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Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' The Opening Film For SXSW; Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Will Also Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
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Sundance isn't even here yet and already we're smelling the BBQ of Austin. The SXSW Film Festival is just a couple of months away, and to get your appetite (for movies) stirring, organizers have announced the first batch of films making their way to Texas.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Robopocalypse' Will Be Set 15-20 Years In The Future, Center On Man Vs. Machine War

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 12, 2012 2:55 PM
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Now that the dust has settled on the hectic holiday movie-going season, we can look back at the successes and failures, and honor the films that made it out alive (and with respectable box office grosses). Among those titles were two hotly anticipated projects from the bearded one himself, Steven Spielberg. While neither “The Adventures of Tintin” or “War Horse” blew the competition out of the water (though to be fair 'Tintin' never had a shot at duplicating its overseas success stateside), both films proved that the legendary Hollywood wunderkind is still operating at the height of his powers despite perceived flaws in either film.

DGA Doc Nominees Give Some Love To 'The Interrupters'; Martin Scorsese, James Marsh & More Tipped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 2:04 PM
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Every year, it seems the documentary branch of the Academy goes out of their way to embarass themselves, and this year is no exception. When the shortlist for the Oscar nominees landed back in November, it was arguably more notable for what was left off the list than what was included. A number of high profile, well reviewed films -- Errol Morris' "Tabloid," "Being Elmo: A Pupeteer's Journey," Werner Hezog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life," "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "Senna" -- didn't make the cut, but luckily the DGA have righted some of those wrongs.

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Side Effects' Aiming For March 2013 Release; Compares 'Magic Mike' To Robert Altman-Style Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 1:43 PM
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Exclusive: "Haywire" is set to hit theaters in just over a week, "Magic Mike" will land in cinemas this summer, and Steven Soderbergh will spend 2012 shooting two movies: the long-developing Liberace biopic "Behind The Candelabra" and, this spring, the thriller "The Side Effects." So needless to say, Steven Soderbergh is busy, and when we sat down to talk with him today, he told us that's just how he likes it.

College Humor Move Into Features With 'Coffee Town,' Starring Vets Of 'It's Always Sunny...,' 'Eastbound & Down' & 'Parks & Rec'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 1:00 PM
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The comedy world got a little bit of a kick in the ass with the coming of the web era, thanks to websites like Funny or Die, which have enabled big stars to team up with emerging writing and directing talent, providing an important foothold into the industry for many, and plenty of laughs for the rest of us. Funny Or Die have already made many inroads into other media, thanks to an HBO compilation show, and now rival CollegeHumor Media looks to get in on the act by financing and producing their first feature film.

'Fat Girl' Director Catherine Breillat Teams With Isabelle Huppert For Autobiographical 'Abus De Faiblesse'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:40 PM
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There can be few actresses as uncompromising as Isabelle Huppert. The French star has, across a forty year career, consistently sought out tough roles from international auteurs, while even her rare American appearances have, aside from a WTF appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," tended to be in difficult, flawed pictures like "Heaven's Gate" and "I Heart Huckabees."

James Franco Somehow Finds Ten Minutes In His Schedule To Play Legendary Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe For 'DiG' Director Ondi Timoner

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:20 PM
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To say that James Franco is a busy man is like saying that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" could have used a more charismatic human lead. Franco is a screenwriter, a director, an awards host, a poet, a novelist, a soap star, a perpetual grad student, an artist, an experimental chef, a glass blower, a human statue, a viola player, a mad scientist, a tree surgeon and an astronaut, but still somehow finds time to appear in several films a year, from blockbusters like next year's "Oz The Great and Powerful" to indies like "Lovelace," in which he'll cameo as Hugh Hefner.

Review: The Choir Of 'Joyful Noise' Preaches To Itself

  • By William Goss
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  • January 12, 2012 12:00 PM
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Your friend and mine Roger Ebert has often said that the matter isn’t what a movie is about, but rather how it is about it. "Joyful Noise" is ostensibly about a small-town Georgia church choir competing against others in a nationwide gospel competition. It’s about a dying town in need of some community pride. It’s about the newly named leader of said choir battling with the widow of her recently deceased predecessor. It’s about that widow’s recently arrived and perpetually restless teenage grandson. It’s also about an all-but-single mother caring for both a son with Asperger’s and a daughter interested in all the wrong boys while their father, her husband, is enlisted in the military. It’s also somehow about a choir member who unfortunately earns a reputation on the gospel circuit for killing the men with which she lays. And it is about all of these things poorly.
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Emma Roberts Reportedly Bails On Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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Considering she's the Nickelodeon-series leading scion of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts has been laudable in her desire to mix it up a bit. Of course, there were the early teen vehicles, like "Aquamarine," "Wild Child" and "Hotel For Dogs," but she's also mixed up her Hollywood fare like "Scream 4" with theoretically more interesting indie films, like "Lymelife," "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By." We can't say we've been huge fans of any of them, but it at least shows a desire to be something other than America's next sweetheart. 

Watch: NSFW French Trailer For 'The Players,' Re-team Of 'The Artist' Director & Star Michel Hazanavicius & Jean Dujardin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 11:25 AM
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Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 

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