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Departing Los Angeles Film Festival Programmer Doug Jones Heads East

Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and LAFF programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, MA as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 11:41 PM
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How Alex Gibney Found Nigerian Superstar Fela Kuti

Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti provides a fascinating subject for frequent music documentarian Alex Gibney in "Finding Fela," which was well-reviewed at Sundance and opens in theaters Friday via Kino Lorber.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 4:49 PM
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Screen Talk: from Comic-Con's Sublime 'Interstellar' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to James Franco

This week Eric Kohn and I have plenty to chew over. We dig into Comic-Con, parse the promise of Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" --who's the audience, anyway?--and debate Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as well as offering our picks of the week. I'm in the thrall of Brendan Gleeson, while Kohn argues that James Franco might be a good director after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:04 PM
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ILM Gets Trippy with Scarlett Johansson's VFX in Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson's heady sci-fi actioner, "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:01 PM
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Trailers from Hell Bites Into 'The Howling'

Today on Trailers from Hell, horror buff Josh Olson talks 1981's "The Howling." 1981 turned out to be the Year of the Werewolf, enticing horror fans with "American Werewolf," "Full Moon High," "Wolfen," and the first out of the gate, Joe Dante's buff-oriented mixture of lupine chills and hip chuckles.
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  • August 1, 2014 1:00 PM
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Why You Must Watch 'Calvary,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'The One I Love' & 'Moebius' This Weekend (TRAILERS)

This weekend, you have no excuse not to get out to the movies, as one of the most satisfying popcorn films of the summer, and a gobsmacking Irish drama, hit theaters.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 1, 2014 10:30 AM
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'Calvary' Director McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson Talk the Betrayal of Trust (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

John Michael McDonagh's second film, "Calvary," was grabbed at Sundance by Fox Searchlight and opens in theaters August 1. "Calvary" marks perhaps Brendan Gleeson's best performance to date among many others--and a potential Oscar nomination. I talk to them both.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 6:16 AM
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Sundance Film Festival Goes to Hong Kong

Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer Hong Kong premieres of eight new films from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., with filmmakers on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:27 AM
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William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselves. Always have. Friedkin has also painstakingly restored 1977 cult film "Sorcerer" which is out on Blu-Ray and is coming on DVD and Digital Download.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 5:25 PM
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Are Studio Ghibli's Days Numbered? Say It Ain't So

It seems impossible to think that one of the world's most beloved animation studios might shut its doors and stop making films, but that's what one Japanese news site says might happen to Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 4:15 PM
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