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AFI Fest 2010 World Cinema and Special Categories Lineup

AFI Fest 2010 World Cinema and Special Categories Lineup
AFI Fest 2010 announces the titles for its World Cinema, Midnight (comedy and horror), Alt/Art (films about art and artists) and Breakthrough (discovered via submissions) programs. The fest's offerings total 97 (66 features, 31 shorts). World Cinema selections includes fall fest holdovers Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy (France/Italy/Iran), Jean-Luc Goddard's Film Socialisme (Switzerland), Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (France, pictured) and Thailand's Oscar hopeful Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The complete lineup for these five categories is after the jump.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 7:30 AM
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Weinsteins Look to Turn Things Around; Hire Gigliotti as Production President

Trim and restructured, the Weinstein Co. is either on the verge of a turnaround or a nervous breakdown.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 7:06 AM
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Paramount Books Paranormal Activity 2 Advanced Screenings On Demand

Audiences used Demand it!® to land free midnight screenings of Paramount's Paranormal Activity 2 on October 20. A quarter million people will see the sequel across several US cities that used the new marketing tool to win advanced screenings in LA, NY, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia and Seattle as part of the film's buzz-building marketing campaign.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 7:01 AM
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San Francisco Actuality, Days Before 1906 Earthquake

Much of downtown San Francisco was destroyed in 1906's infamous earthquake. How precious then is A Trip Down Market Street, an eleven minute film which 60 Minutes producer David Browning says "captures a city full of life and promise."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 7:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Fighter Builds Buzz for Bale

Trailer Watch: The Fighter Builds Buzz for Bale
Unable to press-screen David O. Russell's much-anticipated The Fighter until the week of November 10, Paramount has been valiantly building buzz until then. The gritty $24-million Relativity Media-funded biopic stars Mark Wahlberg (who earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for The Departed) in the title role as welterweight Micky Ward. Amy Adams plays his girlfriend (she was nominated for supporting actress for Doubt and Junebug). The movie also stars Oscar nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and super-skinny Christian Bale, who steals the film--I hear--in the kind of showy role that Oscar voters love, as Wahlberg's crack addict brother and trainer. (Bale has never been nominated). The long-in-the-works drama is Russell's first since the flop I Heart Huckabees in 2004; he took over The Fighter from Darren Aronofsky, who made The Wrestler instead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 6:00 AM
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Celeb Watch: Saoirse Ronan's Killer Slate, Hamm on Cusp of Movie Stardom, Gibson in Hangover 2

- Vulture chats with Saoirse Ronan, who at sixteen has had more meaty dramatic roles than most actresses twice her age. True, she has played children: she led us into the heart of Joe Wright's Atonement and almost made Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones worth watching. After a turn in Peter Weir's ensemble The Way Back (which rolls out in December and January), she boasts two more adult roles, in Joe Wright's Hanna (Focus) and Geoffrey Fletcher's indie Violet & Daisy. She plays a teen raised by her father (Eric Bana) as a killer in the former (April 2011) and an assassin in the latter (with Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini and Danny Trejo). Despite the similarities of these two roles (which also call to mind Femme Nikita and Kick-Ass), Ronan insists they are very different: "Hanna is more serious, and funnily enough, it's more realistic. Violet & Daisy is quite surreal." On her relationships with these two directors, she agrees that Fletcher is a "really sweet guy" (directing his first film) and that her working relationship with Wright is now "quite in sync."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2010 5:46 AM
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Gotham Nominees Signal Awards Season Indie Players, Led by Winter's Bone

This year's Gotham Award nominees from Independent Feature Project signal the key indie players in this year's awards season. Fox Searchlight's Black Swan, Weinstein Co.'s Blue Valentine, Focus Features' The Kids Are All Right and Roadside Attractions' Winter's Bone were expected to lead the best feature field: surprise entry is Overture's vampire remake, Let Me In, which could get a DVD boost from year-end critics groups.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 5:14 AM
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Eleven Docs that Shook the World

Inspired by the surprisingly successful education expose Waiting for Superman (which is backed by massive marketing dollars for a doc), USA Today lists 11 documentaries that shook the world, that made a big difference in their time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2010 10:59 AM
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Weekend Box Office Goes to Record-Breaking Jackass 3D; Red Ensemble Scores in Second

Two escapist comedies launched at Comic-Con surged to unexpected box office heights for October as Jackass 3D and ensemble action comedy Red grossed an estimated $50 million and $22.5 million, respectively, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 17, 2010 3:49 AM
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Beaver's Billingsley Gone at 94

The Cleavers were the suburban family I grew up with on black-and-white TV, and Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley, who played June to Hugh Beaumont's Ward, was my idea of the perfect Mom. Well, she's gone, at 94. I can still hear her soft, high plaintive voice: "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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