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Graig Gillespie To Direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Portman's Handsomecharlie Films Producing

Craig Gillespie (Lars and The Real Girl) will direct the Lionsgate adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films and Darko Entertainment are producing. The adaptation is based on Seth Graham-Smith's 2009 zombified expansion novel of the Jane Austen classic, a NYT Bestseller and Oprah's "Summer Reading List" mention. He also wrote the screenplay.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 6:56 AM
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IndiePix Goes Unlimited with Indie Film Streaming

IndiePix invites you to subscribe starting on April 19 to its new online indie VOD streaming site, IndiePix Unlimited. 200 indie titles will be available at first, growing fast. The LA Times is a presenting sponsor; affiliate sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine and thirteen indie film sites and blogs.The site will feature premieres for recent Venice, Cannes, Tribeca, and Sundance award winning films and filmmakers - titles that are not available on any other streaming subscription site. It will open for consumer signups and film choices on April 19, 2011 at 9am EDT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2011 6:40 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Juries Include Russell, Wiest, Dano, Cera, Lebowitz, Wilson, Egoyan

Tribeca's Jury Members are announced for the 2011 Film Festival. The 38 filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, journalists and media peers include David O. Russell, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest, Souleymane Cissé, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary, Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz. They are divided into six competition categories (as listed below), and will announce their chosen winners (who will receive a combined $175K in cash and prizes) at the TFF Awards ceremony on April 28 (streaming live on TribecaFilm.com). Fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal says the jury members bring a "fresh and well-rounded perspective." The complete list of jury members is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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Cannes Preview: Von Trier's Romantic Melancholia, Pitt & Penn, Miss Bala & Habemus Papam

- Melancholia is the name of Lars von Trier's Cannes-bound film, which features a huge planet that dooms Earth. Von Trier tells Empire that he "liked the idea of being 'swallowed' by Melancholia. I thought that was quite nice. And then I read today that that's actually one of the virtues of romanticism – willingly being purified by dying. In fact, the film contains maybe more of the original idea of romanticism. I'm just saying that a lot of films today, their interpretation of romanticism is... quite boring, I think.” As to how the director--who is legendary for abusing actors from Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist) and Bjork (Dancer in the Dark) to Nicole Kidman (Dogville)--treated star Kirsten Dunst [pictured], he adds: “I think that Kirsten got off FAR too easy. FAR too easy. She was not dragged through any masturbation. She had a very smooth ride, I would say. But she did an extremely good job.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 5:29 AM
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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Winners, Lead By Udaan

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces its 2011 winners, who were announced at the April 17 gala closing of the fest. Disney's Zokkomon (opens stateside April 22) also had its world premiere at the gala. The festival screened 32 features, docs and shorts at Hollywood's ArcLight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 4:57 AM
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Summer Preview: X-Men: First Class Boasts Stellar Cast; Photo Gallery [UPDATED]

Twentieth Century Fox's Marvel prequel X-Men: First Class, with five credited writers so far, has been embroiled in a long, problematic, over-schedule shoot on locations in England, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Russia, with a curtailed post-production hurtling toward a June 3 finish line. Nonetheless its strong cast makes me want to see it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2011 1:35 AM
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Thor Early Reviews: Good Not Great, Hemsworth and Gods Better Than Earthlings [UPDATED]

Thor Early Reviews: Good Not Great, Hemsworth and Gods Better Than Earthlings [UPDATED]
Paramount screened the first summer movie, Kenneth Branagh's Thor (May 6), for junket press and critics. Here's a sampling of early reviews, which largely agree that this is a good, not great comic-to-screen adaptation, Chris Hemsworth breaks out in the title role, and the film's earth-bound sections are its weakest:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2011 8:06 AM
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Weekend Box Office Roars Back as Best Opener of Year Rio Beats Scream 4 Horror Fest

Weekend Box Office Roars Back as Best Opener of Year Rio Beats Scream 4 Horror Fest
The spring box office finally brought upbeat news as animated family movie Rio beat sequel scary movie Scream 4, marking the year's best opening, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 17, 2011 4:24 AM
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Cannes Preview: This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn as Aging Rock Star

Sean Penn stars in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's English-language debut This Must Be the Place, which will premiere in competition at Cannes. Sorrentino's masterful portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti Il Divo, featuring a tour-de-force performance by Toni Servillo, was compelling even to an outsider to labyrinthine Italian politics. (Here's Variety's review, trailer is below.) The biopic was a hit at Cannes in 2008.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2011 11:14 AM
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Google Video: Happy Birthday Charlie!

Google celebrates Charlie Chaplin's 122nd birthday (born April 16, 1889) with an homage YouTube video from Google's Doodle team (more classic clips and links below):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2011 6:59 AM
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