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Review: 'Gimme The Loot' Is A Heartfelt But Dull Look At Two Teen Graffiti Artists

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 16, 2012 3:41 PM
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Throughout "Gimme the Loot," you'll ask yourself the following question: why is this movie called "Gimme the Loot?" Then it becomes clear: if the movie were authentically named, it would probably be called "Bomb the Apple," since the two main characters (Tysheeb Hickson and Tashiana R. Washington) are young graffiti artists looking to tag (or "bomb") the giant apple that comes out after players hit a home run at CitiField (formerly Shea Stadium, which it's referred to as here).

SXSW '12: Richard Linklater & Randall Poster Talk Inspirations, Soundtracks & The Songs That Got Away

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 16, 2012 3:20 PM
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Yesterday at the SXSW Film Festival, we sat in on a panel consisting, mostly, of a laid back conversation between filmmaker Richard Linkleter (whose new film, "Bernie," played) and legendary music supervisor Randall Poster (he has two movies in the theaters right now, "Friends with Kids" and "The Vow," he produced the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits" which played SXSW and just picked up an Emmy for his work on Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire"). The two had worked together before, most notably on "School of Rock," and the hour-long chat was breezy and informative, giving off the feeling of two old friends catching up and sharing stories. There is also a fair of prickliness (one of the first things Linkleter groaned was, "That was when they actually put out soundtracks").

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.

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