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SXSW Announces Lineup of Midnighters and Short Films

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest. This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 3:10 PM
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Magnolia Acquires Rob Reiner's 'The Magic of Belle Isle'

Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to comedy "The Magic of Belle Isle," starring director Rob Reiner's "Bucket List" lead Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen. Magnolia plans a summer 2012 theatrical and VOD release via its Ultra VOD program.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2012 2:17 PM
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Oscar Watch: Directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Talk Animated Short "Wild Life"

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's Oscar-nominated animated short "Wild Life" is anything but conventional. Set in 1909, it follows a young Brit who travels to the great adventurous unknown that is Canada, eager to make a life for himself as a rancher. Once he arrives, however, he finds his rarefied upbringing hasn't prepared him for his new life.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 2:06 PM
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Berlin Fest Lineup: Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' in Competition, Plus Jolie's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' Herzog's 'Death Row'

The lineup for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is in place, with Benoit Jacquot’s period drama “Farewell My Queen” kicking off proceedings on February 9 at the festival’s Berlinale Palast.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 8, 2012 1:15 PM
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'Rango' Dominates Visual Effects Society Awards

"Rango" dominated the winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (VES) awards in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games with four awards, including outstanding visual effects in an animated motion picture.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2012 11:12 AM
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Gore Verbinski and Ned Beatty Talk Oscar Animation Front-Runner 'Rango'

Gore Verbinski's "Rango," that wonderfully bizarre, hyper-referential and occasionally psychedelic Western about a lonely lizard's alter ego, screened for Academy and guild members Monday evening at the ICM Building in Century City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 8, 2012 11:03 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Video Interview: Brad Pitt and Oakland A's Billy Beane Talk 'Moneyball'

Oscar Q & As are going on all over town; Monday night Brad Pitt and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, the man he plays in "Moneyball," joined moderator Elvis Mitchell at LACMA for an Oscar nominees panel with Jonah Hill, editor Christopher Tellefsen and sound mixer Deb Adair. Then Pitt and Beane sat down for an exclusive talk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2012 6:32 PM
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Watch: Featurette for Supporting Actor Nominee Max Von Sydow in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Check out this featurette on Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Max Von Sydow's performance in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Here's what he said of his nomination at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 4:29 PM
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Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Ex-Lovers for Focus/Working Title Thriller; Plus What's Next for Each

As we announced last week, Focus Features and Working Title have paired Eric Bana ("Hanna," "Munich") and Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") for an untitled thriller. If you've missed Bana and Hall, rest assured they both have a few projects lined up or on their way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 1:48 PM
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David Seidler Adapting Pushkin's 'Queen of Spades,' Film will Feature Tchaikovsky's Opera

David Seidler, who wrote the Oscar-winning script for "The King's Speech," is adapting Alexander Pushkin's Russian short story, "Queen of Spades." The project, which has directer Pavel Lungin ("Tsar") attached, will be shopped at Berlin's European Film Market by the Russian Cinema Fund...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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