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    #SXSW: Rodriguez, Brody, Antal Talk Predators, Spy Kids 4

    It was a smart move for Fox to hand over the reins to FX whiz Robert Rodriguez on a Predator sequel. He promised to deliver them a $45-million movie--modest, for an action sequel--which he wrote and produced at his Austin Troublemaker Studios (with location shoots in Hawaii) with Nimrod Antal (Kontr...

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    #SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

    You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look right...

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    #SXSW: True Crime Meets Cold Weather

    Well, I checked out writer-director Aaron Katz's third film Cold Weather to see what the fuss was all about.

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    #SXSW: MacGruber Panel, Trailer

    MacGruber cost just $10 million, a micro budget for a Universal release starring Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Will Forte, Seth Meyers, Powers Boothe and Kristin Wiig. The gang stopped by the IFC House Tuesday for a Matt Singer interview and photo shoot.

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    #SXSW: Tiny Furniture, Brotherhood Win Dramatic Jury and Audience Awards

    At the SXSW closing awards ceremony Tuesday night, Lena Dunham's offbeat autobiographical drama Tiny Furniture won the narrative feature jury prize. Shot in November and edited in December, the filmmakers finished the micro-budget drama last Monday, and flew into Austin with a tape in hand. Dunham a...

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    #SXSW: Gore-Epic Centurion Makes World Debut

    Monday night I squeezed into the last seat at Fantastic Fest's midnight surprise screening of Neil "The Descent" Marshall's Romans vs. Picts epic Centurion at the Alamo Draft House.

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    #SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania

    Michael Gondry is a marvel--and I would have loved a longer chat than this flip-cam quickie, which skates across his SXSW doc The Thorn in the Heart, about his school teacher aunt Suzette, who the family used to visit deep in the country in the summer. He wanted partly to capture a vanishing world.

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    SXSW: CMG Buys Foreign Rights to Brotherhood

    Foreign sales company Cinema Management Group has acquired all rights outside America for Will Canon’s college thriller Brotherhood, which premiered at SXSW Saturday night. The film began ten years ago as Canon's NYU short film Roslyn. He co-wrote Brotherhood, about a frat initiation ritual gone w...

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    #SXSW: First Hit is Cold Weather

    At the SXSW opening night party, Jason Reitman showed me the trailer (below) for Aaron Katz's third feature Cold Weather on his iPhone. Reitman was psyched to see it, and I was intrigued, but it was up against Michel Gondry's Cannes doc Thorn in My Heart, which I needed to see in order to interview ...

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    #SXSW Perfect Venue for Kick-Ass

    SXSW has a casual young, male vibe. At the Kick-Ass opener, the fest's Janet Pierson and director Matthew Vaughn were both wearing jeans and sneakers. So it makes sense SXSW was perfect venue for Kick-Ass, which has a primarily young male --and less female-- appeal. It's a nasty hard-R super-hero sp...

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