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Gregg Araki's Controversial New Film 'White Bird in a Blizzard' Gets a Distributor (TRAILER)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," the controversial film out of Sundance in which star Shailene Woodley bares all.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 1:31 PM
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SXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful'

One of the more inspired aspects of this year’s SXSW is the newly added Episodic program, a showcase previewing yet-to-debut TV series. Episodic original content has clearly been undergoing a revolution. Indeed, the conversations surrounding small-screen content often eclipse what’s being said about big-screen fare. While, say, Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” and Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” debuted as one-offs in the festival world, expect this new sort of collective programming to catch on -- and fast -- at other major fests.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:27 AM
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Sundance Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' Starring Shailene Woodley, an Impressive if Flawed Suburban Tragedy

Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 12:31 PM
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Casting Watch: Eva Green Will Star in Rodriguez' 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' with JGL & Brolin UPDATED

Eva Green will play the lead role of Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-gestating "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a character described in the graphic novels as "every man's most glorious dreams come true, she's also every man's darkest nightmares."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Burton and Depp's 'Dark Shadows': Review Round-Up

Warner Bros.' trailer for Tim Burton's eighth collaboration with Johnny Depp, "Dark Shadows," had me salivating for a witty 70s romp at the movies. And the movie looks and sounds great, with a witty Danny Elfman 70s score and a strong cast. So why is the film such an enervating disappointment?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 11:11 AM
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Keeping Up With the Collins': Nine Character Posters from Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

What else to expect? The character posters from Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows" are pale, garish, gothic, and packed with attitude. In an era when advance marketing gets started earlier than ever, with less than a month before the May 11th release, Warner Bros. finally debuted their campy first trailer last week...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 21, 2012 12:00 PM
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