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Tribeca 2011: Spotlight, Cinemania and ESPN Sports Film Festival Lineups

The Tribeca Film Festival, in its tenth year, runs April 20 - May 1. Of the lineup for its Spotlight and Cinemania programs, as well as its special screening and ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup (below) programming director David Kwok says: “Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year. The program is about both discovery and showcasing a broad range of filmmaking to our eclectic and diverse audiences who are passionate about film.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:59 AM
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Do Something Reel Film Festival Travels USA To Support Green Filmmaking

Whole Foods Markets' Do Something Reel Film Festival will launch April 1. In celebration of Earth Month, the festival will travel to 70 cities across America with six films to help remind audiences of the small changes they can make to benefit the planet, while also supporting environmental "green" filmmaking.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:44 AM
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SXSW Video: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Twilight, Women in Hollywood

SXSW Video: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Twilight, Women in Hollywood
Women directors really do have a tough time. So many factors work against them, no matter how successful they are, in terms of what the powers that be will let them do. Big-budget action films? Mimi Leder and Kathryn Bigelow are among the few who have been allowed into that club. Back in the day when Renny Harlin and Rachel Talalay both directed hit horror sequels, he got a career and she didn't. Even after Twilight, Hardwicke couldn't land the gig directing The Fighter, which went to a director, David O. Russell, who had been in movie jail. It's a boys' club, one in which failure for women is not tolerated. After she turned down the Twilight sequel because it was on a fast track and she wanted more time, Hardwicke tried to make Hamlet with Emile Hirsch, but has yet to raise the money.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2011 12:31 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Battle: Los Angeles Grabs Men; Red Riding Hood is Soft

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]The action blockbuster trumped the tween fairy tale at the weekend box office, while Jane Eyre scored the best specialty opening of the year (see indieWIRE). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.A disaster film showed some fireworks at the weekend box office but not enough to make up for the damage many distributors have endured this year. Sony’s sci-fi invasion title Battle: Los Angeles easily secured $36 million at 3,417 theaters, showing that old tricks still work. Despite the gripes that this year has been plagued by bad movies and that the younger audience remains bored, Battle: Los Angeles, which is equal parts District 9 and 2012, proves that the masses are still suckers for formula.  The film is a win on several fronts: first, it’s a cheap mini-tentpole at $70 million. Second it’s critic-proof, bucking its 32% rotten rating for respective A and A- Cinemascores among the under 18-ers and under 25ers. Lastly, Battle: Los Angeles bested its $35 million estimate. I Am Number Four was projected to win No. 1 over the Feb. 18-20 frame, Hall Pass beat Gnomeo and Juliet in its opening and Rango was estimated to post $50-$70 million during its first sesh. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 13, 2011 7:23 AM
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SXSW Day One: Early Buzz, Opener Source Code Plays Well

SXSW Day One: Early Buzz, Opener Source Code Plays Well
People keep telling me to see Ti West's horror flick The Innkeepers. So I'll check it out Saturday night. That's what film festivals do. They start buzz on a movie that few have seen or know anything about, and suddenly a career is born--or not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2011 10:49 AM
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Hunger Games Franchise Wants Lawrence for Lead

Jennifer Lawrence has been weighing her options since she garnered an Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone. (TOH's flip cam interview is here.) Producers Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and director Gary Ross, the filmmakers behind Lionsgate's promising book-to-film franchise, The Hunger Games (March 2012), have opted to go older for the key role of tough Katniss Everdeen, who fights for survival in a dystopian future, casting Lawrence over younger actresses Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld, reports Variety. Billy Ray adapted the Suzanne Collins novel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2011 4:40 AM
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Tarantino Programs New Beverly Cinema: Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, Mazursky and Grindhouse

New Beverly Cinema's March schedule is programmed by the owner and birthday boy himself, Quentin Tarantino (he turns 48 on March 27). Take a look at a selection of what's he's chosen to screen this month, listed below. The complete schedule, which includes Paul Mazursky and Grindhouse Nights, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and much more is here. Many screenings are already sold out, so if you'd like to celebrate March Tarantino-style, act fast.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke

- Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton’s Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:40 AM
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Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Certified Copy, Mars Needs Moms, Black Death

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman provide ample violence and machismo. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Abrams and Spielberg's Super 8

Paramount has released a full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 (June 10). Here are seven reasons to be excited about the original 70s-set filmmaking thriller.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2011 2:53 AM
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