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San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer

San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will open April 21 at the Castro Theatre with Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which stars sexy couple Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Christopher Plummer in rare form as a gay man fighting against the dying of the light, played well at Toronto, where it was acquired by Focus Features. The festival, which usually draws an audience of over 75,000 people and gives out 15 jury awards, will feature 200 films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 7:30 AM
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Fairy Tale Trend Reveals Female Sex Threat; A Comprehensive Guide to Fairy Tales in the Works UPDATE

- A bit behind the curve, The Guardian warns: "Prepare for a fairytale invasion." The trend will "really get into top gear with the debut in the U.S. of [Catherine Hardwicke's] Little Red Riding Hood." While we've been tracking the abundance of fairy tales -- from the high-profile The Brothers Grimm: Snow White starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen to Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (we've compiled details on all the fairy tales in the works and a quiz, below) -- The Guardian is honing in on themes of sexual awakening and the supernatural -- the popular variation of which was kicked off by the Twilight series and has been picked up for Red Riding Hood (clearly aiming for the same teen demo).
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  • March 8, 2011 6:44 AM
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Video Interview: Wasikowska and Fukunaga Talk Jane Eyre

Check out the Film Independent interview (below, with trailer) with Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and star Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland). He explains why he wanted to adapt the Charlotte Bronte public domain classic, and how he came to cast Wasikowska as the lonely governess who comes to work for and love the tragic Mr. Rochester, played by rising star Michael Fassbender (here's my old flip cam interview). Focus Features opens the film March 11.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 6:38 AM
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Video: James Bond in Drag

Daniel Craig goes blonde and vulnerable for this promo spot about inequality between the sexes narrated by James Bond boss Judi Dench. Craig, like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, makes a far less handsome woman than man. In person Craig is a slim, sweet mench of a man. It's cool that he was willing to deconstruct his womanizer/action/hero Bond image.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 2:40 AM
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DC Comics and Warner Bros. Hit WonderCon with Green Lantern Stars, Video, Vid-games on April 1

DC Comics and Warner Bros. Hit WonderCon with Green Lantern Stars, Video, Vid-games on April 1
Warner Bros., having promoed Green Lantern at Comic-Con in July is moving on to WonderCon in April. The Martin Campbell movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the DC superhero opens wide June 17 in both 2-D and 3-D. The studio is taking Reynolds and co-stars Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard to the comics convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for first-day signing festivities followed by a panel at 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2011 11:26 AM
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Revivals: The Return of Schwarzenegger and the Western

Remakes and reboots are a dime a dozen these days, but roots run deeper for some more than others. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63, is getting back to work. And having been pronounced dead, the western genre is being welcomed by a new generation in both classic and hybrid forms.
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  • March 7, 2011 9:14 AM
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Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret

Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret
This year's Provincetown International Film Festival, which will showcase 50 films June 15-19, will honor Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) with its Filmmaker On The Edge Award, and actress-director Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground) with the Excellence in Acting Award. Executive director Gabby Hanna says each of them "represent the spirit and artistic voice of what filmmaking is today.” More information on the festival is here.
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  • March 7, 2011 8:30 AM
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Video: Cruise vs. Sheen, Saturday Night Live, Stark Raving Mad Libs

The basic profile of the grandiose movie star is not hard to track, from Tom Cruise to Charlie Sheen. When Reid Rosefelt slams them together (see video), it works. Try Michael Solomon's ingenious Stark Raving Mad Libs and Part Deux. And Saturday Night Live's inevitable Sheen video is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2011 8:26 AM
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Academy Names Beauchamp and Keating Academy Film Scholars; Accepting Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays

Academy Names Beauchamp and Keating Academy Film Scholars; Accepting Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays
One of the reasons the Academy is so eager to get good ratings at the Oscars is that the ad revenue that they raise that night funds all their ongoing activity, from exhibitions and programming to the Academy Library. They also back film scholarship and the high-profile Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition, which is now accepting entries for 2011. The Academy will award up to five $30,000 fellowships in November. Last year's competition drew 6,304 entries; since 1985, the Academy has awarded 118 fellowships, which function as a gateway to the industry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2011 7:20 AM
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Michael Moore Declares War on America's Uber-Class: "America is Not Broke"

Filmmaker/activist Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story) is on the war path against America's greed-is-good uber-rich. On Sunday he impulsively flew to join protesters in Madison, Wisconsin--and he is as angry as Inside Job Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson, who declared at the Academy Awards: "I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail. And that's wrong."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2011 6:37 AM
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