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    Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

    On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" a...

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    Science Chases the Impossible in Todd Miller's Moving, Provocative Doc 'Dinosaur 13' (TRAILER)

    One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered at Sundance and hits theaters August 15 from Lionsgate, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.

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    'Frank,' Starring Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head, Totally Rocks (TRAILER)

    In Lenny Abrahamson’s lovely film ‘Frank,’ Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a would-be musician who works an office job by day. It’s possible he doesn’t have a lot of talent.

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    Kickstarter Film Festival Hits Los Angeles

    Kickstarter has made a lot of projects possible, including many films, and as there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than anywhere in the world, the crowdsourcing site is continuing the 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival--which launched in Brooklyn's Fort Greene (where the company is h...

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    Only Three Women-Directed Films Scheduled for NYFF's Main Slate

    They are Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders," Asia Argento's "Misunderstood," and Mia Hansen-Love's "Eden."

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    TIFF Brings International Trailblazers Into the Spotlight with Asian Film Summit, Doc Talks & More

    As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet.

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    'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

    David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten...

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    Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

    In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as t...

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    After TIFF Debut, Hong Kong/New York Actioner 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' to Go to DirectTV before A24 Release (TRAILER)

    Talk about mean streets. A24 and DirecTV are partnering to release English-language Hong Kong/New York action film "Revenge of the Green Dragons," a true story directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for "The Departed," a remake of Lau’...

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