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'Take This Waltz,' '2 Days in New York,' 'Chicken With Plums,' & 'Lola Versus' Added To 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up

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  • March 8, 2012 2:07 PM
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A new big batch of films have been added to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival line-up, and while there aren't a lot of big premieres in the bunch, there's a lot to catch up with for those of you (and us) who didn't attend TIFF 2011, Sundance 2012, etc. etc.

No More Mr. Nice Guy: 'Bridesmaids' Star Chris O'Dowd Talks Being Bad In 'Friends With Kids,' 'This Is 40' & 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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Anyone who crushed on Chris O'Dowd in "Bridesmaids" -- you know who you are -- might rethink things when they see the Irish actor in some of the new films he has in the pipeline. First up is his role as underachieving husband to Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," in which the couple watches hopefully as two of their pals (played by writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) pair up for a breeders variation of the "friends with benefits" theme. Meanwhile, a married couple to whom they're close (played by Kristen Wiig and Westfeld's real-life partner Jon Hamm) have kids but then fall apart. "Maybe my character doesn't help out as much as he could," O'Dowd told The Playlist, "but he's a superhero compared to Jon Hamm." The actor then explained how working with friends helped the project, and where his upcoming characters fall on the nice guy-jerk spectrum.

Watch: New Clips From 'Marley,' 'Bel Ami' & 'Detachment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 1:21 PM
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Well, the big eye-melting, popcorn munching, wallet-gouging blockbuster season kicks off this weekend with "John Carter," but don't worry, you don't have to leave your brain in the parking lot as there are still going to be plenty of films that don't require 3D glasses.

Patton Oswalt Talks Todd Rohal's SXSW Comedy 'Nature Calls' Plus An Exclusive New Image From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:59 PM
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Making his leading indie debut in the dark "Big Fan" and then stepping out to star opposite Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," you might be surprised to learn that seasoned comic Patton Oswalt has yet to topline a comedy. But all that will change at SXSW this weekend when "Nature Calls" premieres. Directed by Todd Rohal ("The Catechism Cataclysm," "The Guatemalan Handshake"), and executive produced by David Gordon Green, the film boats a stellar comic lineup -- Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O'Neal, Darrell Hammond -- and that combination of leading a comedy and working with a strong ensemble was what attracted Oswalt to the film.

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directs Underwhelming Ad For Kohl's Featuring Jennifer Lopez; Jordan Scott Helms Agent Provacateur Spots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:41 PM
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While we patiently wait for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to start rolling in front of cameras, the director has been keeping his skills sharpened on a couple of sideline gigs, helming some bracing spots for The Meth Project Foundation as well as a video for Metallica and Lou Reed's silly Lulu album. But this next one we didn't exactly see coming.

Wes Anderson Takes You To 'Moonrise Kingdom' In New Poster For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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Great design and the films of Wes Anderson have always been inseperable, and that continues to be true for "Moonrise Kingdom," the next effort from the filmmaker.

Genesis Rodriguez To Star Opposite Paul Walker In 'Hours'; Jennifer Beals To Produce & Topline 'Lord Of Vinyl'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 8, 2012 12:16 PM
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Despite the age difference, Genesis Rodriguez and Jennifer Beals are two actresses on a similar upward trajectory: newcomer Rodriguez is coming off a string of big-named efforts while Beals is riding on the coattails of successful stints on television. The two are now set to star in films that will have the city of New Orleans at the center of their plots.

Exclusive: Poster Debut for SXSW Film 'Pavilion' Featuring Songs from The Sea & Cake's Sam Prekop

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 8, 2012 12:02 PM
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As the residents of Austin gird their loins for the influx of humanity attending the film/music/interactive festival starting tomorrow, today we have the poster debut from one of the opening night films, "Pavilion," written and directed by Tim Sutton. The score and soundtrack features Sam Prekop from The Sea & Cake, offering up more of his ethereal, sophisticated pop. You can check out one of the songs, "The Eve," below courtesy of Stereogum, and can plug in your email to receive "Arizona," another tune from the film. The songs seem to conjure the atmospheric sense of longing the film seems to be going for, in the story of a teenager's summer with his father in Arizona. The official synopsis reads:

Diablo Cody Adds Comedienne Sarah Colonna To Directorial Debut; Describes Story As "Weird" & "Uplifting"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 8, 2012 11:42 AM
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Diablo Cody is a bit of maverick around Hollywood circles so it shouldn't come to anyone's surprise that she's set to tackle her directorial debut on a project formerly titled "Lamb Of God" with an eclectic cast in tow, including Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter and Nick Offerman. There's now one more addition to the line up in the form of former "Last Comic Standing" finalist Sarah Colonna.

Emily Watson, Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Kazan & Mia Maestro Join Neil LaBute Produced 'Some Girls' With Adam Brody & Kristen Bell

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 8, 2012 11:18 AM
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News of the film adaptation of Neil LaBute’s play, “Some Girls,” has been slim the past few months, with Kristen Bell coming on board a couple of days ago, and Adam Brody joining back in January, but recently a slew of impressive additions have emerged for the Jennifer Getzinger-directed film.

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