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The Crow Reboot Lands Director

Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 11:58 AM
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BAM Blows Out DePalma's Suspense

Brian DePalma is one of those filmmakers whose profile has lost luster over the years along with his commercial studio cred. It shouldn't. Simon Abrams writes about the thrillmeister on a the eve of a BAM retrospective:This weekend, Brooklynites can pump themselves up for the Criterion Collection's forthcoming release of Brian De Palma's Blow Out by checking out the BAMcinemathek retrospective aptly titled "De Palma's Suspense." Programmed by Noah Baumbach, this year’s BAM Cinema Club Chair, the thirteen day-long series showcase is a perfect way to see De Palma's films. It's also a great opportunity to check out Dressed to Kill and Obsession, two of De Palma's best films that are both unfortunately no longer available on DVD.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • April 7, 2011 9:40 AM
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Anne Hathaway Talks Hosting Oscars on Today Show: Will She Host Again? "Maybe...Perhaps No"

Skip ahead to 3:09 for Anne Hathaway reminiscing on her Oscar hosting experience...Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 8:35 AM
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Gabriel Sunday Talks My Suicide, Starring Late David Carradine, Opens in May Via Distrib Big Air

It's been two years since David Lee Miller's My Suicide played the 2009 fest circuit, from Berlin (where it won The Crystal Bear) and Gen Art (best picture and actor, Gabriel Sunday), to SXSW, San Francisco and Seattle. The movie, which deploys cinema verite techniques to document a teen's quest to do himself in, kept distribution hope alive via an active Facebook page. Miller worked closely with his son Jason and his videographer star Sunday, who plays Archie, the film's "isolated, narcissistic blob,"as he describes it. They constantly raised coin for the film, which Sunday often shot himself, using multiple video cameras. It took three years to edit 15 terrabytes of footage. "It has this crazy ADD feeling to it," says Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 8:18 AM
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YouTube's Figglehorn Goes 3-D as Lionsgate's Night of the Living Fred

Lucas Cruikshank's YouTube creation and sensation "Fred Figglehorn" is getting a 3-D movie. Lionsgate, Varsity Pictures and The Collective are producing Night of the Living Fred, which is a follow-up to 2010's Fred: The Movie (which debuted on Nickelodeon). While Lionsgate has North American distribution rights, they are selling international rights to the film. Family Guy's David A. Goodman wrote the script and John Fortenberry (Blue Mountain State) is directing. Lionsgate production/development president Michael Paseornek says:“We're always excited to partner with talent who has a direct relationship with a broad online fan base, because there are so many possibilities for engaging that audience throughout the filmmaking and marketing process.  Lucas is a true next generation entertainer, and we are so proud to bring Fred, the unique character he created, to his fans in 3D. Fred has already conquered the online world and achieved record ratings for Nickelodeon, and we believe he's ready for his feature film debut." 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 7:50 AM
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Javier Bardem for Dark Tower, Penelope Cruz & Woody Allen Reteam, The Hobbit's Legolas & Gollum

Husband and wife (and new parents) Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz both boast new projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 5:43 AM
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Helen Mirren & Billy Crystal Star in When Harry Met Sally 2...Or, Grampires

When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren from Billy Crystal[Funny or Die]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 5:39 AM
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Cannes 2011: Bong Joon-ho Serving as President of the Camera d'Or Jury

Korean director Bong Joon-ho will serve as the president of the Camera d’Or jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The jury will choose the best first film presented in the fest's official selection of Competition and Un Certain Regard contenders during the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 5:35 AM
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Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock

Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock
Thursday I'm heading up to Oregon's Ashland Independent Film Festival (the tenth), where I'll be interviewing this year's AIFF Rogue Award winners, Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap, The Big Uneasy) and Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold). I will also check out Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar at the famous Ashland Shakespeare Festival. I'm on the film fest's doc jury, along with filmmaker/blogger A.J. Schnack and doc PR master Judy Arlington. We'll hand out awards Sunday night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 5:19 AM
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Relativity Adds Curtin as Marketing Chief

Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanugh made official Wednesday his appointment of Terry Curtin as president of theatrical marketing. Curtin will leave her gig as co-president of entertainment at the Cimarron Group to oversee Relativity's marketing planning, strategy and execution. Peter Adee recently chose to leave the post after an eight-month transition following Relativity's takeover of Overture. (More details below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 12:36 PM
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