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Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

TIFF '11: New Films From Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney & More Added To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 2:30 AM
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Controversial Cannes Critics Week Entry 'Snowtown,' 'Kill List,' 'Oslo August 31,' 'Pina' Also Among The HighlightsYep, it's that time of year again: Rise of the Planet of Film Festivals. TIFF and Venice already announced their first wave of titles last week, but don't fret, movie lovers, as today the good folks in Toronto have opened the curtain on their next batch of titles, focusing heavily on their Midnight Madness and documentary slate of programming. So let's get to the films you should be seeing, shall we?

Sundance Selects Tangos With Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Pic 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 9:43 AM
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We're not the first people who would be lining up to watch modern dance -- it's just not our bag -- but leave it to Wim Wenders to fire up our interest. A stunning trailer for the his dance film "Pina" dropped last year and suddenly the film moved quickly up our "must see" list for this year. Vibrant and dazzling, Wenders dusts off the stodgy and pretentious trappings that dance usually falls into and gives it fresh life. And it will be landing in theaters in a matter of weeks.

Watch: Dazzling, Lively Trailer For Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Doc 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 10:52 AM
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We'll be honest here. A documentary on dance isn't exactly our first choice for something to watch. Call us snobs, but hey, dance just isn't our bag. Combine that with a vehicle directed by Wim Wenders -- a great filmmaker to be sure -- who hasn't made a worthwhile film in years. So we'll be damned then if the trailer for "Pina," the long gestating tribute/documentary on famed choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch doesn't look absolutely fascinating.

Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus,' Miranda July's 'The Future' & Wim Wenders' 'Pina' Added To Berlinale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2010 2:22 AM
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Sundance is obviously a great festival, and sets the pace for the rest of the year, as far as domestic indie cinema goes. But for more international fare, it's sometimes a little bit lacking, and fans of subtitled cinema tend to cast their eyes to the Berlinale in February, which, while often featuring highlights from the Park City line-up and premieres from American auteurs (last year saw the likes of "Please Give," "Greenberg" and "Shutter Island" make the schedule), also features the highlights from European cinema that'll do the rounds at festivals for the rest of the year -- the 2010 version saw Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," "Submarino" and "A Somewhat Gentle Man" all make their debuts.

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