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SXSW Review: A Chance At Another Beginning Illuminates The Path To 'Another Earth'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2011 5:26 AM
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At the start of “Another Earth,” there are two shocks administered to the audience. The first is that another planet has been discovered on the other side of the Sun, and it so closely resembles Earth that the brand new discovery is being referred to as Earth 2. This would be a galactic shocker, of course, but we are moved more by the second shock, which is the recklessness of teenaged Rhoda (Brit Marling), who drunkenly crashes her car into the vehicle of composer John (William Mapother). John survives, but his wife and child are now dead.

Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & Olivia Wilde Circle Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Jennifer Lawrence Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2011 5:05 AM
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The allure of the tentpole has snatched Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence into tween fandom and out of a much more interesting (though less lucrative) project. Deadline reveals -- and recent reports have hinted -- that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of Oliver Stone's drug cartel thriller "Savages." However, a host of new names have popped up for the film as it moves toward its summer production start.

Judd Apatow To Produce Comedy About Celebrity Charity 'Do Gooders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2011 3:17 AM
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Sort of like the comedic equivalent of Scott Rudin, getting Judd Apatow to produce your film is a stamp of approval most writers and filmmakers would kill for. This year, Apatow will find his named attached to a handful of highly anticipated comedies including "Bridesmaids," the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston vehicle "Wanderlust" as well as the soon-to-be-lensing collaboration between Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, "Five Year Engagement." But the ever busy writer/director/producer has added another project to his growing slate.

Jon Favreau & Michael Chabon Looking To Team On Script For 'Magic Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2011 2:43 AM
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With the "Iron Man" franchise now firmly behind him, director Jon Favreau can focus on his next mega-tentpole, the Disney pic "Magic Kingdom." Yes, it's a movie based on the theme park attraction, and as was noted last year when he signed on, a writer was being sought to pen a new draft of the script, which was initially written by Ron Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"). Who would've thought it would be one of the most celebrated writers in recent years?

KAFFNY Review Round-Up 2: 'Centre Forward,' 'Red Chapel,' 'Sai-I-Gu,' 'Wet Sand'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 19, 2011 2:14 AM
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Following our first round-up, here are a few more flicks showcased in New York's Korean American Film Festival which ends March 20th. Stay tuned for more coverage, including reviews of "Should've Kissed" by Cinefondation-residency alum Jinoh Park and "Make Yourself At Home" by student Academy Award-winning director Soopum Sohn. Also on the horizon is an interview with filmmakers Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and "Killer of Sheep" helmer Charles Burnett.

Juno Temple Headed To Gotham City For 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirmed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 18, 2011 12:58 PM
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The cast for "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to grow. Variety today confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is signed on for the superhero sequel, reuniting him with "Inception" director Christopher Nolan. Joining Gordon-Levitt in today's announcements is Juno Temple, the indie star of "Kaboom" and the upcoming "Cracks," who is said to be circling a role in the megablockbuster.

Jodie Foster Writing A Sci-Fi Thriller; Says Role In 'Elysium' Only Requires 3 Weeks Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 10:21 AM
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Jodie Foster recently headed to Austin with her buzzed about "The Beaver" under her arm and the reviews were mixed. While some were taken with Mel Gibson's comeback performance, we found the film to be tonally inconsistent and a bit of a disappointment, particularly as the script placed on the Black List. But with the film set to hit theaters soon, Foster is ready to put the 'Beaver' behind her and move forward and it looks as if she's planning a bit of a change in direction.

Tom Arnold Once Again Talks Up 'True Lies 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 9:24 AM
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Let's take a trip back in time shall we? Back in the summer of 2009, Tom Arnold said -- either sarcastically or delusionally -- about a possible "True Lies 2" that, "All I know is Jim Cameron’s making it and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I are going to be in it, and it starts shooting in 14 months, the day after Arnold stops being governor of California. It’s not going to be called ‘True Lies II,’ but it might as well be. I can live with that." Well, that time has since passed and either Arnold was lying, joking or hoping (probably somewhere in the middle of that). Anyway, he recently chatted with Movieweb (via /Film) and once again made some bold claims.

Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

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?

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