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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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    #Sundance: Mark Lewis Gets Down with 3-D Cane Toads

    With 1988's Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, Australian documentary filmmaker Mark Lewis (The Natural History of the Chicken) introduced Sundance audiences to the cane toad--an amphibian imported Down Under in 1935 to control sugar cane larvae. Of course, the cane toad did nothing of the kind, and...

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    #Sundance: Aamir Khan Talks 3 Idiots, May Release Peepli Live Himself

    How strange that I should land my first interview with my favorite Bollywood star, Aamir Khan, at Sundance. That's because he came to town as the producer of an indie political satire, Peepli Live, which is the first film from India to be accepted at Sundance-- in the world cinema competition...

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    #Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story

    Harvey Weinstein, who has been ubiquitous at Sundance, has finally bagged a big catch: Derek Cianfrance's $5-million Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple on the rocks. As Disney closed the doors Friday on the Weinsteins' old company Miramax (named after the...

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    #Sundance: Cholodenko Talks The Kids Are All Right

    On Wednesday, as the LAT breathlessly reported that the Focus Features deal to acquire The Kids Are All Right for $3.5 million was virtually closed, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko was insisting that deal points were still outstanding.

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    #Sundance: Gosling, Cianfrance Talk Blue Valentine

    One of the hits of Sundance 2010, Blue Valentine will sell, eventually, and be seen around the country. It features two of the best performances of the year, from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple who are no longer in a working marriage. Writer-director Derek Cianfrance seamlessly weave...

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    #Sundance: Winterbottom Defends The Killer Inside Me

    It's a director's worst nightmare. The night of your world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the first questioner from the audience is an outraged woman: "I don't understand how Sundance could book this movie," she said. "How dare you? How dare Sundance?"

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