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    Tilda Swinton, Dennis Quaid and the Duplass Brothers Included in Austin Film Festival Lineup

    The Austin Film Festival has announced the first ten films to make the 2011 lineup. The lineup includes world premieres: Bruce Wilkinson's "Beneath the Darkness" (starring Dennis Quaid), Adam Cornelius's Tetris pro doc "Ecstasy of Order," and the Upright Citizen Brig...

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    INTERVIEW | Paul Rudd Would Like to Play Someone Different, Please

    In Paul Rudd's second film directed by his good friend Jesse Peretz (they collaborated on the 2001 comedy "The Chateau"), Rudd plays the nicest guy since Forrest Gump opened up his box of chocolates. Ned is a dim if well-meaning idealist who gets into some trouble when he sells pot to a cop. Once ba...

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    Catching Up

    My Houston-based colleague, film critic, teacher and author Joe Leydon, has just turned 59, and feels that with a milestone year in front of him, it’s high time he caught up with famous films he’s never seen. We all have such a list, though some of us are more reluctant to admit ...

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    INTERVIEW | Guillermo Del Toro, Part I: Videogames, Transmedia and Here's His E-mail

    Guillermo Del Toro's name adorns posters for the horror remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," which opens this week, but the director has a lot more on his mind aside from how to scare people. For "Dark," Del Toro co-wrote the Troy Nixey-directed adaptation, served a...

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    FIRST PERSON: How a Burn Pile of Scripts Led Vera Farmiga To Make "Higher Ground"

    Below, in a first person feature for indieWIRE, Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga opens up about how her directorial debut "Higher Ground" came to be, and why she decided to go behind the camera. This article was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where the ...

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    James Schamus on Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker Mag: A Must Read

    James Schamus has written a lovely and extended appreciation of Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker magazine. And it definitely deserves a read.

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    INTERVIEW | John Sayles on "Amigo": "It's just a great story that hasn't been told"

    Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles dusted off an obscure part of American (and Filipino) history in making his latest film "Amigo," set in the Philippines amidst the backdrop of U.S. occupation following the defeat of the country's long-time colonial overlord, Spain. The drama follows a group of U.S. troops who occupy the small jungle hamlet. Under pressure from a stalwart officer, played by Chris Cooper, to help the Americans hunt for Filipino guerrilla fighters, the town's defacto leader, Rafael (Joel Torre) is placed in a particularly odd situation because his brother (Ronnie Lazaro) leads the local insurgency and considers anyone who c...

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    Critic's Notebook | Skip "Conan" This Weekend and Invest in These Male Anti-Heroes Instead.

    The male libido is a Hollywood fixation. Testosterone-fueled fantasies have been a selling point for as long as the medium has been around, stretching back to Thomas Edison's 1894 kinetoscope short featuring Prussian bodybuilder Freidrich Wilhelm Müller, in which the muscleman struck a number of pos...

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    A Feast of Classic Films

    A successful film festival needs to have good movies, good people, and a good home. The folks behind the Plaza Classic Film Festival in El Paso, Texas have got it all. Their boast of being “The world’s largest classic film festival” is not an idle one; spread over eleven days, it features scores of films from the silent era to the 1980s, shown almost entirely in 35mm, with special guests, outdoor screenings, seminars and more. It’s insanely ambitious but I must say I was genuinely impressed. How can you not admire a festival that precedes its screening of Walt Disney’s Fantasia with the short subject Mick...

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    FUTURES: Andrea Riseborough Talks Madonna, RADA and "Brighton Rock"

    Age: 29 Hometown: Whitley Bay, England

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