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Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for this weekend's offerings are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 5:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Lars Von Trier's Psychological Disaster Movie Melancholia Starring Dunst & Gainsbourg

Check out the trailer for Danish director Lars von Trier's (Antichrist) latest, psychological disaster movie Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård. The film releases in Denmark May 26. Magnolia Pictures will release in the US, but no date has been announced. While it does have its own (and much darker) tone, it also echoes The Tree of Life's trailer. Synopsis is also below.Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 3:18 AM
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New CEO Dawn Hudson Will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy

New CEO Dawn Hudson Will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy
The Academy board of governors met well into the night Thursday as they debated the fate of 30-year Academy veteran Ric Robertson, who had lobbied long and hard to succeed outgoing executive director Bruce Davis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2011 3:07 AM
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French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview
The French are coming! Francophile Cari Beauchamp, author of the must-read Cannes guide Hollywood on the Riviera (with Henri Behar) previews COLCOA:It’s the week that Los Angeles – like most American cities, often bereft of screens showing foreign language films -- can gorge on a smorgasbord of Frenchfilm. The 15th Annual City of Lights City of Angels Film Festival begins on April 11 and runs through April 18, showing over 30 features films includingevery genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • April 8, 2011 1:57 AM
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The Crow Reboot Lands Director

Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 11:58 AM
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BAM Blows Out DePalma's Suspense

BAM Blows Out DePalma's Suspense
Brian DePalma is one of those filmmakers whose profile has lost luster over the years along with his commercial studio cred. It shouldn't. Simon Abrams writes about the thrillmeister on a the eve of a BAM retrospective:This weekend, Brooklynites can pump themselves up for the Criterion Collection's forthcoming release of Brian De Palma's Blow Out by checking out the BAMcinemathek retrospective aptly titled "De Palma's Suspense." Programmed by Noah Baumbach, this year’s BAM Cinema Club Chair, the thirteen day-long series showcase is a perfect way to see De Palma's films. It's also a great opportunity to check out Dressed to Kill and Obsession, two of De Palma's best films that are both unfortunately no longer available on DVD.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • April 7, 2011 9:40 AM
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Anne Hathaway Talks Hosting Oscars on Today Show: Will She Host Again? "Maybe...Perhaps No"

Anne Hathaway Talks Hosting Oscars on Today Show: Will She Host Again? "Maybe...Perhaps No"
Skip ahead to 3:09 for Anne Hathaway reminiscing on her Oscar hosting experience...Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 8:35 AM
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Gabriel Sunday Talks My Suicide, Starring Late David Carradine, Opens in May Via Distrib Big Air

It's been two years since David Lee Miller's My Suicide played the 2009 fest circuit, from Berlin (where it won The Crystal Bear) and Gen Art (best picture and actor, Gabriel Sunday), to SXSW, San Francisco and Seattle. The movie, which deploys cinema verite techniques to document a teen's quest to do himself in, kept distribution hope alive via an active Facebook page. Miller worked closely with his son Jason and his videographer star Sunday, who plays Archie, the film's "isolated, narcissistic blob,"as he describes it. They constantly raised coin for the film, which Sunday often shot himself, using multiple video cameras. It took three years to edit 15 terrabytes of footage. "It has this crazy ADD feeling to it," says Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 8:18 AM
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YouTube's Figglehorn Goes 3-D as Lionsgate's Night of the Living Fred

Lucas Cruikshank's YouTube creation and sensation "Fred Figglehorn" is getting a 3-D movie. Lionsgate, Varsity Pictures and The Collective are producing Night of the Living Fred, which is a follow-up to 2010's Fred: The Movie (which debuted on Nickelodeon). While Lionsgate has North American distribution rights, they are selling international rights to the film. Family Guy's David A. Goodman wrote the script and John Fortenberry (Blue Mountain State) is directing. Lionsgate production/development president Michael Paseornek says:“We're always excited to partner with talent who has a direct relationship with a broad online fan base, because there are so many possibilities for engaging that audience throughout the filmmaking and marketing process.  Lucas is a true next generation entertainer, and we are so proud to bring Fred, the unique character he created, to his fans in 3D. Fred has already conquered the online world and achieved record ratings for Nickelodeon, and we believe he's ready for his feature film debut." 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 7:50 AM
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Javier Bardem for Dark Tower, Penelope Cruz & Woody Allen Reteam, The Hobbit's Legolas & Gollum

Husband and wife (and new parents) Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz both boast new projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 5:43 AM
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