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Space Is The Place: Fox & McG Team For Sci Fi Film; Shane Abbess To Helm '7th Day' By Ben Ripley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 6:52 AM
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Regardless of the overall eye-melting shittiness of "Battle: Los Angeles," the film dominated the box office this past weekend proving that audiences still want to see shit blow up real good, no matter how awful it is. So no wonder then that Fox and McG are teaming up for a sci-fi movie based on a script by the guy who wrote "Doom," "Horsemen" and "The Expendables."
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SXSW Review: Basketball Doc 'Elevate' Scores

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 15, 2011 6:36 AM
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In the last few years, documentary films (at least the ones that are seen by everybody outside of HBO subscribers or museum frequenters) have splintered, roughly, into two camps. In one camp are the "issue" films that tackle some kind of grand social or environmental concern (like, say, the diorama-ish "An Inconvenient Truth" or "Inside Job") with a relative amount of objective emotional detachment. Then there are the documentaries that take a more narrative approach to their subjects, which resemble more closely traditional films and ask for a fair amount of emotional investment.

Christina Hendricks, Julia Stiles & Matt Dillon Get 'Seconds Of Pleasure'; Mike Figgis Now Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 6:06 AM
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Previously Attached Neil LaBute Penned ScriptSince it was first announced back in January, "Seconds of Pleasure" has seen a world of changes and additions as it gears up to go in front of cameras. Firstly, the previously attached Neil LaBute is now out of the director's chair with Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") replacing him, though it will still utilize his script which looks to be based on his book of short stories with the same name.

'Sound Of My Voice' Director Zal Batmanglij & Co-Writer/Star Brit Marling To Reteam For 'The East'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 15, 2011 5:45 AM
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We were over the moon for Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling's "Sound of My Voice" at SXSW, a queasy, often haunting story of a couple attempting to exploit a creepy underground cult. The expectation was that director Batmanglij and co-writer/star Marling would respectively move in different directions, but the happy surprise is that both are reuniting on another project. We sat down with Batmanglij and Marling to discuss "Sound of My Voice" and they introduced us to "The East."

SXSW Review: Mike Mills 'Beginners' Is A Wonderfully Attuned & Empathetic Look At Love, Life & Grief

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  • March 15, 2011 5:23 AM
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Touching, heartfelt, melancholy and suffused with a gentle humanity (pick your soulful cliché), with his sophomore drama, "Beginners," filmmaker Mike Mills demonstrates once more that he's acutely attuned to the bittersweet and funny frequency broadcast from the pain of love and life. Mills' empathy antenna has always been sensitively in harmony with the human condition, as evinced by the overlooked "Thumbsucker," his more recent music videos and the short, "Does Your Soul Have A Cold?" (which almost feels a companion piece here). And in "Beginners" he masterfully demonstrates a generous and thoughtful perspective on emotional suffering, creating a piece that's as formally marvelous as it is sweeping and humanistic.

Simon Pegg Says 'Paul' Is 'Easy Rider' With Aliens Or 'The Daytrippers' With E.T.

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 15, 2011 5:00 AM
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How The Film Doubles As Seth Rogen Biopic & More We Learned In Our Chat With The Cast & DirectorTwo nerds, after spending the time of their life at the geek haven that is Comic-Con, soon find themselves in the epic situation of having to get an alien to his homeship. And though it's a dream come true for the protagonists, it's also a certain death sentence with multiple villains on their tail. But thankfully in "Paul," nobody's yelling at any marines nor are there abrasive video game action scenes -- this is the "better" alien movie in theaters, chock full of laughs and coated with a genuine sweetness that you wouldn't expect from a movie centered on a foul-mouthed alien voiced by Seth Rogen.

SXSW: Duncan Jones & Screenwriter Ben Ripley Talk The Reality Bending 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 4:22 AM
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Duncan Jones' "Source Code" booted up at SXSW, kicking off festivities last week, and word has been good. In our review, we noted that "Jones remains a strong and original voice in a genre badly needing of both" and whatever you may think of his followup to "Moon," it is undeniably unlike any other sci-fi pic out there right now. This is thanks largely in part to the brainy, narrative-looping script by Ben Ripley. The writer, who previously penned a couple of forgettable "Species" sequels, makes his jump to the big leagues in a major way with a script that conceives a high concept sci-fi premise without ever losing the audience in geek speak.

Oscar Nominee John Hawkes To Star In 'Surrogate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 3:33 AM
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While he didn't end up taking home the trophy, an Oscar nomination for John Hawkes was vindication enough for the longtime character actor, who's been putting in exceedingly good work in numerous films over the years. And while the shine of Oscar may add a few more dollars to his paycheck, the actor doesn't seem to be in any hurry to leave his indie roots for glossier fare.

Review: 'Cracks' An Elegant, Dramatic Debut By Jordan Scott

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 3:16 AM
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As the niece of Tony Scott and daughter of Ridley Scott, there's no doubt that director Jordan Scott has filmmaking in her blood, but for her feature debut, the helmer has taken on a subject matter far removed from the usual tentpole ready, popcorn spectacle of her father and uncle. "Cracks," which debuted at TIFF way back in 2009 and is finally getting a release thanks to IFC Films, is a film that seems curiously not to be getting the attention it deserves and we're not sure why. Assured and elegant, "Cracks" is a complex character study about the illusions we build that keep us from slipping out of sanity.

J.K. Simmons Joins Mark Wahlberg In 'Contraband'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 2:54 AM
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With filming already underway, Mark Wahlberg's "Contraband" has added one more to the dirty dealing picture.

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