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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

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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SFIFF To Honor Serge Bromberg, Present His Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D

The San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 21 - May 5, will present the Mel Novikoff Award to Serge Bromberg, in recognition of his invaluable contributions as cinematic enthusiast, collector, preservationist, exhibitor and programmer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2011 6:25 AM
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Relativity's Movie Network Adds ScreenRant Movie Site

Relativity Media’s advertising and promotion network, The Movie Network, has added Vic Holtreman's popular fanboy site ScreenRant.com, which grew its base by covering sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films. Per ComScore, ScreenRant now reaches 800,000 unique users per month. ScreenRant.com joins a growing list of sites that sign on with Q1Media-managed TheMovieNetwork to increase their ad sales.
The Movie Network is a part of entertainment advertising and promotional network The Rogue Network, which is managed by Q1Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 6:04 AM
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Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix
Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via its website and Facebook. For $10 a month, you can browse, sample, clip and stream its library of 2500 films, from Fritz Lang and Maya Deren classics to Alex Cox and Derek Jarman indies or Sundance docs. (Shorts are in the mix too, especially as a mobile app comes online.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 4:58 AM
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Summit Closes $750 Million Funding; Develops New York Times Article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour"

 No, James Cameron has not picked up the rights to the December 25 New York Times article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour, although he might turn up as a character in the final movie that Summit Entertainment and Participant Media are developing about the BP Oil disaster (with backing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi). And Summit confirms that it has finally closed a new $750 million deal, for a $550-million term loan plus a $200-million revolving line of credit, led by banks JP Morgan and UBS AG.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 12:04 AM
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Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation

Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation
Defying every convention of the animated genre, Gore Verbinski's PG-rated $135-million Rango opened well, at $38 million. Why? As Verbinski (who jumped ship on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after three installments) has been saying to anyone who will listen, audiences want originality. They want to be surprised. And animation offers the last refuge for the creative, free from many of the imitative constraints imposed by Hollywood. While Paramount agreed to fund the project off a rough story reel of the entire film--which Verbinski describes as "an animated Sergio Leone movie"-- clearly the filmmaker was left to his own devices on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 9:12 AM
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