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So 'Mortal Instruments' With Lily Collins Happening After All, 'Karate Kid' Helmer Harald Zwart To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 2:40 PM
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It seems that more projects coming back to life. With "The Dark Tower" and "Arthur and Lancelot" headed to the big screen once again thanks to Warner Bros. earlier this week, another project thought left for dead last month is now back, alive and kicking.

'Welcome To People' Is Now 'People Like Us'; Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde-Led Thriller Retitled 'Deadfall'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 16, 2012 2:25 PM
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Alex Kurtzman is best known as one half of the blockbuster-scripting duo with Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek"), but last year, he ventured out solo making his directorial debut with a family dramedy known as "Welcome To People." Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer, the project is one we're keen to check out, but we'll now have to look for a different title on box office screens with the DreamWorks pic now going by "People Like Us."

Ethan Hawke & Pawel Pawlikowski Reteam For 'Epic'; Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lambert & Chulpan Khamatova Also Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 16, 2012 1:59 PM
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After combining talents for "The Woman On the Fifth," Ethan Hawke and Paris-based Polish helmer Pawel Pawlikowski are set to reunite once more for a gentle black comedy about the making of a film with Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lambert and Russian thesp Chulpan Khamatova also on board.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Bay Of All Saints' An Honest Exploration Of The Communities Of The Waterfront Slums In Brazil

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 16, 2012 1:43 PM
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Winner of of the Documentary Feature Audience Award at SXSW, "Bay of All Saints," directed by Annie Eastman, is an affecting little gem of a documentary, a look inside a world very different from our own, in the waterfront slums of Bahia, Brazil. These slums aren't so much waterfront as they are in the water, shacks made of salvaged planks and stilts, swaying in an ocean of garbage. Known as palafitas, people have been creating homes there for 60 years, filling in the sea underneath their houses with bags of trash; creating land with refuse where there was none and then claiming it as their own.

Brett Ratner Eyes Directing Adaptation Of 'I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 1:23 PM
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You know, we give Brett Ratner a lot of heat around here -- and he can certainly make it easy -- but in the case of "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution," this is actually a project perfectly suited for the producer and director.

SXSW '12: 'Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots' Is An Explosive Chronicle of A Pivotal Moment In Our Nation's History

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 16, 2012 1:21 PM
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"Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots" gets right to the point, starting off with a bang, or perhaps a police baton to the face, as Rodney King walks down the stretch of highway where his notorious beating took place, reenacting that fateful night. The film, produced by VH1 Rock Docs and directed by Mark Ford, tells the story of the 1992 LA riots, using stunning archival footage and interviews with people who were there. It also draws the connection between the riots and the gangsta rap of the time, featuring N.W.A., Ice Cube and Ice T as both the poets and prophets of this outburst of rage and destruction. Fittingly, it's narrated by Snoop Dogg, who found his success in the wake of the riot. The film is an explosive, blistering analysis of this historic event in American history, viewed through the lens of hindsight 20 years later.

Discuss: Are 3D Re-Releases For 'Titanic' & 'Jurassic Park' Just The Tip Of The Nostalgia Iceberg?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2012 1:04 PM
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Yesterday, Universal announced that they'd shifted their hopeful Tom Cruise blockbuster "Oblivion" into April, to make way for a prime, heart-of summer slot for a movie that will be twenty years old in 2013 -- a 3D re-jig of Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," the one-time biggest hits of all time. And it's one of a wave of these stereo-ized re-releases, from last fall's surprise hit "The Lion King" and February's "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" (with the sequels planned to hit over the next five years) to next month's "Titanic 3D."

Viggo Mortensen Says "The Best Teacher Is Experience" In New 'On The Road' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 12:46 PM
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The long wait is over, and with an official trailer finally here, and a Cannes premiere almost a certainty at this point considering it hits theaters in France in the midst of the fest, the marketing push for "On The Road" is now begining in earnest, and a new poster has arrived.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Girls Against Boys' Is A Feminist (But All-Too-Familiar) Revenge Tale

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 16, 2012 12:42 PM
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One of the more interesting aspects of this year's SXSW Film Festival is how it opened with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's barbed horror deconstruction "Cabin in the Woods" and then, for much of the rest of the festival, was content with showing movies that reiterated all the bad habits and hoary clichés that "Cabin in the Woods" so effortlessly lampooned. (This includes everything from the failed Clive Owen ghost story "Intruders" to the endlessly misogynistic "V/H/S.") It was like starting the festival with a documentary about the quagmire in Iraq and then showing a bunch of movies celebrating combat. And while "Girls Against Boys" (which was just picked up by Anchor Bay, which more or less assures its destiny as cult darling) doesn't totally succeed in its lofty goals, it is one of the more enjoyable entries in the festival, if only because it at least attempts to tease out meaning and subversion in a slate dominated by the same old shit.

SXSW '12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind 'Girls' Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 16, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the past decade, SXSW has turned into one of the countries most exciting showcases for feature films and shorts as well as the programs for music and interactive. So consider this something of a milestone that one of the most exciting premieres to take place at the Paramount Theatre this year was not a film at all but the first three episodes of a new HBO series. The event was the first time the cable juggernaut had utilized the festival as a showcase for one of its shows and though one might have guessed a sneak peek of the new season of their fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would be an easy lay for the geek-centric crowd, instead the network decided to put their big promotional push towards “Girls,” a new comedy from writer/director/star Lena Dunham. This actually makes sense because Dunham premiered her first two features at the fest which included her breakout, “Tiny Furniture,” which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature. "Girls" revolves around the relationships between 4 college friends - Hannah (Dunham), her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), hipster princess Jessa (Jemimi Kirke), virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) - and their trials and tribulations working, dating and living in NYC.

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