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SXSW Preview: Rodriguez, Kick-Ass, Predators

SXSW Preview: Rodriguez, Kick-Ass, Predators
Gold Film/Interactive Badge and packet of party tickets in hand, I'm plugged into a power strip in the main courtyard at the Austin Convention Center. (The wi-fi sucks.) On my way downtown, I drove the wrong way onto several one-way streets, including a train track. I am safely parked in the convention lot, which costs $7 a day, but the guy let me in for free when I offered an out-of-state check.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2010 12:06 AM
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SXSW: Texas Film Hall of Fame: Tarantino Acceptance Speech

SXSW: Texas Film Hall of Fame: Tarantino Acceptance Speech
For ten years the Austin Film Society's Texas Film Hall of Fame has handed out awards to the state's own--and deserving outsiders like Quentin Tarantino, who after 17 years of premiering his films and doing his QT Fests in Austin, was inducted by best buds Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, who gave him a cowboy hat. (His speech is below.) "I start relaxing tomorrow," he said. Another refugee from the exhausting Oscar race was Jason Reitman, who on a whim took off in his car to decompress and wound up here to watch some movies (he's shown his shorts here in the past) before heading home to rework the first draft of his new screenplay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2010 2:33 AM
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Lipsky Returns to Distrib Roots

Distributor-turned-filmmaker Jeff Lipsky--who co-founded October Films with Bingham Ray-- is returning to the fray, bent but unbowed. Here's his announcement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 3:07 AM
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Oscar Night Red Carpet Montage: Clooney, Bullock, Mo'Nique

Here's a montage of video that I shot on the red carpet on Oscar night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:49 AM
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Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone

Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone
Heading into its second weekend, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will continue to score big numbers. According to Flixster, the Tim Burton fantasy (which has a Tomatoscore of 52%) is pacing about five times ahead of this week’s new releases. That's not hard, because none of the newcomers are crossing over from their target demo. (Trailers are on the jump.) UPDATE: Box office watchers can now place bets on their predictions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:21 AM
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NY Film Fest To Add McCarthy to Selection Committee

Todd McCarthy got some good news and bad news Monday. While he lost his job (after 31 years) as chief critic at venerable trade Variety, he will go to the Cannes International Film Festival as the newest member of the New York Film Festival selection committee. The official announcement is expected shortly came Friday. McCarthy talks to the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 8:12 AM
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Nolan Talks Superman Reboot, Batman Sequel

"We have a fantastic story," Chris Nolan tells the LAT's Geoff Boucher about the upcoming Superman reboot. Nolan and wife producer Emma Thomas wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions that have been flying around the internet about the project which will be written by David S. Goyer and directed by someone not yet named. Yet they don't offer up much to Boucher:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 4:56 AM
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Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn's Actress Was Robin Wright

Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn's Actress Was Robin Wright
I finally got hold of Sean Penn's publicist Mara Buxbaum to explain which overlooked actress he was referring to before he presented the best actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock Sunday night. "I never became an official member of the Academy," he said that night, "but the Academy and I do have in common that we neglected to acknowledge the same actress in our own ways two years running. So, I'm going to start fresh with the Academy and acknowledge these wonderful actresses."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 2:25 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks
On the red carpet at the Oscars, as Hollywood's Beautiful People glided by in their Oscar designer duds, a few came over to talk to Jeanne Wolf, the BBC and the In-Style reporter, whose job it was to flag as many people as possible about what they were wearing. I picked up a few of them on the flip cam.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 12:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Art Directors Talk Avatar, Pandora

Cameron Carlson reports on the Oscar-winning art directors on Avatar.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • March 9, 2010 7:34 AM
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