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TV's Elisabeth Moss & Michelle Dockery Head for Indie Film with Alex Ross Perry's 'Queen of Earth'

It's something of an anomaly these days when not one, but two of TV's biggest stars head for indie film and not the other way around. So it goes for Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of Earth," which will pair "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" as girlfriends on the edge.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 8:54 PM
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Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Norman Lear Win 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 7:40 PM
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WATCH: Sexy, Haunting New 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Trailer Stars Shailene Woodley

Writer/director Gregg Araki sheds his new-wave queer cinema roots for this Shailene Woodley vehicle about a 17-year-old girl whose sexual awakening coincides with the disappearance of her mother, played by Eva Green.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 3:29 PM
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Who Will Pick Up Spike Lee's Kickstarter Horror Comedy 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'?

Following Spike Lee's June 22 debut of his Kickstarter project "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" as the closing night at the American Black Film Festival, where it earned middling reviews, Lee is in talks to find the right distributor. Where is the horror comedy going to end up? Lee has screened the film for the major specialty players, most of whom have so far passed on its commercial prospects, so it may wind up with a smaller distrib.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 3:28 PM
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New York Film Festival's Projections Lineup Promises 3 Days of Experimental Film

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has pulled back the curtain on the New York Film Festival's Projections lineup, a slate of experimental films unspooling October 3-5.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 2:45 PM
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Review & Roundup: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Is Black, White and Flat All Over

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" promises more sex, violence, shadows and noir-y intrigue. As for the notices so far? Well, let's just say that the critics aren't finding the color palette the only thing about the film that's monotone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 2:24 PM
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Sandra Bullock Weighs Post-'Gravity' Options, Which Brand Will She Pick?

Sandra Bullock has passed some remarkable milestones this year. She's become probably the highest paid actress for a single project in Hollywood history, taking home a man's size share of the gross for her Oscar-nominated role in Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," a rare instance of a Hollywood actress carrying a tentpole action film. (Only Angelina Jolie has come close.) She turned 50--and still looks absolutely fabulous. And she can pick and choose her next project. Several are bubbling away.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 1:39 PM
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AFI Directing Workshop for Women Makes Way for Digital TV

The American Film Institute’s Directing Worshop for Women (DWW) is expanding its decades-long directing program into the digital age with a new multi-platform initiative.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 21, 2014 12:44 PM
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The 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: A Religious Experience

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has an enthusiastic and loyal audience, some of whom see every single film on offer, made possible because the festival unspools, mostly, in one theater at a time.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 21, 2014 10:30 AM
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Leonard Maltin Says Good-Bye to His Annual Movie Guide

Today I received my advance copy of "Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide," and I’ve been paging through it with profoundly mixed emotions. Once again, I am unreasonably proud of my humble contributions to the enterprise. (Leonard asked me to come on board as a member of Team Maltin during preparations for the 2009 edition – an honor I rank alongside Peter Bart’s invitation to be a Variety contributor back in 1990.) At the same time, however, I am unspeakably sad, because this is the end of the line: "The 2015 Movie Guide" will be the last.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • August 20, 2014 5:34 PM
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