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Kenneth Branagh to Receive San Francisco Fest's Founder's Directing Award

Kenneth Branagh, who was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn" and directed Marvel's "Thor," will be honored with the San Francisco International Film Festival's Founder's Directing Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
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Now and Then: Katharine Hepburn, Consummate Comedienne

Early in "The Philadelphia Story," Cary Grant's society playboy arrives for his ex-wife's wedding. When he comes across her in the drawing room, they take up a little two-step. He advances, she retreats; he thrusts, she parries. If you want to understand the genius of Katharine Hepburn, this is the place to start.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 19, 2012 1:01 PM
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Up Close with RED Camera's Rooney Mara, Shot by Fincher

The marriage of movies and fashion endures. RED cameras are advertised in the latest issue of Vogue, featuring a glamourous Rooney Mara shot by her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:19 PM
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New Trailer for 'Snow White and the Huntsman'; Stewart Is The One to End The Darkness

In this extended trailer for Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1), the epic fairy tale adaptation looks less edgy than we'd expected. This mythical action adventure is clearly aimed at a female PG-13 audience.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:16 PM
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Audiosocket Brings Good Music to Student Filmmaker Community

Licensing music, particularly "good" music, can cause a frustrating holdup in the filmmaker community, especially among student filmmakers. So music, media and digital licensing company Audiosocket launched Audiosocket U, which allows student filmmakers to discover and license music for as little at $5. The roster of songs is more than 35,000, with more than 2,000 indie artists and composers. Visit Audiosocket to learn more. The Wandas, pictured above, are one of Audiosocket's supported bands.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 19, 2012 8:47 AM
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'The Walking Dead' Finale Review and Recap: Movies vs. TV

The structure of tonight’s "The Walking Dead" finale is indicative of where the show is right now: struggling to come back to television.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 18, 2012 11:16 PM
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11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival Lures Women Directors Julie Taymor, Rory Kennedy, Lynn Shelton

The 11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregan will host 94 films from around the world from April 12th to the 16th. This year, several women directors will attend the festival, including special guests Julie Taymor ("The Lion King" and "Spider-Man" musicals, "Across the Universe") and Ondi Timoner ("We Live in Public"), two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 18, 2012 9:57 PM
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Weekend Indie Box Office Analysis: 'Kid with a Bike' and 'Gerhard Richter Painting' Open Well, 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' Disappoints

As Oscar films fade from memory, two new limited releases had impressive debuts, including “The Kid With a Bike,” the latest in an unusually strong group of recent foreign language entries, and artist profile "Gerhard Richter Painting."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 18, 2012 2:52 PM
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Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' is Head of the Class with $35 million; 'John Carter' Drops to $13 million

Sony’s “21 Jump Street” took a seat at the head of the class at the North American box office as the re-imagined buddy-comedy racked up a hefty $35 million on its first weekend in theaters.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 18, 2012 12:55 PM
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Watch: WonderCon Promos 'Prometheus' Trailer

WonderCon offered traffic snarls in Anaheim and a Fox preview of "Prometheus" (June 8). Director Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner") and writer Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek") accompanied the showing of the new trailer (below), which sent the twittersphere buzzing and soon hit the Web.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2012 9:50 PM
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