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Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 6:25 AM
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Weekend Preview: Limitless, Paul, Lincoln Lawyer For Men, Indies Win Win, Cracks, Winter in Wartime

This weekend, it's Matthew McConaughey and a car vs. Working Title's alien vs. Bradley Cooper on super-human drugs. According to Flixster Forecast: "The Lincoln Lawyer, the first adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel since Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work in 2002, surged in search activity leading into this weekend. Given that its Want-to-See interest is almost entirely centered with women-over-25, the film will probably have to build a strong case to beat out Britcom Paul, opening on more screens; or Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Limitless, which is seeing intense Want-to-See interest that is closer to the middle."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 5:35 AM
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Vanity Fair: Robert Pattinson Talks Twilight, Elephants, Being RPattz, Charlie Sheen

Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales talks with Robert Pattinson about Twilight, Water for Elephants and -- of course -- Robert Pattinson. Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2011 5:00 AM
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SXSW: Greg Mottola Talks Paul's Pegg, Frost and Spielberg; Early Reviews

SXSW: Greg Mottola Talks Paul's Pegg, Frost and Spielberg; Early Reviews
Here's what you need to know about Paul (March 18): It's a Working Title movie, which means that it's smart, tailored to intelligent audiences, and has a British sensibility. Co-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) dreamed up this light fan boy comedy, went on an American research road trip, and lacking their director of choice, Edgar Wright, they turned to Greg Mottola (Superbad and Adventureland), who has been earning mainstream cred as a director of sharp and funny comedies that do not suck.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2011 8:18 AM
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The Hunger Games Chases Franchise Gold with Indie Darling Jennifer Lawrence: Details

Moving swiftly from indie breakout to star of a major Hollywood franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has landed The Hunger Games.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 17, 2011 7:51 AM
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Darren Aronofsky Says Goodbye to The Wolverine

He is sad to go, but directing the latest X-Men installment, The Wolverine, for Twentieth Century Fox with Hugh Jackman would have kept Darren Aronofsky out of the country and away from family for too long.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2011 5:27 AM
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SXSW: Jodie Foster Intros The Beaver, Starring "Beloved" Mel Gibson, to Upbeat Response; See Clips

SXSW: Jodie Foster Intros The Beaver, Starring "Beloved" Mel Gibson, to Upbeat Response; See Clips
Jodie Foster took Austin's Paramount stage for the Wednesday night premiere of The Beaver, a dark, moving family drama centered on Mel Gibson, who is well-cast as a tortured man in crisis. (See indieWIRE's review; here's Hollywood Wiretap's round-up).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2011 4:24 AM
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Actresses Take Control, Directing and Producing Their Own Projects

Drew Barrymore will follow up her Whip It (2009) directorial debut--which scored better with critics than audiences-- with How to Be Single, a romantic comedy for New Line, reports THR. She will also produce with her Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen (Flower Films's first producing effort was Never Been Kissed in 1999).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 16, 2011 8:29 AM
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Natural Selection: Details on Robbie Pickering, SXSW Narrative Feature Winner, Awards List

Natural Selection: Details on Robbie Pickering, SXSW Narrative Feature Winner, Awards List
The big SXSW winner this year was Robbie Pickering's Natural Selection, which not only collected the Narrative Feature Competition grand jury prize, two breakthrough acting awards, special prizes for screenplay, cinematography and editing, but the Audience Award as well. Producer Paul Jensen said at the awards ceremony Tuesday night: “We all know how difficult this independent filmmaking is. Robbie never gave up, and he never wavered from his vision."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2011 7:34 AM
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SXSW: Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander Talk The Dish & The Spoon

SXSW: Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander Talk The Dish & The Spoon
SXSW is known for introducing Mumblecore to the indie film world, which defines a group of filmmakers and a minimal improvisational aesthetic derived from micro-budget necessity. SXSW-fave director Joe Swanberg discovered Greta Gerwig, who has moved from Hannah Takes the Stairs and the intense The House of the Devil (which severed her working relationship with Swanberg) to Greenberg and Hollywood's Arthur remake.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2011 3:52 AM
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