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    SXSW: "I Don't Think It's Too Horrific" & More Learned From 'Attack The Block' Director Joe Cornish

    By all accounts, it's been a remarkably strong SXSW festival so far, with a number of films picking up extremely positive buzz, or adding to the buzz that was already behind them. First and foremost among them was "Attack the Block." We've been looking forward to Joe Cornish's directorial debut ever...

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    Exclusive: Neil Burger Talks 'Limitless,' Working With Robert De Niro & Making Mid-Budgeted Sci-Fi

    With only four film deep into his career, filmmaker Neil Burger has been amassing a varied body of work. So far he's done mystical period drama ("The Illusionist"), a pseudo docum-drama about who killed JFK ("Interview With The Assassin"), an post Iraq War indie drama ("The Lucky Ones"), and now his...

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    SXSW: Greg Mottola Talks His Adaptation Of The Charlie Kaufman-Like 'Important Artifacts'

    It doesn't get more high profile than Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman attaching themselves to star and produce a film, but when both actors put their names to the adaptation of Leanne Shapton's "Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including...

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    Cary Fukunaga Talks His Horror/Romance Take On 'Jane Eyre' With Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikoska

    Indie Filmmaker Also Discusses His Gestating Musical With Owen Pallett, His African Civil War Drama 'Beasts Of No Nation,' & His Good Filmmaking Fortune So FarExclusive: Delighting fans of period romance everywhere -- and kids who can't be bothered with even the Cliffs Notes of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel --"Jane Eyre" is making another appearance on screen. But rather than coming from a predictably English pedigree, the 2011 Focus Features version arrives from the seemingly unlikely source of Cary Fukunaga, a young American director with a single feature to his name, 2009's gritty immigration thriller "Sin Nombre." Fukunaga went young...

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    Neil Burger Doesn't Know What's Next, But Says His 'The Criminals' Script Is Gaining Buzz

    'Limitless' Director Says He Has Several Projects To Choose From & The Bradley Cooper/De Niro Sci-Fi Film Is Opening DoorsExclusive: Eclectic filmmaker Neil Burger has gone from pseudo-documentary ("Interview With The Assassin"), to period-drama ("The Illusionist" with Ed Norton), to smaller indie, ...

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    Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul On 'Uncle Boonme,' Steven Spielberg, 'Inception' & More

    Exclusive: Despite this writer’s undying love for the man and his films (actually, to be completely melodramatic and corny, “Syndromes and a Century” was a life changer), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work is not intended for mass audiences, and some of his pictures even leave the hardest cinephiles s...

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    Interview: Kim Ji-woon Talks Emotional Core Of 'I Saw The Devil' And The Influence Of 'Zodiac'

    Exclusive: Last week we ran a bit of news concerning Kim Ji-woon’s gestating Hollywood debut “The Last Stand” with new-fangled/old-bodied action star Liam Neeson, also spilling the beans on an early personal project the filmmaker is working on himself. Here’s the rest of our interview, in which the director discusses his chilling thriller “I Saw the Devil.” We reviewed the film during Sundance and it’s an early best of the year, an unforgettable account of human nature at its ugliest. In our conversation, Kim speaks of the emotional core he was interested in, plus the different layers to the title and his affection for David Fincher’s “Zodiac...

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    'Gnomeo & Julet' Director Kelly Asbury Talks the Narrative Quality of Elton John Songs

    Plus: His Take on the Nearly Endless Development Process & Why Everyone Gets Uptight About the Movie's EnglishnessDisney and Rocket Films' "Gnomeo & Juliet," opening nationwide this Friday, has had a storied production history that could be its own compelling film. The story of star-crossed lawn ornaments was set up as a joint Disney/Rocket Films production in the first part of the aughts, under the supervision of "Beauty and the Beast" co-director Gary Trousdale, with Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor attached (they're now replaced by Emily Blunt and James McAvoy). The project fell apart, only to regain steam and be cut down again when Pixar's...

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    Interview: Lee Chang-dong Talks 'Poetry,' How 'Avatar' Affected Him, An 'Oasis' Remake & More

    Former teacher, novelist, and minister of Culture and Tourism in South Korea, Lee Chang-dong has an extensive resume that extends far beyond cinema. That said, he is most well-known for his film output, with Venice and Cannes awarding him top prizes for the brilliant "Oasis" and "Secret Sunshine" (finally released through IFC last December). Lee's 2010 effort "Poetry" was no different, garnering a well-deserved Best Screenplay award at Cannes, celebrating the Korean director's ability to tackle many subjects with elegance and unwavering beauty. Granted, a first viewing was a bit overwhelming, but subsequent ones display the man's expertise in...

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    How Ben Foster Was Lured Into 'The Mechanic': Do You Want To Blow Up Stuff With Jason Statham?

    When "The Mechanic" was released in 1972, starring Charles Bronson as a professional hitman named Arthur Bishop and Jan-Michael Vincent as his protégé, Steve McKenna, the world of professional killers hadn’t yet become a staple of American cinema. In the almost four decades since, that is far from t...

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