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Subtitle & Remake Rumors Circle 'Attack The Block'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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This doesn't happen very often, but a note made in a week old article in THR has touched off a firestorm of sorts around "Attack The Block," the well-received alien-invasion flick by Joe Cornish that debuted at SXSW this past week (fyi, we loved it). In the article, written prior to the film's premiere in Austin, the trade noted that the Brit street slang was making potential distributors worried and that, "there is talk of having subtitles for any North American release." Additionally, THR said that "there is even excited talk of getting the movie's remake rights and making a U.S. version of the film." Of course, some film sites went into overdrive with a couple already campaigning for the newly launched Drafthouse Film -- who only have one film under their belt -- to take on the movie. Can everyone just breathe for a moment?

James Cameron Says A Fox Exec Wanted Him To Cut Out The "Tree Hugging Hippy Crap" From 'Avatar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 7:36 AM
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It's hard to believe, but the guy who made "Aliens" and "Terminator 2" is now Mr. Environment. With "Avatar," James Cameron not only took 3D out of the gimmick gutter but he also painted himself as a concerned environmentalist (though he remains blissfully ignorant of the waste created by double and triple dipping DVD releases and the endless stream of crap merchandising has created for the film; but that's a conversation for another time). Anyway, during the film's long gestating period it looks like one Fox executive wasn't down with all the hippie dippy tree hugging in the movie.
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Billy Bob Thornton Suiting Up For 'Bad Santa 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 6:46 AM
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That didn't take very long. Last November, Billy Bob Thornton first hinted that "Bad Santa 2" was in development saying that it was something he "actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.” A month later, The Weinstein Company struck a deal with the current owners of Miramax to help develop sequels and television spinoffs to a number of prominent catalog titles including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror,” "Rounders," "Shakespeare In Love" and yes, "Bad Santa." Well, it looks like contracts are now being drafted up.

SXSW: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Reveal Bad Weather Was The Inspiration To Make 'Paul'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 6:21 AM
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Yes, it's Friday. SXSW Film is over, SXSW Music is in full boozy swing and "Paul" -- after running a helluva pace through the press gauntlet at the festival and in the preceding weeks -- is finally hitting theaters. And while it seems that the chatter and buzz around "Paul" has been non-stop, this is the rare case of the film that actually deserves it. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film is much more than it what appears to be combining the breeziness of a '70s road trip film, the magic of early Amblin entertainments and of course, the distinct humor of the film's leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who are joined by Seth Rogen who voices the titular creature. It's a winning combination in a unique film that brings together a tremendous ensemble cast to play along including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio and Bill Hader.

SXSW Review: 'Detention' Is Like A Narrative, Peyote-Fueled Manga Adaptation Of 'I Love The 90s'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 18, 2011 4:49 AM
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What kind of movie is “Detention?”

'Red Dawn' Producer Says Remake Isn't For Vegetarians Or Sissies; Spoiler Heavy Review Hits

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 4:21 AM
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While the "Red Dawn" remake continues to sit on the shelf, as it was reported a couple of days ago, MGM are looking to sell the film and trying to make it more internationally friendly. As you might recall, the plot of the original film revolves around a band of teens who fight off some evil Soviets. In the remake, the baddies were switched up to the Chinese who, as the plot goes, decide to cash in on the debt the United States owes them. But fearing that the film might be too controversial for the lucrative film market in China, the studio has decided to digitally alter the film scrubbing references to the Chinese as the main antagonists and instead slotting in North Koreans. Needless to say, the move caused some chatter in certain quarters, with some accusing the filmmakers of being pushed around, but producer Tripp Vinson is going to take that sitting down. Because he's an American dammit.

SXSW: The Importance Of Dogs To The Writing Process & More We Learned About Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2011 3:44 AM
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As big fans of music video veteran Mike Mills' debut feature "Thumbsucker," we've been keenly awaiting a sophomore film from the director ever since, and when that film, "Beginners," premiered at Toronto last year, the word was comfortingly strong. But even that didn't quite prepare us for the experience of actually seeing it -- when we caught up with it for ourselves at SXSW, it immediately became one of our favorite films of the year thus far; our review said "it makes you sigh and swoon in equal measure."

In Theaters: 'Paul,' 'Limitless,' 'Lincoln Lawyer'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 18, 2011 3:21 AM
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While the film cool kids kick around Austin at the SXSW festival, eating queso and barbecue and drinking 'ritas and tweeting about all the rad awesome movies they're seeing, we've got to console ourselves with the offerings at the cineplex this weekend. Fortunately, it's not all crap! We even get a SXSW treat in the form of "Paul," the Two Dudes and an Alien road trip comedy. Also in theaters: Bradley Cooper in the sci-fi pharmaceutical pic "Limitless," Matthew McConaughey returning to his courtroom roots in the "Lincoln Lawyer," and Sundance fave, Tom McCarthy's "Win Win."

Updated: Is Guillermo Del Toro Being Asked To Take Japan Out Of 'Pacific Rim'? Writer Says No

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 2:58 AM
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Update: Travis Beacham has once again hit Twitter and has put the kibosh on the rumors swirling saying, "The situation in Japan is NOT tripping up PAC/RIM. Unless my day-to-day work load is an astonishingly elaborate prank." He also adds for those concerned about the film being insensitive, "This is, on its surface and in its heart, a movie about people. This is a movie about humanity."

Fox Searchlight Eyeing David O. Russell For Russ Meyer Biopic

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 18, 2011 2:32 AM
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David O. Russell really has had one hell of a comeback year. Garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Director this year for "The Fighter" and riding a wave of critical acclaim, Russell has been picking up projects left and right over the past six months or so (and those are just a few of many he's got cooking in various stages).

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