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Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke

Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke
- Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton’s Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:40 AM
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Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Certified Copy, Mars Needs Moms, Black Death

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman provide ample violence and machismo. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Abrams and Spielberg's Super 8

Paramount has released a full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 (June 10). Here are seven reasons to be excited about the original 70s-set filmmaking thriller.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2011 2:53 AM
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Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton's Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap

Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton's Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap
You know that Nikki Finke was not happy when the HBO series Tilda bit the dust; Deadline announced the show's demise the Friday before the Oscars; the news was swiftly buried by Oscar weekend posts. While most HBO watchers probably don't care, many entertainment industry insiders and press were eagerly anticipating this half-hour comedy starring Diane Keaton as a power-hungry reclusive blogger loosely based on Finke (she was to be paid a modest fee but did not consult on the series). Ellen Page co-starred as her assistant, while Jason Patric played her arch-nemesis. Many had hoped that the behind-the-scenes Hollywood show would replace HBO's Entourage, whose final, 8th season runs this summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2011 2:46 AM
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Schnabel Talks MPAA Appeals Board Overturn of Miral's R-Rating UPDATED

Thursday the MPAA's ratings appeals board overturned Miral's R-rating for “some violent content including a sexual assault.” Weinstein Co. can now release Julian Schnabel's controversial Palestinian film on March 25 with a PG-13 rating for “thematic material, and some violent content including a sexual assault.” UPDATE: While the final cut filmmaker screened a cut that was 13-minutes shorter than the one that played the fall festival circuit (which drew mixed reviews), he did not make changes in the rape or cane-beating scenes that had earned the initial rating. Trims at the beginning and end of the film were designed to engage audiences with the characters, he told TOH. "I'm very pleased with the movie. Some battles you have to lose in order to win the war."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2011 9:33 AM
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Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"

Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"
IndieWIRE's Caryn James says that Red Riding Hood makes Twilight look good. You've been warned. Below, a round-up of reviews on Catherine Hardwicke's reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, which has been told in various forms since the 14th century. This latest retelling didn't get the Disney PG treatment, nor does it have a male-friendly gothic-horror edge. It sits somewhere in-between: the femme teen zone. Check back Saturday for TOH's SXSW interview with Hardwicke. In the meantime, see what the critics are saying:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 10, 2011 7:12 AM
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Director Update: Joe Wright on Hanna and Ronin, The Little Mermaid and Anna Karenina Casting

Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist) has a lot coming up, including coming-of-age thriller Hanna (April 8, pictured, trailer below), starring Atonement's Saoirse Ronan as an assassin; Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett co-star. In the works is a live-action version of The Little Mermaid and an adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which may star Wright favorite Keira Knightley. See these excerpts from his interview at About.com.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2011 6:34 AM
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Interview Watch: Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikowska Talk Jane Eyre Gender Roles

Michael Fassbender, 32, is Irish-German, distractingly good looking, and with his role in as Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester, his star is continuing to rise. We've been saying it for a while now, but he's only going to get bigger. So far Jane Eyre has earned a stellar 93% at Rotten Tomatoes. Rochester could have a similar effect on Fassbender's career as playing Mr. Darcy (in both Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary) did for Oscar-winner Colin Firth. (See clip and trailer below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 10, 2011 6:33 AM
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Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Selects 15 Projects from 15 Countries for L'Atelier 2011

Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Selects 15 Projects from 15 Countries for L'Atelier 2011
L’Atelier, created by the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, recognizes and encourages emerging filmmakers. This year, L'Atelier has selected 15 projects from 15 countries which show artistic quality and originality, listed below. Their directors will participate in the next Cannes Festival, from May 13-20, and will meet with producers and industry professionals to further develop and secure financing for their projects. More information is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2011 5:57 AM
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Genre Development: Sci-Fi Runner Lures Forster; Firth, Kidman & Wasikowska's Stoker; After Dogtooth

- The Runner is a futuristic sci-fi story about how the earth's surface is made uninhabitable by an attack and a group of survivors in the Rocky Mountains discover a way to send a man back in time to stop the devastation. But the man they send is secretly motivated by saving the love of his life. Disney is now developing The Runner as a vehicle for director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace); Imagine's Brian Grazer is producing alongside Brad Simpson, Forster's Apparatus Entertainment partner. Dave Andron, who originated the concept with Blacklight Transmedia, will write the script. Imagine and Disney are aiming for a transmedia franchise with The Runner intended for simultaneous TV, video game, graphic novel and hand-held interactive content.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2011 6:38 AM
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