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I Saw the Devil Early Reviews, Kim Jee-woon and Lee Byung-hun Interview: Vengeance is Mine

Korean director Kim Jee-woon is the real deal. He's a smart visually canny director with a sharp sense of humor who adeptly plays with genres, from his sixth film, the wacky Oriental western hit The Good, The Bad, and the Weird to the serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, which also features Good Bad Weird star Lee Byung-hun.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2011 9:29 AM
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Upcoming: Dylan Dog Gets April Release, Sorvino & Mulroney Pair for Trade of Innocents

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, a bestselling comic book series blending humor and horror has been adapted into a film starring Brandon Routh (a.k.a. the man who played Superman [Superman Returns, 2006] before Henry Cavill), Sam Huntington and Anita Briem, and directed by Kevin Munroe. The film will be released by Omnilab Media (newly formed by Omni and Freestyle Releasing) on April 29. The film is set in New Orleans' backstreets and follows Dylan Dog, a private investigator of the undead: "No pulse, no problem" reads his business card. Omnilab's Christopher Mapp says "Dylan Dog is one of the most beloved comic characters in the world…through the new Omni/FSR label, we will expand Dylan¹s popularity to a whole new set of fans in America."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 3, 2011 7:29 AM
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Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy: Brother Says There Won't Be A Fourth Book

Word and Film's Christine Spines interviews Stieg Larsson's brother Joakim on whether a fourth Millennium series book will see the light of day. The answer? No.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 3, 2011 6:50 AM
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Oscar Box Office Bump for King's Speech and Black Swan

Oscar Box Office Bump for King's Speech and Black Swan
While Oscar wins can have a big impact on subsequent box office, some years they just don't. This year has seen a big boost in ticket sales from Oscar nominations on quite a few awards contenders. Anthony D'Alessandro looks at the numbers; see Oscar Bump Chart (below).Oscars have been handed out, but award season still isn’t over at the box office.  A best picture win can translate into an extra 20% bump after Oscar night, while an actress or actor trophy can trigger an extra 30-50% in a film’s domestic cume.   Fox Searchlight’sBlack Swanwill expand Friday from its current 617 locales to 681.  At $103.83 million, the film recently inched out The Chronicles of Narnia 3($103.81 million) to become Fox’s highest-grossing 2010 domestic release.   Meanwhile the Weinstein Co. is plotting to unspool its PG-13 take on King’s Speech at some point down the road, but will continue to play out its R-rated reel currently at 2,386 sites.  No matter what version of King’s Speech audiences attend --with or without the ‘F’ words-- Weinstein Co. president David Glasser insists that there’s are still crowds who haven’t seen the period piece, despite its 93% domestic B.O. boost between noms and Oscar Night.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 3, 2011 6:26 AM
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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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