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    Jackie Earle Haley & Bella Heathcote In Talks For Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp

    With filming set to begin in April, it looks like casting is ramping up for the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, "Dark Shadows." The film is based on the gothic 1960s television series that centered on Barnabas Collins, a vampire (to be played by Depp) who is in search of lost love, Josette.

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    Jonathan Glickman Named MGM Production Chief

    MGM co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have brought over 12-year Spyglass president Jonathan Glickman as new prexy of MGM's Motion Picture Group.

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    Kevin Macdonald Takes Over 'Marley' Doc From Jonathan Demme

    It's been a long, messy road for the developing, and highly anticipated Bob Marley documentary "Marley" to see the light of day. Martin Scorsese was originally working on the documentary for the Weinstein Company way back in 2008, although he swiftly bowed out, and was then replaced by Jonathan Demme. The project then came to a standstill when Demme left the project after he and producer Steve Bing didn't see eye to eye on the film during the first rounds of editing, although, Demme did tell us he was proud of the work he had done on the film.

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    Tribeca Picks Up Keira Knightley's 'Last Night'; Will Ferrell's 'Everything Must Go' Hits May 6th

    Guillermo Del Toro's 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Gets International Distribution, Still No Domestic DateOne film of a handful snared up in the sale of Miramax was Massy Tadjedin's "Last Night." The film premiered at TIFF last year but its North American release was tied up thanks to changing of hands when Miramax went up for sale. Well, there is now some light on the horizon and a release in sight.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Win Win' Is A Win Win

    Well, you can go ahead and sign us up. Tom McCarthy is one of our favorite directors and Fox Searchlight has just dropped a trailer for his latest, "Win Win," and it looks like another solid entry in the helmer's growing filmography of tender, winning dramedies.

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    Steven Zaillian To Rewrite Jack Ryan Reboot Starring Chris Pine

    The gestating reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise has been moving in along in fits and starts. Here's what we know so far: Chris Pine will star, "Lost" director Jack Bender joined the project last summer, and that hire was soon followed by the signing on of Anthony Peckham ("Invictus," "Sherlock Holmes") to write the script with the ambitious plan of a late 2010/early 2011 start being eyed. Looks like they'll have to put that last one on hold for now.

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    SXSW '11 First Looks & New Pics: Carla Gugino In 'Girl Walks Into A Bar,' 'Win Win,' 'Fubar 2,' More

    So, the SXSW lineup has been revealed and that also means marketing machines will be going into full effect as the films get set to unspool in Austin. And so with that in mind, we have first looks at a small handful of films that will be playing and we're sure there will be more down the road.

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    Countdown to the Oscars: Biutiful

    Surprising in many ways, Biutiful is nominated for two Oscars. Not only is it one of the 5 nominees in the Best Foreign Language category (Mexico), Javier Bardem is also nominated in the Best Actor category. It played in Cannes last spring, where it won a Best Actor prize for Javier Bardem. Roadside Attractions distributing in the U.S. After its December 1 week qualifying run, it is the very first film to debut theatrically after screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Playing opposite Kaboom, the weekend’s other major specialty debut, it had a strong opening likely in large part to its somewhat surprising best actor nomination. On 57 screens in 27 markets - an aggressive opening for a foreign film - the film grossed $460,916 for a very respectable $8,084 average. Including the December qualifying run, Biutiful has now grossed $623,226.

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    SXSW '11 Lineup Revealed: 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Beginners,' 'Win Win,' 'Super' & More To Unspool

    'Ceremony,' 'Incendies,' 'Fubar: Balls To The Wall,' 'In A Better World,' 'Tabloid,' 'Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,' 'How To Die In Oregon' & More Also Among HighlightsOK, so while Sundance is over and the next big festival on the horizon is Cannes in May, another increasingly important fest on the circuit has become SXSW. A looser, more bbq- and beer-fueled event than their snootier colleagues, SXSW has become an important destination particularly for genre films looking to make a strong first impression. The early announcements of films that will be playing -- "Paul," "Source Code," "The Innkeepers," "The Beaver" -- certainly bear that out and with the full lineup now unveiled (sans the Midnighters or SXFantastic feature sections which will be coming next week along with the short film listings) there is plenty genre fare, and much more, for those headed to Austin.

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    SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?

    The South by Southwest Film Festival has never historically been a market. Set in March in Austin's vibrant film community, nourished by the concurrent SXSW Interactive Fest and the wildly popular Music Fest to follow, SXSW Film Fest has continued under the canny direction of Janet Pierson to nourish indie newcomers, launch male-driven commercial comedies (Simon Pegg sci-fi comedy Paul would be this year's example) and pull a young hip moviegoing demo. One hot ticket this March will be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Last year's SXSW breakouts include Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Gareth Edwards' Monsters and the doc Marwencol. (Full 2011 line-up is posted below.)

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