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    SXSW: Early Reviews of Bridesmaids, Starring Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph

    Universal tried to bring Office director Paul Feig and writer-actress Kristin Wiig's dumb-female comedy Bridesmaids (May 13) to SXSW as a work-in-progress, but as soon as the director admitted that it was a final cut from the Paramount stage Sunday night, Variety critic Joe Leydon whipped out his ti...

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    Pilot Casting: Sevigny for Lizzie Borden, Drescher Happily Divorced, Chenoweth's Christian Bitches

    - Several actresses are lining up TV pilots. Chloe Sevigny, of Big Love (which is winding up its final fifth season run on HBO), is attached to star in an HBO miniseries, reports Variety, about the infamous Lizzie Borden (pictured, 1890), to be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone.

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    Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie: Ferrell says “You Can’t Put A Price on Creative Excellence"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights for Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. The film is a co-production between 2929 Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions and Funny or Die Films. It is the feature film debut (as writer-producer-directors) of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the Tim and Eri...

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    FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL: Star Denied Entry into USA for SXSW Premiere

    Dean "Deaner" Murdock (Paul J. Spence), the Canadian star of FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL has been denied entry into the US for SXSW, where the film is having its stateside premiere Monday at 9:30 pm. He is one half of the head-banging duo profiled in the film. The other half, Terry Cahill (David Lawren...

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    San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will open April 21 at the Castro Theatre with Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which stars sexy couple Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Christopher Plummer in rare form as a gay man fig...

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    Potiche Early Reviews: Delicious French Feminist Comedy

    A fest favorite at Venice, François Ozon's feminist comedy Potiche (New York and LA, March 24, followed by a national release), stars a comedic Catherine Deneuve as a 70s trophy wife who takes over her husband’s umbrella factory while he is away and loves it so much that she tries to take it back fr...

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    Development Watch: Oscar Contenders at Work: Eisenberg & Leo, Brolin & Burton, Tarantino & Waltz

    - With the award season wrapped, Oscar nominees and winners can get back to work. This summer, Best Actor nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa "F-Word" Leo will shoot Predisposed, an independent comedy about a drug-addict mom and her son, set on the day of his interview at Julliard and her enlistment in rehab, where she must arrive intoxicated in order to be admitted without health insurance. This is not a new role for Leo: a short of the same name went to Sundance in 2009. Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) wrote the script, and while Dorling directed the short, Nyswaner will direct the feature. 30 R...

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    Weekend Box Office: Gnomeo & Juliet Elves Bash Cage's Drive Angry 3D and Farrelly's Hall Pass

    Animated holdover Gnomeo & Juliet surged ahead of yet another set of weak openers as the box office continues in the doldrums.(Here's our six reasons why.) See weekend trailers and Top Ten Box Office Chart below. Anthony D'Alessandro has the numbers:A band of CGI elves had the last laugh as Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet stole the box office with $14.2 million, kicking former marquee champs, the Farrelly Brothers and Nicolas Cage, in the groin. The Farrelly’s Hall Pass, distributed by Warner Bros./New Line, slid to second with a $13.4 million three-day after showing signs of a No. 1 win on Friday with $4.6 million.  Summit Entertainment’s Cage head...

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    Ubiquitous James Franco Lines Up More Projects Than He Can Possibly Deliver

    Riding the award season whirlwind is Oscar nominee and co-host James Franco. The perpetual student is all over the Oscars, Facebook, Twitter and Funny or Die, but going forward he can't be everywhere he'd like to be. We assemble a list below of an impossible number of projects to keep him busy for a...

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    Production Watch: Carell Goes Dramatic; Thurman, Biel & Butler Mix Their Genres

    Steve Carell announced that he was leaving The Office last June. Since then, his two films, Dinner for Schmucks and Date Night--neither of which broke $100 million at the domestic box office -- took a back seat to animated Despicable Me ($251.5 million domestic, $528 million worldwide). His transition into movie-stardom is less of a sure thing than his The Office character Michael Scott. Anne Thompson examined his career last August and concluded that, like many great comedians, "the trick has been making the near-impossible transition from dundering guffaw-getter to leading man…Carell knows how to make moviegoers split their sides laughing; ...

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