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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW Review: 'White Reindeer' Is a Sad, Subversive Christmas Tale, But Not Devoid of Warmth

    Filmmaker Zach Clark's first two features, the scrappy nurse-turned-dominatrix comedy "Modern Love Is Automatic" and the wicked beach party noir "Vacation!," paired restless formalism with Clark's penchant for deadpan humor. By contrast, his touching Christmas tale "White Reindeer" funnels Clark's d...

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    SXSW Review: Cheap Stab at Sibling Rivalry 'Awful Nice' Mostly Stumbles in Search of Laughs

    Director Todd Sklar's short film, brazenly titled "'92 Skybox Alonso Mourning Rookie Card," followed a pair of estranged brothers drawn together by the untimely passing of their father. At less than 13 minutes, it managed to economically set up two aimless characters and let them run wild to comic e...

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    SXSW: Brie Larson Discusses the Daunting Challenge of Leading 'Short Term 12' and Only Doing Projects She Believes In

    23-year-old California bred Brie Larson has mined an impressive career as a stellar supporting player with memorable performances in "Rampart," "21 Jump Street" and Diablo Cody's HBO show "United States of Tara" as Toni Collette's rebellious daughter. In the SXSW Narrative Competition entry "Short T...

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    SXSW Review: 'William and the Windmill' Investigates Morality of 'Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' Subject's Fame

    The story of Malawian teenager William Kamkwamba is candy for the Western imagination: In 2001, the 14-year-old Kamkwamba dropped out of school and picked up a library book about harnessing electricity, then built a windmill from scratch, effectively powering his subsistence farmer family and saving...

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    SXSW Review: Emotional Troubled Youth Drama 'Short Term 12' Pulls Off Tricky Balance

    There is undoubtedly a bad version of "Short Term 12" that writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton ("I Am Not a Hipster") fortunately didn't make. The movie, which follows the experiences of staff and patients at the eponymous foster care home for at-risk teens, conveys a series of sentimental hooks w...

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    Mitchell Hurwitz Wants an 'Arrested Development' Movie to Happen, But Says 'We Have Nothing Else Right Now'

    "There's a reason this kind of thing doesn't happen more often," "Arrested Development" creator Mitchell Hurwitz said of his resurrected comedy series today. "Shows don't reunite because television doesn't work that way. There's no profit model and people go off to do other work."

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    Talking Sex Scenes on TV (Including, Yes, 'Girls') at SXSW

    Any discussion entitled "Changing Rules for Women and Sex on TV" was bound to include mentions of a certain HBO comedy series. The always provocative "Girls" was certainly a central topic at Saturday's SXSW panel, which was moderated by ThinkProgress' Alyssa Rosenberg and populated by fellow journal...

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    SXSW Review: '12 O'Clock Boys' Captures the Danger and the Beauty of Baltimore's Urban Dirt Bikers

    The first time we see the group of mostly young adult dirt bikers cruising down the streets of lower class Baltimore neighborhoods in "12 O'Clock Boys," the speed and intensity of their risky, unauthorized stunt work has been translated into poetry: Pitching backwards in slo-mo as they point to the ...

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    SXSW Futures: Xan Cassevetes on 'Kiss of the Damned' and Why Making Movies is a "Way of Life" for Her and Her Family

    Xan Cassevetes, daughter to indie icons John Cassevetes and Gena Rowlands, follows in family's footsteps with her feature directorial-writing debut "Kiss of the Damned" (playing the SXSW's Midnight section). A feverish vampire story strictly aimed at the adult set (think more "True Blood" and less "...

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