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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW Review: Frighteningly Dull 'Haunter' Missing Vincenzo Natali's Usual Edge & Inventiveness

    Vincenzo Natali is one of those genre filmmakers who has the rare ability to inspire loyalty in his small but vocal fan base by maintaining an aura of utter fearlessness. The director of ingenious, high concept doodles like "Cube," "Cypher," and, most importantly, the envelope pushing, outrageously ...

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    SXSW Review: '12 O'Clock Boys' Captures the Danger and the Beauty of Baltimore's Urban Dirt Bikers

    The first time we see the group of mostly young adult dirt bikers cruising down the streets of lower class Baltimore neighborhoods in "12 O'Clock Boys," the speed and intensity of their risky, unauthorized stunt work has been translated into poetry: Pitching backwards in slo-mo as they point to the ...

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    SXSW 2013: 'Bellflower' Producer Grashaw Talks Directorial Debut 'Coldwater'

    Vincent Grashaw produced, edited and acted in SXSW's 2010 hit "Bellflower," written, directed and starring his fellow Coatwolf Productions pal Evan Glodell. Now he's back in Austin with "Coldwater," his feature directorial debut, which he also co-wrote. The testosterone-fueled drama centers on a tee...

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    Director Fede Alvarez Says 'Evil Dead 2' Script Already Being Written; SXSW Reactions Mixed To New Remake

    People really seem to want more "Evil Dead." Fans flipped when creator/director Sam Raimi said (and then later recanted) that a "Evil Dead 4" was in the works, and the remake of the original just played SXSW last night. We'll have a review of our own later in the day, but reactions for SXSW see...

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    SXSW Opens with Raucous 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

    The SXSW Film Festival's opening night has been the terrain of celebrity-infused audience-pleasers from "Kick-Ass" to "The Cabin In the Woods" and this year played to a seemingly winning formula. Friday evening, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde took to the stage at the Paramount Theater in ...

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    Exclusive: Does Size Matter? Clip From SXSW Cockumentary 'Unhung Hero' Asks The Question

    So, here's the eternal question: does size matter? Ladies, is it important what your guys are packing or just how they use it? Dudes, are you confident with what god gave you down there? It's a discussion as old as time, but one nervy filmmaker is using his own undersized story to try and get a fina...

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    Exclusive: Poster For SXSW Psychological Thriller 'Holy Ghost People' Plus Trailer

    The ribs are being basted, the kegs are getting cooled, and the projectors are getting one last wipe of the lens as the SXSW Film Festival kicks off today. And while you already known the high profile movies that will unspooling, there are plenty more in the packed schedule not only jostling for att...

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    Exclusive: Images From SXSW Doc On Branson, Missouri 'We Always Lie To Strangers' Plus Trailer

    For a certain generation, their only knowledge of Branson, Missouri may be from a quip by Bart Simpson who once said that Homer described it as "Las Vegas if it was run by Ned Flanders." Indeed, known for its own brand of colorful nightlife and entertainment, the city is far from a punchline, and ha...

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    Picking Our Favorites From the Last Five Years of SXSW

    Before the on-the-ground dispatches from SXSW 2013 begin, we take a look at our favorite recommendations from each of the last five years of the festival.

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    Watch: SXSW World Premiere 'Snap' Teaser Traps Jake Hoffman and Nikki Reed in a Malevolent Dubstep Underworld

    "Snap" stars Jake Hoffman (son of Dustin Hoffman) as a mentally unstable dubstep savant who becomes obsessed with social worker Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and quickly unravels to menacing proportions. The psychological thriller is co-directed by Youssef Delara ("Filly Brown") and Victor Teran, and has ...

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