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SXSW '12 Review: 'Paul Williams: Still Alive' Is A Wonderfully Weird, Surprisingly Moving Tribute To A Forgotten Musical Icon

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 14, 2012 7:15 PM
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Paul Williams mean to you? Does it ring a bell? No? How about these songs: "Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," "Old Fashioned Love Song"? Williams is the legendary singer-songwriter behind those tunes, and a former '70s superstar and personality, who made appearances on just about every variety show, sitcom and talk show during that era of silly decadence. Maybe you know him from his cult classic movie "Phantom of the Paradise." With his diminutive stature, blond bowl cut and ever-present tinted aviators, he's not exactly the most glamorous '70s celeb, but he is one of the most distinctive and beloved by the fans who have managed to remember him through the years.

Chloe Grace Moretz & Rupert Grint Join Aaron Eckhart In Dennis Wilson Biopic 'The Drummer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2012 6:45 PM
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By now you've likely or hopefully heard of not only Dennis Wilson -- the drummer of the Beach Boys and a talented and unique musician in his own right -- but the film biopic based on his life called "The Drummer."

Tony Kaye Says He's Still Editing Long-Lost 'Black Water Transit' Film; Still Plugging Away On Experimental Project 'Lobby Lobster'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 14, 2012 6:11 PM
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Tony Kaye's first film this decade is "Detachment" -- and his follow-up is called "Attachment." Though they're not part of the same story, the two projects are related, the director told The Playlist.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Is LCD Soundsystem’s 'The Last Waltz'

  • By William Goss
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  • March 14, 2012 6:03 PM
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Less of a documentary and more of a document, "Shut Up And Play The Hits" captures the week before, the day after and the very occasion of LCD Soundsystem’s Madison Square Garden farewell concert on April 2, 2011.

Robert Rodriguez Says 'Sin City 2' May Shoot This Summer; Planning Untitled Animated Family Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 5:28 PM
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"Sin City" roared onto screens back in 2005, and ever since then, sequel talk has moved in fits and starts with very little happening. But 2011 saw the most movement in a while, with William Monahan being hired on to finish the script, and Frank Miller teasing that Jessica Alba's character of Nancy Callahan would have a storyline that would thread the two movies together. That start date has remained always shifting or forever elusive, though now, Robert Rodriguez says it might just happen this year.

Concept Art From The Puppet Noir 'The Happytime Murders' That Will Star Katherine Heigl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 5:01 PM
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Puppets? Noir? Katherine Heigl? Yeah, we know, it doesn't compute in our brains either. But if she is what it takes to get this long-gestating and hella ambitious movie off the ground, then fine, we can deal with it.

Draco Malfoy (aka Tom Felton) Joins Tony Kaye's Sexual Thriller 'Attachment' With Sharon Stone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 4:37 PM
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With Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson now firmly moving into their post-'Harry Potter' careers it's now time for the rest of the cast to do the same (we're looking at you, Rupert Grint!). And now, another cast member is making a notable change of pace for his next big screen outing.

Review: 'The Kid With The Bike' Rides Into Trouble, Crashes Into A Savior

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 4:03 PM
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All the books on parenting notwithstanding, it's always been pretty simple: kids not only want love, they need it. And in the latest from Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne that need is amplified into a mellifluous tone of desperation encapsulated in little Cyril (Thomas Doret) the titular 'kid with a bike.' When the film opens Cyril literally can't believe what he's hearing: left by his father in a children's home (it's hinted that his mother is dead), he calls the number he has for his Dad, only to hear that the line is no longer in service. He's told that his father has moved without leaving a forwarding address and, unconvinced, he leaves school one morning to go there himself where he not only finds an empty apartment but learns that his bike is gone as well. With the school counselors on his tail he ducks into a doctor's office and literally crashes into Samantha (Cecile de France, most recently seen by American audiences in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter") and hangs on to her. Surprised, but not fazed, the first words she says to him are, "You can hold me, but not too tight."

Rewind: Watch Lena Dunham's Newly Revived 2007 Web Series ' Tight Shots'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 3:42 PM
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Sorry haters, Lena Dunham has arrived and there's not much you can do stop her. The budding writer/director/actress broke out with "Tiny Furniture" and earned the wrath from dorky The Criterion Collection purists who were galled when the label dared to select her film. But credit to Dunham, who has just soldiered on ignoring the backlash. She went on and teamed up with super producer Judd Apatow, and the result is the upcoming HBO series "Girls," the first three episodes of which completely won over SXSW crowds (we called it "beautiful and brilliant"). So while you wait until April 15th for the show to arrive, you can take a quick trip back in time to see the early work that helped Dunham find her voice.

Contest Giveway: 3 Copies Of Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' DVD Starring Charlize Theron

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 14, 2012 3:25 PM
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If we had to pick one grossly underrated film from 2011, definitely high up on our collective list would be Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." And if we had to pick one criminally undervalued performance from 2011 that deserved to score an Oscar nomination but didn't, Charlize Theron's dark, raw and funny turn in this brilliant and bittersweet picture would be right up there as well. So two pretty strong reasons why you should catch up on this film if you missed it earlier in the year, not to mention we described it in our review as "unflinchingly funny and painful" and gave it an A-grade to boot.

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