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Weekend Preview: Madea, RPattz, Witherspoon & Elephants, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Incendies

Weekend Preview: Madea, RPattz, Witherspoon & Elephants, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Incendies
Tyler Perry fans and Robert Pattinson shriekers can flock to theaters this weekend. In the meantime, check out a variety of alternatives from the indiesphere.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 7:15 AM
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Relativity Dates House on the End of the Street, Starring Jennifer Lawrence

Relativity Media has picked an opening date for its thriller pick-up House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Theriot. The film will open wide on February 3, 2012. Mark Tonderai directs and David Loucka's script about a teenager (Lawrence) who moves with her mom (Shue) to a new town and learns that their home is next door to the site of a double murder. She makes friends with the massacre's sole survivor (Thieriot).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 6:32 AM
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San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor

San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor
While roaming festival reporter Meredith Brody missed Berlin this year, she's back on the case in San Francisco this week as the 54th film festival gets under way there. Can you tell she's also a food critic?The San Francisco Film Festival folks couldn’t have come up with a better opening night ploy if they’d plotted it.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED
Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she's front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 4:56 AM
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Jeremy Renner Offered Lead in Tony Gilroy's Bourne Continuation: Not as Bourne, Folks

It's confirmed, but no surprise. Writer-director Tony Gilroy has offered Jeremy Renner the lead in his Bourne franchise continuation. But he'd be playing a different assassin, who went through the same training program as Matt Damon's Bourne. (Which leaves open the possibility of Damon's eventual return.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 22, 2011 4:20 AM
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TV Review: Upstairs, Downstairs Redux

TV Review: Upstairs, Downstairs Redux
If you are an Anglophile who grew up as I did with the Bellamys, Mr. Hudson, Rose Buck and Upstairs, Downstairs, you'll feel right at home with a new set of socially ambitious young aristocrats setting up their new home in 1936 at 165 Eaton Place.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 11:16 AM
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Sebastian Junger's Tribute to Tim Hetherington, Video Diary

Sebastian Junger's Tribute to Tim Hetherington, Video Diary
As much as I admired Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist who bled to death Wednesday in Misrata, Libya, struck by a mortar, I also respect his confrere and comrade, Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger, who is a fine writer. Check out this Vanity Fair tribute piece (below) he wrote to Hetherington. It made me cry, yet again.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 10:35 AM
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Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer

Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer
Kelly Reichardt teaches filmmaking at Bard College in New York, and writes and directs rigorous low-budget indie films on the side. Her latest, Meek's Cutoff, is even better than her last, Wendy and Lucy, which was better than Old Joy, which I found a tough slog. Star Michelle Williams may have made some of the difference on the last two, but perhaps in spite of herself, Reichardt's austere, thoughtful films are gaining accessibility as she goes along. In person, she's seriously charming. Herewith, Professor Reichardt's tips for making a good indie movie:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 8:19 AM
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The Tree of Life Delivers Dinosaur Picture

In case you weren't already excited for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (premiering at Cannes May 16, limited stateside release May 27), here's the latest picture-- revealing a dinosaur. (This is a higher-res version of the tiny photo included in the poster art.) Sight unseen, it's hard to label The Tree of Life with a genre. Let's call it a supernatural-sci-fi-period-epic-coming-of-age-drama.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 21, 2011 7:17 AM
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Time 100 for 2011: Colfer, Damon, Hastings, Zuckerberg, Poehler, Oprah, Wahlberg, Rudin, Lively

The Time 100 for 2011 illustrates how powerful media and movies are in turning folks into trending influencers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 7:06 AM
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