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Depp to Topline Two Films, Pfister's 'Transcendence' and Levinson's 'Black Mass'

After donning an incredible headdress and thick eyeliner in "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp is ready to move onto some new projects. First he will star in "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Then he plans to shoot "Black Mass," to be directed by Barry Levinson ("Wag the Dog," "Rain Man").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 27, 2013 9:53 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Maidentrip' Chronicles Teen Laura Dekker's Record-Breaking Sail Around the World

Check out this exclusive clip from Jillian Schlesinger's SXSW documentary "Maidentrip," following Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 3:05 PM
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New Clips from Steve Carell's SXSW Opener 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Check out two new TV spots and the trailer for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"; it will have its world premiere at SXSW when it opens the festival on March 8. The film opens in theaters March 15.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 2:54 PM
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LACMA Presents Far-Out Film Series 'Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Kubrick' [Vintage Trailers]

LACMA's highly successful engagement with the Stanley Kubrick exhibition is now in its second half, and the museum's always creative film programmer Bernardo Rondeau has put together the coinciding screening series "Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Kubrick." It runs March 22 - April 6, and includes Andrei Tarkovksy's "Solaris," Nicolas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (starring David Bowie) and Saul Bass' "Phase IV," including the lost alternate ending recently unveiled at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse. Vintage trailers for all films in the series below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 2:36 PM
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WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious'

The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Cane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 2:33 PM
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Tina Fey Defends Seth MacFarlane's Hosting of the Oscars: "It's the hardest job there is"

Seth MacFarlane has no plans to return to the Oscars. "No way," he tweeted. Tina Fey, for one, who hit it out of the park at the Globes with Amy Poehler, defends his performance as Oscar host. "It's the hardest job there is," she explains by phone. "It's a tough room. Seth did great."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 1:41 PM
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Catch Up on Oscar Winners, VOD-Style

If you missed the theatrical runs of some of Sunday night's Oscar-winning films, Movies On Demand has a slew of titles to get you caught up. Full list of available films below...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 1:40 PM
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Watch: "Lena Dunham" (Comedian Chelsea Davison) Auditions for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Check out this video of comedian Chelsea Davison doing a spot-on impression of Lena Dunham eating a muffin, over-analyzing the situation -- oh, and auditioning for an interrogation scene in "Zero Dark Thirty." Her main concern is that torturing a POW might lead to 30 years of therapy, which as a New Yorker she can't really afford.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 12:47 PM
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Now and Then: What's the Matter with Film Critics?

The only genuine surprise of Sunday night's Oscar telecast — varying levels of predictability, misogyny, and self-congratulations being par for the course these days — came during the "In Memoriam" montage, which by definition should be the least surprising moment of all.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2013 12:44 PM
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Review Roundup: 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' from Fee-Fi to Ho-Hum, End of Fairy Tale Rainbow?

Critics are divided on Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Eleanor Tomlinson. Some bluntly call it "pretty dumb" and label it as yet another Hollywood cash-in on the fairytale trend, while others find Singer's direction admirable -- "smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun." Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 12:40 PM
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