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    Screenwriters Talk Up, The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up in the Air, Star Trek

    Every writer on this year's annual Santa Barbara Film Festival "It Starts with a Script" panel wrote a screenplay that was personal, on some level--even Up writer-director Pete Docter and Star Trek's Alex Kurtzman. And they all mixed up their genres, too.

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    Berlinale 60 Day One: Apart Together, Backless Zellweger

    Intrepid San Francisco film and food writer Meredith Brody will be filing daily reports from the Berlin International Film Festival (as will indieWIRE, which picks 20 films to watch). Here's diary number one:

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    Berlin Film Fest: Universal Reclaims International Production for UPI

    A year after Universal merged its international production group and Focus Films International, the studio is moving Christian Grass's division back under Universal and naming Grass UPI's president of international production and acquisitions, reporting to new UPI president and president of internat...

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    SXSW Lures Panel Speakers Michel Gondry, Quentin Tarantino, David Gordon Green

    Between March 12 and 20th, Austin's SXSW Film Fest will mount some 80 film panels featuring guests such as Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Pixar exec Susan Bradley, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards), who is speaking on a genre ...

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    Santa Barbara Film Fest Panels, Up in the Air Wins Scripter Award

    Sometimes I find myself covering so many things that I don't write about them right away. A case in point: my weekend trip to Santa Barbara. I'm still writing up the Sandra Bullock tribute and haven't transcribed my writers panel, which went well even without Quentin Tarantino, who did turn up the f...

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    Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells

    It was a ten-year journey for animator Tomm Moore, who was as shocked as anyone when, after submitting his first feature The Secret of Kells at the last possible minute, the 95% hand-drawn film earned an Annie nomination (the only indie film to do so) followed by an Oscar nomination for best animat...

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    Santa Barbara Film Fest: Opener, Bullock, Cameron, Panels

    I'm in Santa Barbara for its 25th film fest: 196 films, 18 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres and a program from 45 countries. The festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 14. Per usual, I'm ensconced in a twee bungalow at the Simpson House--sweet muffins on arrival, Laura Ashley decor, fringed pillows an...

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    Sundance Watch: Relativity/Rogue Grabs Catfish

    While Paramount did screen Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's Catfish for a recruited preview on Tuesday night, they did not seal a deal Wednesday. Instead, scooping up U.S., Canada and UK distribution rights to the movie was Relativity's Rogue label (the old Focus Features genre label that they bough...

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    SXSW Unveils Line-Up

    The nine-day film SXSW film fest opens March 12 with the world premiere of Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, starring Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who will all attend a Conversation panel at the SXSW Film Conference, along with the comic's writers, Mark Millar and John S....

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    #Sundance: Abel's Diego Luna is Director Discovery of Fest

    Of the three actor-directors who made their feature filmmaking debuts at this year's Sundance, it looks like Mark Ruffalo (Sympathy for Delicious) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating) can keep their day jobs. But Mexican star Diego Luna, with the magical family drama Abel, is the director ...

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