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    SXSW Review: 'Veronica Mars' Starring Kristen Bell

    The mere existence of a "Veronica Mars" movie seems downright miraculous in and of itself. This was a beloved but barely viewed cult television series that aired on the now-defunct UPN for three unceremonious seasons before being banished to the illusory land of "canceled before its time." Years aft...

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    SXSW Review: ‘The Heart Machine’ Starring Kate Lyn Sheil & John Gallagher Jr.

    As more tools, apps, devices and iProducts emerge to ease the struggles of modern existence, the manifestations of each invention come with unforeseen consequences. And as such, as the digital age progresses, the complexities of intimacy, relationships and sex are increased. While the stigma of onli...

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    Lawmaker Urges SXSW to Cancel Edward Snowden Talk

    Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is urging organizers of SXSW to cancel its planned Edward Snowden talk.

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    SXSW Opener, Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

    Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after party.

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    SXSW Review: Can We Cure Aging? Absorbing Doc 'The Immortalists' Wants to Know

    At an early point in David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s absorbing documentary and SXSW premiere “The Immortalists,” theoretical biologist Aubrey de Grey, who sports a beard of wizardly proportions, says, “I don’t want to end up here.” The “here” he speaks of so dismissively is a graveyard.

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    Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

    On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'

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    SXSW Women Directors: Meet Catherine Gund

    "She just hasn't yet made the machine that will catapult her, or more likely, her dancers that far. But she has coerced a dancer/body into falling from 30 feet up in the air."

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    SXSW Exclusive: 'The Possibilities Are Endless' For Edwyn Collins In Clip From Documentary

    You likely know Edwyn Collins as the British pop star who was part of the '80s outfit Orange Juice and rode up the charts with a solo career that included the 1994 hit single "A Girl Like You." What you may not know is how the singer came to the brink of death, nearly lost the memory of everything h...

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    SXSW Deal Watch: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group Picks Up 'Space Station 76'

    Just ahead of its Saturday premiere in the SXSW Visions section, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) have acquired all international rights on writer-director Jack Plotnick's comedy 'Space Station 76.' The film stars Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and "2001: A Space Odyssey" star Keir Dullea.

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    SXSW Review: Creepy Midnight Movie 'Honeymoon' Starring Harry Treadaway & Rose Leslie

    The body-snatching subgenre of horror and science fiction is a particularly pliable one that can serve any number of purposes. This is the genre in which some kind of invading force, usually from beyond the stars, comes to Earth and starts taking over human hosts. It's a profoundly chilling thought:...

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