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Trailer Watch: Sundance Hit Martha Marcy May Marlene

Trailer Watch: Sundance Hit Martha Marcy May Marlene
Check out the trailer below for Sundance hit thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, from writer-director Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy. Fox Searchlight is releasing the film July 10.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 8:15 AM
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Teen Lesbian Romance Jack and Diane Goes to Magnolia, Stars Juno Temple and Riley Keough

Distribution rights to Bradley Rust Gray's Jack and Diane -- currently in post -- have gone to Magnolia Pictures. The film stars Juno Temple (Atonement, Cracks), Riley Keough (The Runaways), Kylie Minogue and Cara Seymour, and features animation from the Brothers Quay and creature effects by Cremaster 2 and 4's Gabe Bartalos. Gray made his mark as a director with 2009's micro-budget fest-circuit hit The Exploding Girl, which starred Zoe Kazan and earned largely positive reviews.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 7:14 AM
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Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz

Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz
Reviewers love the TV network satire Episodes, which Showtime has renewed for 2012. Amy Dawes interviews the Episodes creative team, writers David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), about their no-holds-barred skewering of TV (trailer is below). Given its scathing (and very funny) critique of the television business, it will be interesting to see if the critically hailed Showtime comedy Episodes is embraced by Television Academy members when it’s time to vote for Emmys. One hurdle will be how well they remember it -- the series debuted in January and ended in March, having been launched with an order of just seven episodes. That’s because it was co-produced and mostly funded by the BBC (short runs are common in the U.K.).
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2011 6:44 AM
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Tomb Raider Reboot: Who In the Name of Lara Croft Could Replace Angelina Jolie?

Yes, another reboot. GK Films is kicking of their new and (hopefully) improved Tomb Raider with the writers behind Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens -- Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. They hope to create a "young and dynamic Lara Croft" and a new adventure story for the franchise (see more below on the original video game).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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ShortsHD Launches on DIRECTV: Like A Mini Short Film Festival Each Night

Shorts fans and filmmakers rejoice. Shorts International now boasts ShortsHD on DIRECTV. Their HD Extra Pack subscribers can now check out channel 568; a selection of the most popular titles will also be on VOD channel 1568. ShortsHD offers a library of titles from Oscar and international festival circuit winners to CGI animation and "cinematic gems" from around the world. The program will feature a premiere each night, and scheduling will group shorts together in 30 or 60 minute theme blocks, including comedy, docs, thrillers, musical, dramas and animation.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 5:06 AM
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Robert Downey, Jr. Lands American Cinematheque Award: Should Be Fun Fete

Robert Downey, Jr. Lands American Cinematheque Award: Should Be Fun Fete
Congratulations to Robert Downey, Jr. The 25th American Cinematheque Award will be his. Downey Jr. will be honored at the annual benefit gala on October 14 at the Beverly Hilton. This event could be one of the more entertaining of these award shows, as Downey will lure some of the funniest talent in town to pay him tribute, as Matt Damon did last year: his was more of a roast. Ben Stiller, Jon Favreau, Jaime Foxx, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner, and recent award-winner Samuel Jackson come to mind. Any other likely cronies?
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 4:26 AM
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Diane Baker Talks "Best-Kept Secret": San Francisco's Expanding Academy of Art

The 5th annual Epidemic Film Festival (named after the idea that there is a creative epidemic going on) will open on Friday, May 6 at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco at 4 pm, reports Cari Beauchamp.A showcase for the finest films made this year by the Motion Pictures, Film and Television students at the Academy of Art University, the ceremony will begin with the awarding of honorary degrees to actress Eva Marie Saint and director Roger Corman with awards announced after the three hours plus of screenings.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 5, 2011 2:09 AM
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Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"
Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent genuine romantic article: the royal wedding.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2011 1:07 AM
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Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event: In Theaters and On Blu-Ray in June

As we wait for The Hobbit, we can revisit Middle Earth on the big screen, as Warner Home Video promotes yet another DVD special package with The Lord of the Rings™ Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event via screenings at nearly 500 cinemas throughout the US. June will bring The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on June 14; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on June 21; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on June 28, each featuring approximately an hour of additional footage and extended scenes chosen under the supervision of Peter Jackson. Jackson will also provide introductions to each film, filmed in Wellywood on The Hobbit set.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 8:48 AM
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Janet Jackson Will Play Cannes AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS Fundraiser

Janet Jackson Will Play Cannes AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS Fundraiser
For those of you wondering what Harvey Weinstein had up his sleeve for the annual AmFAR Cinema Against Aids fundraiser held on the last Thursday of Cannes, Roger Friedman has the scoop:Janet Jackson has been signed up as the entertainment, which should make the event hotter than ever. Now the big question is whether or not Sharon Stone will be back after a year off from conducting the famed live auction. There are those who love Sharon’s style and some who don’t. But AmFAR suffers a little without Stone’s presence.(Last year, the AmFAR people were very upset when I reported that Sharon wasn’t coming. She had a film to shoot in Eastern Europe.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2011 7:43 AM
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