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SXSW Releases Full 2012 Festival Lineup

Unknown ObjectThe South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival today revealed the full lineup for its 2012 conference and festival, scheduled to open on March 9 with the premiere screening of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," and run through March 17 in Austin, Texas.
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  • February 15, 2012 3:00 PM
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Women In Film Adds 11 New Members to Board of Directors

Women In Film, Los Angeles, adds 11 new members to its Board of Directors. Orly Adelson, Adriana Alberghetti, Stephanie Allain, Darla K. Anderson, Holly Bario, Janet Daily, Sue Naegle, Keri Putnam, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Nell Scovell and Winnie Wong join the non-profit, led by returning second term president, producer Cathy Schulman ("Crash").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 5:48 PM
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'Waiting to Exhale' Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: 'In Her Honor'

The "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston's sudden death. "I don’t think she would want it to [perish]," said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is "almost in her honor," she adds.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:27 PM
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Academy Accepts Entries for 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
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Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Stars Indie Fave Gerwig

Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University. 
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 14, 2012 12:54 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Studios Raid Hitchcock Files, First 'Rebecca,' Now 'Suspicion'

Joan Fontaine was nominated for the Oscar for two back-to-back Hitchcock masterpieces, 1940's "Rebecca" and 1941's "Suspicion," and won for the latter. In the space of a week it looks like two studios are prepping remakes of those films. Of course, Working Title/DreamWorks and Montecito/Paramount insist that they are returning to the source, Daphne Du Maurier and Francis Iles ("Before the Fact"), respectively. (UPDATE: For more on these Hitchcock films, read Dave Kehr's latest NYT DVD column.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 9:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Another 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Emma Watson

Just as one "Beauty and the Beast," with French stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, gets underway, Warner Bros. is pushing Guillermo del Toro to direct his planned production of "Beauty and the Beast," with Brit TV scribe Andrew Davies ("The Three Musketeers") working from his treatment, reports Variety. Del Toro would produce with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 7:37 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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Weekend Video Sales: 'The Twilight' Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Sells 3.2 Million DVD and Blu-Ray Units

Forget weekend box office. This past weekend marked the launch of the home video release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn --Part 1," which has already grossed $700 million worldwide. The film sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray units.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 2:22 PM
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Guardian's First Film Award Goes to Ireland's 'The Guard'; Director McDonagh 'Pretty Surprised and Very Pleased'

John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleeson, has won the Guardian's First Film Award (in its fourth year). Guardian awards judge and film critic Peter Bradshaw says, "This was an exceptionally good year for debut work and our shortlist was packed with excellent work...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2012 8:57 AM
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