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First Look: Kristen Stewart's Mom Jules Makes Directorial Debut with Prison Drama 'K-11' [Trailer]

Jules Stewart (mother of "Twilight" star Kristen) makes her directorial debut with prison drama "K-11," centering on one man's saga after landing in the transgender inmate unit of the L.A. County jail. The film hits theaters and VOD on March 15. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 12:32 PM
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Digging into Costume Design, from Oscar-Winner 'Anna Karenina' to 'Les Miserables'

For the third year in a row, the symposium Sketch to Screen was one of the highlights of Oscar Week. Mounted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and moderated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the director of the Copley Centre for the Study of Costume Design, this year's entertaining and revealing panel...
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • February 27, 2013 12:31 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on 'Twice Told Tales,' Starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price Week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing "Twice Told Tales," adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne and a "budget-minded rip-off of the Corman omnibus" of Poe adaptations starring Price.
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  • February 27, 2013 11:06 AM
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My Night at the Oscars, from the Red Carpet to the Governor's Ball

It was mighty fun attending the Oscars as a guest, as opposed to standing on high heels with the print press off the red carpet or backstage, simultaneously tracking the show and winners' interviews. It's been a while since I covered inside the Oscar show for Premiere and EW--back at the Shrine and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Indiewire colleague and Oscar virgin Peter Knegt, sporting a new tuxedo, and I opted to walk to the show instead of driving. This required a police escort up Highland from Sunset to the red carpet entrance on Hollywood Boulevard. Sparkling big-haired Adele was behind us, wraith-like Anne Hathaway ahead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2013 4:27 PM
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Watch: 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Bendjelloul on the Road to Oscar [VIDEO]

When "Searching for Sugar Man" premiered at Sundance 2012, director Malik Bendjelloul had no idea it would make it all the way to the winner's podium on Oscar night. He also could never have imagined the film's story playing out the way it did. He was backpacking looking for stories for Swedish TV when he happened upon the Rodriguez saga. He calls it a "Cinderella" story. Watch our red carpet interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 26, 2013 3:43 PM
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Variety Drops Paywall, Kicks Gray Upstairs, Adds Eller for Editorial Troika

The Variety shoe has finally dropped as media mogul Jay Penske has tapped the L.A. Times' Claudia Eller and Variety staff editors Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein as the new editors-in-chief of Variety, charged with leading the 100-year-old trade through its next non-print evolution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2013 1:09 PM
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Drafthouse Films Nabs 'A Band Called Death,' Documentary on Lost and Reborn '70s Punk Group

Drafthouse Films has taken North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's documentary "A Band Called Death," chronicling the rise to cult stardom of '70s African-American proto-punk trio Death almost 30 years after the release of their forgotten demo tape. The film will screen at SXSW (March 8-16). Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Coen Brothers Rewriting 'Unbroken' for Angelina Jolie to Direct at Universal, Based on True Story of Olympian POW Louis Zamperini

UPDATE: Universal, Walden Media and Angelina Jolie have tapped Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite "Unbroken." Jolie will direct the project, which is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book about Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian runner who became a prisoner of war during WWII...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Hilarious Horror Title 'Theater of Blood,' Starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price Week is moving right along at Trailers from Hell, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Theater of Blood," a hilariously creative revenge-fantasy film in which Price exacts Shakespearean punishment on the critics who have panned his stage performances over the years.
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  • February 26, 2013 12:03 PM
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Andy Samberg's Tasteful Indie Spirit Awards Monologue, 'Bad Lip Reading,' 'Beast It' and Skype Audition Sketches [Video]

Andy Samberg got it right. The SNL alum hosted Saturday night's Independent Spirit Awards, the penultimate show before Sunday's Oscars, and he led the evening with perfectly goofy candor. Everyone played along and the audience reaction shots were actually a pleasure to watch -- a contrast to Sunday night's Oscars.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 26, 2013 11:09 AM
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