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Meek's Cutoff Early Reviews: "Beckettian Harshness," Williams Is "Show-Stealingly Brilliant"

Kelly Reichardt's austere western Meek's Cutoff hits theatres April 8. A roundup of early reviews is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2011 6:25 AM
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Casting Watch: Hunger Games Eyes Oscar Nominees Lawrence, Steinfeld, Breslin; Diane Lane is Supermom

The Hunger Games is eyeing Jennifer Lawrence (interview), Hailee Steinfeld (interview) and Abigail Breslin for the series' leading lady, 16-year old Katniss Everdeen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 3, 2011 5:28 AM
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Oscar-Winner Portman "Proud to be Jewish," Speaks Against Galliano's Rant, Gitai's Free Zone Screens

Natalie Portman may start wearing and selling another perfume. She's standing up for Israel and Judaism as a proud Jewish woman who debuted as Anne Frank on Broadway in 1997. Oscar-winning Portman has cut her ties to Dior's now-fired chief designer John Galliano after his anti-Semitic rant (he'll have to stand trial).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 10:15 AM
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Focus Features' Africa First Program Accepting Entries

In its fourth year, Focus Features' Africa First Program is accepting entries May 16 - August 22. The initiative gives grants of up to $10,000 to emerging African filmmakers making narrative short films within continental Africa, and seeks to unite filmmakers with each other as well as advisors and mentors within the African film network.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 9:31 AM
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Oscars 2011: Best of Vanity Fair's Oscar Party Photos

Busy Philipps & Michelle Williams
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 7:59 AM
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SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles

SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles
The SXSW Film Fest closer on March 19 is Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck (pictured), a documentary about country actor/singer/activist Willie Nelson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:58 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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In Development: Hoult's Giant Killer and Warm Bodies; Bardem in Dark Tower; Yet Another Fairy Tale

- A Single Man star Nicholas Hoult (pictured in a campaign for director/fashion designer Tom Ford) is on the rise with X-Men First Class, Jack and the Giant Killer, and now, Warm Bodies and the stalled Mad Max: Fury Road are in the works. X-Men opens June 3, Bryan Singer's Jack and the Giant Killer, a modern fairytale retelling (sounds familiar), is in pre-production at Warner Bros. (set to shoot mid-March with Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and the just-cast Brit actress Eleanor Tomlinson, set to play Princess Isabella). Summit's Warm Bodies, to be directed by Jonathan Levine off an Isaac Marion book, is set for a summer production. Described as a hybrid of Twilight and Shaun of the Dead, the story follows an existentially-tormented zombie who befriends the girlfriend of one of his victims. Hoult first got our attention in 2002's About A Boy, when he was just 12 years old.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 6:30 AM
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Oscar-Winner Susanne Bier to Shoot All You Need is Love

Susanne Bier has picked her follow-up to the Oscar-winning In a Better World. She will shoot comedy All You Need Is Love with a Danish cast on the Amalfi coast in Italy in May, she told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "It's a tender story with a much lighter atmosphere than my previous works: enough with conflicts."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 5:53 AM
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Women In Film's Film Finishing Fund in its 26th Year: Now Accepting Applications

The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund is accepting applications now through April 29 for cash grants and production services for films by, for and about women. Founded in 1985, the WIFF FFF has given more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to some 170 films. For the third year, Netflix is sponsoring the fund and offering distribution consultation in addition to the cash prizes. According to Netflix's Content Acquisition VP Cindy Holand, "WIF is a critical force behind the success of some of Hollywood’s most innovative minds."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2011 4:58 AM
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