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    Telluride: Hilary Swank on Her Comedy Roots, How She Picks Roles and Why She Acts

    On Saturday, two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank received the Silver Medallion at this year's 41st annual Telluride Film Festival.

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    Lisa Cholodenko & Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Impresses in Venice

    The biggest positive surprise at Venice is probably Lisa Cholodenko’s HBO miniseries, “Olive Kitteridge.” Starring those national treasures Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins as the title character and her pharmicist husband, Henry, the four-part series travels through their lives over some 25 ye...

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    Screen Talk: Telluride and the Oscars, from 'Birdman' to 'The Imitation Game'

    On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate new movies "Wild," "Imitation Game" and "Birdman"--and which ones will have an impact on this year's Oscar race.

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    TIFF’s L.A. Reception

    For the first time ever, Toronto International Film Festival along with Telefilm Canada had a pre-Toronto reception for the trade. Held at Soho House on a flawless L.A. day, with views of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the trade had the happy hours to greet and ca...

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    Venice Review: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Falls Short of Its Ambition

    The Armenian genocide is explored with mixed results, but takes place on a grander scale than anything else in Akin's career to date.

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    Richard Lormand at the Toronto Film Festival 2014

    After a couple of years’ absence publicist/ producer, Richard Lormand is returning to Toronto with a satchel full of films. Check these out because when he chooses films, he chooses them well.

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    Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' 'Heaven Knows What,' 'Goodnight Mommy'

    The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported ...

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    Al Pacino Debuts Venice Films from David Gordon Green and Barry Levinson

    Can there be too much Al Pacino? Not in Venice, apparently, where he was the man of day three with two major films premiering – Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” But as much as I love the guy, after his two performances as old, sad, deranged men I was ready to ki...

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    Things I Learned at Telluride's 'Apocalypse Now' Anniversary Screening

    On the opening day of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, it was possible to spend several hours immersed in "Apocalypse Now", which received a special tribute, 35 years after its initial release in 1979.

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