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Helen Mirren & Billy Crystal Star in When Harry Met Sally 2...Or, Grampires

When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren from Billy Crystal[Funny or Die]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 5:39 AM
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Cannes 2011: Bong Joon-ho Serving as President of the Camera d'Or Jury

Cannes 2011: Bong Joon-ho Serving as President of the Camera d'Or Jury
Korean director Bong Joon-ho will serve as the president of the Camera d’Or jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The jury will choose the best first film presented in the fest's official selection of Competition and Un Certain Regard contenders during the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 7, 2011 5:35 AM
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Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock

Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock
Thursday I'm heading up to Oregon's Ashland Independent Film Festival (the tenth), where I'll be interviewing this year's AIFF Rogue Award winners, Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap, The Big Uneasy) and Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold). I will also check out Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar at the famous Ashland Shakespeare Festival. I'm on the film fest's doc jury, along with filmmaker/blogger A.J. Schnack and doc PR master Judy Arlington. We'll hand out awards Sunday night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 5:19 AM
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Relativity Adds Curtin as Marketing Chief

Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanugh made official Wednesday his appointment of Terry Curtin as president of theatrical marketing. Curtin will leave her gig as co-president of entertainment at the Cimarron Group to oversee Relativity's marketing planning, strategy and execution. Peter Adee recently chose to leave the post after an eight-month transition following Relativity's takeover of Overture. (More details below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 12:36 PM
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AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job

AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job
Online movie brands Moviefone and Cinematical are caught in the chaos brought on by new AOL media mogul Arianna Huffington and her new editorial lieutenant, ex-New York Times editor John Montorio, as they overhaul AOL's entertainment coverage. Insiders say that AOL's first round of Draconian staff cuts a month ago were made not by Huffington Post staffers but by outside numbers-crunching consultants who did not assess individual strengths and weaknesses. At Moviefone, many strong, experienced editors were let go. The plan was to stop using freelance bloggers and hire new and improved staff editors and writers instead, with some exceptions for columnists with expertise or film festival coverage. "It's a mess over there," says one former editor at AOL Moviefone. "Goliath bought David and is turning it over to David."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 12:27 PM
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Your Highness Clip: Franco Tells McBride To Shut Up, Talks Tears, Deschanel's "Cookies"

Check out this Your Highness clip at NME, in which James Franco shows his sensitive side and tells Danny McBride to shut up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 8:45 AM
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Writers Guild's 101 Greatest Screenplays List Starts with Casablanca, Ends with Notorious

As part of its ongoing mission to push forward the oft-overlooked writer in the moviemaking process, the Writers Guild of America has posted its 101 Greatest Screenplays list. I'm not going to argue with the top ten, which are posted below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 8:45 AM
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LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is partnering with L.A.'s Film Independent on a new film series, sponsored by the New York Times, starting in September. And they are starting the search for a new film curator to run that screening program. Together. "We're helping to hire that person," says Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson. "Why wouldn't we know that community? We're offering our connection to the film community and programmers and our ability to assemble a team to oversee the program at LACMA. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Under new museum director Michael Govan, LACMA's film program has been under duress and was saved from suspension in October 2008 by an outcry from the film community, including director Martin Scorsese, who wrote to Govan:“I find it profoundly disheartening to know that a vital outlet for the exhibition of what was once known as ‘repertory cinema’ has been cut off in L.A. of all places, the center of film production and the land of the movie-making itself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 8:14 AM
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Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

"I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:42 AM
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Green Lantern's Extended WonderCon Trailer, Starring Aliens and Ryan Reynolds' Eyes

See the full Green Lantern WonderCon extended trailer on IMDb. Below is Mahalo's commentary:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2011 7:33 AM
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