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Lynn Redgrave Dies, Tough Time for Redgrave Family

I feel for the Redgrave family, which has suffered so much loss in a short period. Lynn Redgrave, the youngest daughter of the great acting family of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kemp, died Sunday night at age 67 at her home in Connecticut. Her recent autobiographical one-woman show Nightingale dealt with her battle with breast cancer. Here's indieWIRE, The Guardian and NPR.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 4:32 AM
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More: Obit

New York Diary: Tribeca Breakouts, MoMA and Fela!

I love New York in spring (even when the temperature hits the 80s at Sunday's Yankee/White Sox game).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 2:45 AM
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News Update: New Orleans, Nashville, Treme, Jonah Hex Trailer

Weekend flooding in Nashville won't be a good thing for TV and film productions in the area (see video below). And in New Orleans, the cast and crew of HBO's Treme are among the many who are "very distraught" about the BP-related oil slick heading for shore, executive producer Eric Overmyer told us Friday. Treme wrapped production on its first season late Friday and doesn't resume for season two until November.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 3, 2010 2:00 AM
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Cannes Update: Fair Game, Raavan, Biutiful, Tree vs. Tree

Cannes Update: Fair Game, Raavan, Biutiful, Tree vs. Tree
Cannes news and notes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 1:20 AM
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Hero Complex Film Fest Books Nimoy, Scott, Nolan

Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex blog at the LATimes is mounting its own Film Festival: tickets go on sale Monday at 10 am.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 1:12 AM
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Polanski Speaks Out, Wants Out

On Sunday Roman Polanski stated that "he can remain silent no longer" over his still-unresolved rape case, now 33 years old, and distributed a statement to the media. Actually his old friend Bernard-Henri Lévy sent around the 908-word statement, reports the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 12:18 PM
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More: Directors, News

SFIFF 53 Day Five: The Way of Nature, Between Two Worlds, Morning, Wholphin Waters

San Francisco's Meredith Brody reviews The Way of Nature, meets Leland Orser and goes Wholphin.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 2, 2010 6:46 AM
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A Smart Note to Twilight Fans from Bill Condon

Writer-director Bill Condon is a smart cookie. On Saturday afternoon, he posted a note to Twilight fans on Facebook, beginning an engagement with them, letting them know he gets their world as he approached getting started on the final installment(s), Breaking Dawn. One of his tasks is going to be figuring out if he's going forward with one or two movies. Summit has not officially yet made that decision, they tell me. Word is, it's two--Condon turned down another movie for scheduling reasons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 5:36 AM
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Takes $32 Million, Furry Vengeance Flops

The Nightmare on Elm Street remake grabbed a hefty $32.2 million at the weekend box office. How to Train Your Dragon and Date Night still have legs, while The Back-Up Plan took a second-week dive and Brendan Fraser flopped in Furry Vengeance. Anthony D'Alessandro crunches the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 2, 2010 3:55 AM
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SFIFF53 Day Four, Part Two: Cold Weather, Utopia in Four Movements

Meredith Brody is covering the San Francisco Film Fest:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 1, 2010 3:41 AM
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