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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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    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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    Drew Barrymore Takes On 'How to Be Single' For Second Directorial Feature

    'He's Just Not that Into You' Team Joins Her For Multi-Story FilmDrew Barrymore is one of those stars that has recently broken out of the original mold that Hollywood cast for her. She directed her first feature "Whip It" in 2009 to critical, if not financial, success and was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the television miniseries "Grey Gardens" in the same year. She still continues, however, to stick to her genre of choice -- the romantic comedy -- starring in last year's smart, yet predictable rom-com "Going the Distance." So it's no surprise that for her second directorial feature, THR reports, she'll be taking on another romantic comedy, "How to be Be Single," based on the eponymous book by Liz Tuccillo.

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    Johnny Knoxville Won't Be Playing Moe In 'The Three Stooges' After All

    With the April start date for the Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges" getting closer and closer we presume some kind of casting news should be coming down any day now. But wait, wasn't it just announced that Johnny Knoxville set to play Moe? Turns out it was wrong.

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    Watch: Trailer For SXSW Hit 'A Bag Of Hammers,' With Rebecca Hall & Jason Ritter

    Film Features Score From UK Folk Artist Johnny FlynnThe SXSW festival is continuing on, and those of us who weren't able to attend are getting more and more envious by the day -- unfortunately, someone has to stay behind at Playlist HQ to sign for packages and feed the menagerie of exotic office pets. From everything we've heard, it seems to have been something of a banner year for the festival with films like "Source Code," "Attack the Block," "Bridesmaids," "The Future," "The FP," "Kill List," "Beginners" and "Super" all looking likely to convert their success in Austin to larger audiences later in the year.

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    Movie Review: Matthew McConaughey's Roguish "Lincoln Lawyer"

    As a lawyer who’s a half-step away from being a scam artist, Matthew McConaughey’s character works every angle for his clients in The Lincoln Lawyer, just as McConaughey works every scene in this legal thriller. There’s nothing ambitious about it, but this sleek, commercial suspense movie is much more engaging than I expected it to be.

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