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5 Things You May Not Know About Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2012 11:00 AM
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51 years ago today, on April 19th 1961, Federico Fellini's masterpiece "La Dolce Vita" arrived in U.S. theaters. The film was already a phenomenon; it had premiered in Italy the previous February, was instantly condemned by the Catholic Church (it was even banned entirely in Spain until 1975), and won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960. On its U.S. release, it was widely acclaimed by critics, became a huge box office hit, and picked up four Oscar nominations the following year, including director and screenplay, and won for costume design.

Exclusive: Trailer For Tribeca Film Festival Doc 'Let Fury Have The Hour' Featuring John Sayles, Chuck D, Ian MacKaye & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 10:40 AM
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Sometimes the greatest and most profound art is created during moments of upheaval, as a reaction against a political or social climate that is seen as unjust. And that explosive blend of vision and expression will be on full display at the Tribeca Film Festival in the documentary "Let Fury Have the Hour."

Restored Cut Of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon A Time In America' With 40 More Minutes To Premiere At Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 10:18 AM
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Well, we're one day away from the unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival lineup, but as usual, organizers will also highlight films from the past, and in 2012 they've landed a restoration of a film that will be adding plenty of new material for cinephiles to take in.

5 Directors Who Could Take Over From Brad Bird On 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2012 10:00 AM
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Early this week, Brad Bird confirmed, via an interview with Crave, what many had long-assumed: despite "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" being the most successful of the franchise to date, the Pixar veteran wouldn't be returning for another crack at the Tom Cruise-led spy series, saying that "I think that one of the things that’s fun about the series is that they always pull in a different director and try to get a different kind of take on the premise."

Irvine Welsh Says 'Filth' With James McAvoy Aiming For TIFF Premiere

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 18, 2012 9:40 AM
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Since Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting” hit screens back in 1995, its source writer Irvine Welsh hasn’t really managed to become a fixture on the big screen. His writing credits have mostly been confined to shorts and TV movies, despite talk of an adaptation his “Trainspotting” sequel, “Porno,” never really going away since that novel was published a decade ago. But this all looks like it will soon change, with Welsh providing updates on a number of his projects via a diary in the Financial Times.

Watch: Brooklyn Decker Just Wants A Chicken Burrito In Clip From 'Battleship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 9:24 AM
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$200 million folly, or this summer's brainless "Transformers" programmer? We'll soon see, but if international audiences are any indication, no one reads reviews as "Battleship" has opened #1 in a number of territories, adding nearly $60 million to the war chest a full month before the waterlogged movie lands stateside. At the end of the day, people just want to see stuff explode as they're shoving greasy popcorn down their gullets. Or something. Anyway, until the movie says F6 at your local multiplex, a new clip has landed giving a look at a non-CGI sequence from the film.

Matt Lucas Joins 'Therese Raquin' With Elizabeth Olsen & Oscar Isaac; Also Playing Drag Queen Divine In Michael Winterbottom's 'King Of Soho'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 18, 2012 9:03 AM
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As one half of the comedic duo behind "Little Britain," Matt Lucas has stayed relatively close to his lighter wheelhouse when venturing onto the silver screen featuring in "Bridesmaids," "Gnomeo & Juliet" and the upcoming "Small Apartments." The actor, though, is in line for a bit of a gear change, joining Charlie Stratton's adaptation of Emile Zola's period-drama "Therese Raquin."

'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley & 'Smashed' Director James Ponsoldt Team For 'The Spectacular Now'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 18, 2012 8:44 AM
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After her breakout turn in "The Descendants," Shailene Woodley has been understandably inundated with offers for movies, reportedly turning down the seemingly-unnecessary remake of "Carrie," but has finally decided to keep doing what she does best: playing a teenager who's got trouble in front of her.

Steve Carell & Toni Collette Join 'The Way, Way Back,' The Directorial Debut for 'The Descendants' Writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 18, 2012 8:19 AM
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It's funny what a gold statue can do. "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have had their screenplay "The Way, Way Back" stuck in development for years, finally surfacing late last year. After winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, "The Way, Way Back" is moving forward quickly with Steve Carell and Toni Collette cast as the leads.

Nicolas Winding Refn Producing A Prequel To '80s Cult Horror Flick 'Maniac Cop'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 18, 2012 8:04 AM
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On top of a directorial career that's going from strength to strength, Nicolas Winding Refn has been getting into the producing game of late backing the remake of his original pic "Pusher" and an Icelandic crime-drama titled "Black's Game" -- both of which will be unveiled this year. The Dane has now set up a teaming with horror-specialist duo William Lustig and Larry Cohen, and will be producing a prequel to their 1988 high-concept horror-actioner, "Maniac Cop."

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