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    Poster Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    True confession. While I have not read Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the name Timur Bekmambetov has me interested in this movie. The Russian/Kazakh director of "Night Watch" and "Wanted" is a virtuosic visualist who runs his own VFX co...

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    SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

    It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awar...

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    Watch: Juvenile Refuge Sounds Like Jail In Clip From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    This morning came the unveiling of the lineup at the Cannes Film Festival and among the surprises is the news that Wes Anderson's festival opener "Moonrise Kingdom" is also going to be playing In Competition as well -- the first time that's happened since Fernando Meirelles...

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    "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

    There are few franchises in recent memory that were announced with as much excitement only to collapse as spectacularly as the proposed video game movie "Halo." Trumpeted with great fanfare in 2005, the expensive project was seen as the next big blockbuster, with the promise of a built-in,...

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    Cinema Verite Documentary Filmmaker Anne Drew Dies at 70

    Cinema Verite Documentary Filmmaker Anne Drew Dies at 70

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    James Franco Admits 'Tristan & Isolde' Was "A Big Mistake"

    James Franco has played many characters over the years -- James Dean, Aron Ralston, Saul Silver, Daniel Desario -- but few would leave him as bitter as his part as Tristan in "Tristan + Isolde." The actor has previously talked about the troubled production of that 2006 Kevin Reynolds film,...

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    Alrick Brown's "Kinyarwanda" Embarks on "100 Days Tour," Commemorating the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

    In observance of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Alrick Brown's Sundance Award-winning drama Kinyarwanda will screen intensively throughout the country during a 100-day commemoration in April and May.

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    Penelope Cruz Circling Role In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

    Casting a movie can be difficult, especially when trying to attract top talent to a film when they undoubtedly have other offers, or trying to pick someone right for a role when the studio wants a big name. But not if you're Ridley Scott and you're working with a script by Cormac McCarthy. B...

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    Official Synopsis and New Photos From "Soft Focus" by Rod Gailes (S&A Filmmaker Challenge Winner)

    Here's the latest update on Soft Focus, the forthcoming drama by Rod Gailes OBC, winner of the 2nd Shadow & Act Filmmaker Challenge. The film is currently in post production, inching steadily toward a release on this site, which will be accompanied by a motion picture soundtrack release as w...

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    Exclusive: New Look At 'Free Samples' Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jess Weixler Talks Making The Film

    With the Cannes Film Festival dominating the headlines earlier today, let's not forget that right now in New York City the Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, offering cinephiles a host of movies making their premieres and beginning their journey through the fest circuit and eventually into ...

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