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Director Zack Parker on his unforgettable thriller 'Proxy'

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Seeing director Zack Parker’s new thriller Proxy will undoubtedly represent two of the most unforgettable hours you spend in the cinema this year — if, that is, you can get past the first five minutes. In the film, Alexia Rasmussen plays a heavily pregnant woman named Esther who loses her baby as the result of a brutal beating, which takes place in the aforementioned opening minutes, and subsequently befriends another bereaved mother called Melanie (Alexa Havins) at a grief support group. But is Melanie quite what she seems? And, for that matter, is Esther? READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Leighton Meester signed on to the BFF dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.

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'Stage Fright' filmmakers talk Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, and musical mayhem -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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How gory is the new slasher movie Stage Fright? This gory: During her post-shoot ADR recording session, actress Minnie Driver wouldn’t even watch her own, very early demise. “It was too gruesome for her,” says director Jerome Sable.

So why did Driver agree to appear in the film in the first place? “She had been in The Phantom of the Opera, the film version [of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway show],” explains Sable. “So I appealed to her on that level.”

Oh, right. There’s something we forgot to mention about Stage Fright. In addition to being a full-on, blood-soaked horror flick, the film is also a full-fledged, song-packed, musical.

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Robert Pattinson gets apocalyptic in trailer for 'The Rover' -- VIDEO

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As a keen student of the Mad Max movies, I’m never sure whether the Australian countryside will be the best, or the absolute worst, place to hole up come the inevitable apocalypse. And the trailer for the new, Cannes-selected film The Rover only makes the issue murkier.

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Tribeca Film Festival: Nas music documentary 'Time is Illmatic' premieres opening night

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9.

The film — which premiered at New York’s Beacon Theater — chronicles the rapper’s journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, widely considered one of the best rap albums of all time.

“The nature of the subject is about surviving and thriving,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “That’s what New York did post-9/11,” when Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff held the first Tribeca fest. “And that’s what Nas has done in his career. It’s about bridging cultures and bridging communities — that’s what his work is about.”

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Tribeca Film Festival: Check out a terrifying still from 'Extraterrestrial' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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There are essentially two kinds of alien movies — the kind in which bicycles are magically transformed into flying machines, and the kind in which people’s insides are rather less magically transformed into lunch.

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Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' will resume, move production to LA

Production on Midnight Rider will resume in June but will relocate from Georgia to Los Angeles in the aftermath of a deadly on-set train track accident which killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February.

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play 'Border Guards'; Plus, Sharon Stone, more

Step Brothers and Talladega Nights co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are in talks to re-team for Sony’s Border Guards. The comedic duo would play a pair of friends who decide to become boarder guards and end up stranded in Mexico with no way to get back. Their longtime collaborator Adam McKay may direct, and The Thick of It‘s Jesse Armstrong is writing the script. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Box office brief: Will Christian audiences turn out for 'Heaven Is for Real'?

It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.

While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion‘s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere and stunned the major studios with its mighty box office ascent. The $2 million film, now playing in 1,860 locations, has made nearly $41.5 million in just four weekends in theaters.

Now, TriStar Pictures is rolling out its drama Heaven Is for Real on Wednesday in 2,400 locations. Based on the best-selling book by Pastor Todd Burpo about his real-life encounter with the divine, Heaven Is for Real tells the story of his young son, who claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Greg Kinnear portrays the pastor in the adaptation, and newcomer Connor Corum plays his son Colton. Despite the heavy religious bent, analysts believe that the film will play to both faith-based and mainstream audiences and predict a $20 million five-day opening for the $12 million film. READ FULL STORY

'Obvious Child' trailer: Jenny Slate hits rock bottom in Brooklyn -- VIDEO

Jenny Slate’s Donna Stern is having a rough time. She’s a 27-year-old struggling stand-up comedian. Her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. She’s resorted to stalking him in her desperation. And she’s just found out she’s pregnant from a one night stand, and the only date available for an abortion happens to be Valentine’s Day.

Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Jake Lacy (as the possibly too nice one night stand), Gaby Hoffman (as Donna’s supportive, manic friend), and David Cross (as a fellow stand-up).

Check out the first trailer after the jump and watch as Donna goes on a drunken rant on stage, pees in public, and generally tries to get through the mess of being a twenty-something with the help of a little wry humor.

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