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    Newest Sundance It-Girl Elizabeth Olsen Joins Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights'

    There must be something in the cold mountain air of Park City that attracts the brightest young female talents. Just look at the recent track record of the Sundance Film Festival unveiling the newest Hollywood It girls: two years ago it was Carey Mulligan in "An Education," last year it was Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" and this year, from all reports, it's the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Elizabeth Olsen.

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    'The Last Airbender' & 'Twilight: Eclipse' Lead The Razzie Nominees

    Bad 3D Gets A Special Category This YearWith the Oscar nominations set to be announced tomorrow morning, capping off a busy awards season, the good folks over at the Razzie Awards have served up their picks of the very worst that 2010 had to offer.

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    Two More 'Matrix' Films Are Coming In 3D? So Says (Apparently Anyhow) Keanu Reeves

    Huh? Didn't the Wachowskis' "Matrix" trilogy end with a whimper? Ok, maybe not a commercial one ("Revolutions" grossed $427 million worldwide, which sounds great till you hear that "Reloaded" grossed a massive $742 mil worldwide), but creatively? The third film was even more confused than the second one (man, the Architect is sort of a laugh in retrospect) and was one of the most unsatisfying conclusions to one of the most promising, game-changing sci-fi films in recent memory.

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    Sundance Watch: Weinstein Co. Aggressively Acquires My Idiot Brother in Seller's Market

    Buying at Sundance is a game of grabbing one title at a time: each distrib circles the hit titles, grabs one, and retires from the fray. (Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia IFC tend to have bigger appetites.) What buyers don't want in a heated bidding situation is to overpay for a weak title or wind up needing product and going home with nothing. Weinstein Co. did not land Margin Call (which went to Lionsgate/Roadside) or Like Crazy (which went to Paramount) or Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon, or Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which both went to Sony pre-fest. Sony saw the Spurlock doc before anyone had seen the completed picture--Sony saw the first hour of the film, says Spurlock. James Marsh's dramatic chimp doc Project Nim went to HBO before the fest, which is seeking a theatrical partner.

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    Sundance Women Part 2

    Some goings on and reviews for women directors and women's films

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    #Sundance Daily Buzz: Morgan Spurlock, Borderline Films, Marshall Curry and more...

    #Sundance Daily Buzz: Morgan Spurlock, Borderline Films, Marshall Curry and more...

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    Michael Moore's Art House Declaration

    As the Arthouse Convergence came to a close on Thursday not far from Park City, UT, Michael Moore took the podium for more than an hour for an off the record keynote speech. The address concluded with the presentation of a declaration, blown up on a large poster board, that Moore urged each of the 200 attendees to sign. The declaration, in support of Art House Cinema, follows:

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    Sundance '11 Review: 'My Idiot Brother' Is Apatovian, Pleasureable & A Real Surprise

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz, is in many ways a hard film to rationalize here at the Sundance film festival. It is a glossy comedy, albeit with a thin layer of surface grime provided by harsh language, brief nudity and other mature circumstances to take a bit of the gleam off. It is about as “independent” as a premature infant on a respirator. It does not introduce new faces and talents, nor does it show us talents we know doing something different. Instead, “My Idiot Brother” assembles a comedy dream team for a story of family and forgiveness, shows us people trying to be good, trying to be more than themselves, and has amazing comedy bits ranging from huge sight gags and ba-doomp-boomp! punchlines, to razor-sharp sentences that boomerang back after they’ve whizzed by and silent expressions that convey volumes. It is a clear heir to the Apatovian comedy trend of emotional journeys along roads pocked with potty-talk potholes, and yet it also has as much heart as, if not more than, the best of Apatow’s work. It may be slender, but it is also a sheer delight.

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    Jane Goldman Not Working On 'Kick-Ass 2' Script; Says Matthew Vaughn's Next Film Is Something Else

    Sorry Mark MillarThis weekend a Daily Mail report casually mentioned that screenwriter Jane Goldman ("Kick Ass," "Stardust," "X-Men: First Class") was busy at work penning the "Kick Ass 2" screenplay (from her bed, no less) and the story picked up traction in fanboy circles. Sorry, apostles, but Goldman herself quickly stated on Twitter that this report was false.

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    Coen Brothers Say Their Adaptation Of 'To The White Sea' Is Probably Not Coming Back

    The Coen brothers are riding high these days. Their latest, “True Grit,” is already the highest-grossing film of their careers, it continues to rake it in at the box-office and come Tuesday, they'll probably (hopefully) have a few more Oscar nominations to add to their tally (ten so far). On their never-ending press tour for the film, the Coens recently stopped by the Creative Screenwriting podcast to discuss their latest and some of their other projects including their now famous adaptation of “Deliverance” author James Dickeys' novel “To The White Sea.” A WWII adventure pic starring Brad Pitt as an American pilot stranded in China and unable to communicate, the project is infamous among longtime Coen fans for the script's minimal dialogue but was shelved by the studios because of its $80 million budget. We featured the project as one of Ten Dead Projects We’d Like To See Resurrected but, as you've probably already guessed, its future is not looking any brighter.

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