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Exclusive: 4 Pics From Lukas Haas Drama 'Meth Head' Plus Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 2:36 PM
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The journey from child to adult actor can be tricky, but Lukas Haas has navigated the path quite well. First making a name for himself as the young man who starred opposite Harrison Ford in "Witness," Haas has emerged as a strong supporting player in recent years, taking roles in films as diverse as "Red Riding Hood," "Inception" and "Contraband." But he's going to be showing a whole other side in the forthcoming "Meth Head," where he takes the lead in a gritty, grimy drama.

Exclusive: Clip From SXSW Drama 'In Our Nature' Starring Jena Malone, John Slattery & Gabrielle Union Plus Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 2:05 PM
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The pleasure of a film festival is sitting in the dark and watching unexpected talent come together, in interesting ways, in films that buck the trends and templates coming out of Hollywood. Director Brian Savelson has made such a film, assembling an unlikely but promising bunch of players including "Mad Men" star John Slattery, indie darling Jena Malone, "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford and Gabrielle Union for his debut, the drama "In Our Nature."

New 'Game Of Thrones' Trailer; AMC Accidentally Spoils 'The Walking Dead'; 'Terra Nova' Canceled & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 6, 2012 1:17 PM
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Several pleasant surprises and upsets are making their way throughout the television community, so let’s get things started.

Review: 'Convento' Is An Intriguing & Moving Look At Art And Life

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 6, 2012 1:05 PM
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The Zwanikken clan story is not your Daddy’s family tales. Back in 1980 Geraldine and Kees (ballerina and photographer respectively) needed a creative spark to their battery, and together with their two children (Christiaan and Louis) they abandoned Holland for a decrepit convent in a remote Portuguese village, rebuilding the monastery as both a home and workshop for their varying endeavors. Situated between two rivers, the building's water wheel was put back to use and the land was soon fit to live off. Their work in art continued, with Christiaan following in their footsteps (unlike his sibling, Louis, a quieter lad who enjoys giving tours around the compound and writing poetry) in a unique way -- using junk electronics and the skeletons of long-gone animals, the deceased creature is reborn mechanically and controlled by computers, ranging from a donkey that moves water between two points and a bird that sings eerie tunes. This work has been part of various exhibitions all over the world, and the "biomechanoid zoologist" splits his time between the convent and studios in both Amsterdam and NYC.

'Sherlock Holmes' Star Paul Anderson Joins Brian De Palma's 'Passion'; Composer Pino Dinaggio Reunites With Helmer

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 12:24 PM
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There's Paul W.S. Anderson of 'Resident Evil' fame, and there's renowned helmer Paul Thomas Anderson. But we'll now have to throw in another Paul Anderson to the mix -- this time without a middle name or initials. The little-known actor is probably best recognized as Colonel Sebastien Moran in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" and has set up a reunion with his leading ladies on that film, Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, booking a role on Brian De Palma's "Passion."

'The Girl' With Abbie Cornish, 'Jack And Diane,' Harmony Korine's Short 'The Fourth Dimension' & More Head To Tribeca

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 12:08 PM
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SXSW kicks off later this week, but once you're done slurping the BBQ sauce off your fingers, pack your backs and head north to Manhattan, as the Tribeca Film Festival is gearing up to unspool in April. To whet cinephile appetites, organizers have dropped the lineup for the World Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Feature Competition and Viewpoints categories, and there are plenty of titles to take note of.

Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 6, 2012 12:04 PM
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Thanks to the hard-working welcoming committee of Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," we are at first introduced to a white wall, where cracks and stains abound. Two young women, Marina (Ariane Labed) and Bella (Evangelina Randou, "Kinetta") dip into the frame, briefly conversing before launching into an unattractive and aggressive tongue union. They detach, with Bella asking if Marina would like to continue her lesson -- but the student claims to no longer have any "spit left." Smelling bullshit from a mile away, Bella teases her but is unsuccessful in her attempt to persuade her friend to resume education. Instead, they get on all fours and act like animals, swiping at one another before finally walking out of the shot. We're left, again, with that bland wall, only now the camera has pulled out a bit further to reveal some small windows and not-particularly-healthy grass. Only one question remains in our heads -- what the hell are the independent Greek filmmakers smoking?

Sony Hires 'RoboCop,' IFC Midnight Infested By 'Grabbers,' Cinedigm & New Video Team For 'The Invisible War'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 6, 2012 11:43 AM
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Right then. Now seems as good a time as ever to round up a few distribution deals that have been done.

Melanie Laurent To Star In New Adaptation Of 'Letter From An Unknown Woman' By Christian Carion

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 11:22 AM
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"Inglourious Basterds" and "Beginners" made her a star stateside, but it looks like French thespian Melanie Laurent is returning home for her next project. The actress has signed on to Christian Carion's new adaptation of Stefan Zweig's "Letter From An Unknown Woman," a novel that was adapted once before with acclaim by Max Ophuls.

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Reportedly Won't Be Ready For Release Until At Least December 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 11:11 AM
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...and the wait continues. Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" continues to build with all the mystery and delays of a Terrence Malick-worthy production. Not much has been seen of the film save for a few stills and a recently released teaser trailer (that is almost identical to one we saw last year). And as we figured, any chances of the movie showing up at Cannes are a pipe dream.

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