glaudini (who collaborated with Hoffman on "Jack Goes Boating"), the script focuses on Roy Perkins, a recently laid-off man who relocates his family to an undisclosed rural location in America in order to become a correctional officer in a private, for-profit prison. The town and Perkins' family begins to prosper from this new prison, and tensions inside (and outside) the prison begin to erupt. There's no word yet as to whether Hoffman will star in the lead role, or whether this project is being conceived as a pilot for a series or as a one-shot miniserie, but it sounds like some interesting material to be sure.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Sherry Hormann, Director of Desert Flower

    Desert Flower opens this Friday in NY and LA. It stars Liya Kebede as Waris Dirie, a woman who escaped from Somalia and became a top fashion model and UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation. Director Sherry Hormann answered some questions about the film.

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    Sam Worthington To Star In Aussie Surfing Action Pic 'Drift'

    While Sam Worthington does get some flack around these parts for not being much of a presence in the big, expensive blockbusters that orbit around him, we'll give him credit for following up his "Avatar" success with some smaller, more interesting choices. The relationship drama "Last Night," the thriller "Man On A Ledge," the crime drama "The Fields" and the assassin pic "The Debt" are all waiting in the wings for the actor and he's signed on for another film, and no, it doesn't involve having blue skin.

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  • Hope for Film
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    SUBTITLES in DIGITAL AMERICA, Pt 2 of 2

    Yesterday, Orly Ravid, co-founder of The Film Collaborative, started another one of her incredibly thorough posts examine the current state of distribution. Her recent focus is on foreign language film distribution in the US, but the outlets she points to are applicable to all of us.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Drew Barrymore Gets New Directing Gig

    I am so glad to read that Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct a new film. BUT I am none too pleased that this could be a redo of He's Just Not That Into You (which was dreadful). Barrymore and her company Flower Film produced He's Just Not That Into You and reports are that she will be reteaming with that film's writers -- Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn -- on this film.

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    Kristen Wiig Nervous, But Excited For Her Breakout Turn In 'Bridesmaids'

    SNL Comedienne Also Talks What Drew Her To 'Paul' And The Lack Of Difference Between American & British Comedy Actors

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    SXSW Review: 'New Jerusalem' A Hypnotic Film Experience About Friendship And Religion

    Despite a rather large and enthusiastic critical embrace of American neo-neo realism ("Wendy and Lucy," "Goodbye Solo," "Ballast," and a few others), there haven't been many (if any) new players entering the field. By contrast, mumblecore micro-indies are cropping up like corn, with young directors seizing the me-too attitude and grabbing shitty cameras to capture characters in apartments talking about relationships or focusing on their own inadequacies. Some are different, some are great, and like anything, you have to wade through the shit (which still get perplexing amounts of overenthusiastic quotes) in order to find the few artists pushing for something more. The neo-neo's are fewer in numbers but they're generally all worthwhile in some way, using their own brand of minimalism not to film conversations but to start them.

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    Criterion's June Slate Includes: 'Kiss Me Deadly,' 'Zazie Dans Le Metro,' 'Insignificance' & More

    Nicolas Roeg, Louis Malle, Robert Aldrich, Kon Ichikawa -- Criterion has announced their slate of films to street in June and as usual, it's crack cocaine for classic film lovers.

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