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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW Review: Swedish House Mafia Documentary 'Leave The World Behind'

    The electronic dance movement is now. Between French electronic outfit Daft Punk winning the Album of the Year Grammy while dressed as ice cream-colored robots, the Internet-dominating Beyonce surprise release, and earlier this week the release of a new album by 26-year-old dance music maven (and "S...

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    SXSW: The Good, the Bad, and Top Ten Films at the 2014 Fest

    I left this year's SXSW film festival with three takeaways: 1) Sundance programmed some really great titles back in January, many of which South By incorporated into their Festival Favorites category, 2) the Documentary Competition lineup was strong, and 3) the Narrative Competition lineup was not.

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    Interview: Director Lenny Abrahamson on Michael Fassbender’s Giant Head, Faking SXSW in 'Frank' & More

    Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that w...

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    SXSW Review: Vampires Get Real in Hilarious Mock Doc 'What We Do In the Shadows'

    It’s hard out there for a vampire. Sunlight’s a (literal) pain, dining on human blood can get messy, and primping for a night out on the town is tricky when you can’t see your own reflection in a mirror. Aside from these supernatural hang-ups, Taikia Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s rollicking mockume...

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    SXSW Review: Why 'Fort Tilden,' A Satire of Privileged Young Brooklynites, Won the Grand Jury Prize

    While frequently very funny and sustained by a pair of boldly unlikable female protagonists, "Fort Tilden" adopts the glorious stupidity of its stars, and echoes their gratingly obnoxious temperaments.

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    'Bad Words' Star Kathryn Hahn On Being the Misfit and Working With the Late Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Actress Kathryn Hahn has been working steadily for over a decade, appearing memorably in everything from HBO's "Girls" as Jessa's nanny client to Sam Mendes' devastating drama "Revolutionary Road," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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    SXSW Review: Horror 'Among The Living' From 'Inside' Directors Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo

    In 2007 French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo released "Inside," a French horror film about a pregnant woman who is violently targeted by an unknown intruder. The movie was brutal, unflinching, and totally brilliant. It was an exercise in terror that was both excessively stylized and...

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    Women-Directed Films Win Top Prizes at SXSW

    Kudos to "Fort Tilden" directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers and "The Great Invisible" documentarian Margaret Brown.

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    SXSW: Hulu's 'Deadbeat' Creators Have Advice for Actors, Discuss the Difference between Cable and Digital TV

    Cat Deely, Brandon T. Jackson, and Tyler Labine all attended the world premiere screening of Hulu's new series.

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    SXSW Women Directors: Meet Sarah-Violet Bliss

    An in-depth interview with the co-director of "Fort Bliss," which took home SXSW's top honor yesterday.

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