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LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED

Film Independent has made its first round of selections for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 16-26, returning to downtown's L.A. Live. Over 30 countries will be represented by the 200-plus features, shorts and music videos. Special events, galas, the tentpole opening and closing night selections, guest artists and guest director will be announced closer to the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:58 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Ten: Dog Day Afternoon, Cinema Komunisto, James Woods, Making Friends with Books

On day ten of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Meredith Brody talks Dog Day Afternoon, sees and loves Cinema Komunisto, digresses on James Woods (among other things) and makes friends via Bossypants and Chekhov's short stories:I start the day by watching as much of the program honoring Frank Pierson with the Kanbar Award for screenwriting as I can before dashing off to see Love in a Puff. The clip that Pierson showed in his Master Class, the afternoon before, reminded me that (a) I know Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon -- the movie they’re going to show as part of the tribute -- very well indeed, (b) yes, the 70s were a golden age of movies, (c) Pacino’s performance (not to mention John Cazale’s – but then I just did) is more riveting than any I’ve seen in the past nine days.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2011 4:53 AM
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MTV Movie Awards Nominates Twilight and Harry Potter Stars, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Portman

MTV Movie Awards Nominates Twilight and Harry Potter Stars, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Portman
On June 5, Jason Sudeikis will host the MTV Movie Awards, the show guaranteed to recognize the power of celebrity and shrieking teenage girls. EW reports the nominees for Best Female and Male performance, from Oscar-winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) to Jennifer Aniston (Just Go With It) and Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network) to Zac Efron (Charlie St. Cloud). Yes, really. The nominees for Best Line from a Movie are also announced, and listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 4:47 AM
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Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave

The Tony Award nominations have arrived, and The Book of Mormon leads the way with 14 nominations (15 is the record, held by The Producers [2001] and Billy Elliot [2009]). Here is our interview with the musical's creators, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Musical The Scottsboro Boys got 12 noms and nine went to Anything Goes. Among the acting nominees are Al Pacino (The Merchant of Venice), Frances McDormand (Good People) and Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival

Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival
Cari Beauchamp reports from her busy weekend at the TCM Classic Film Festival:Hollywood Boulevard was even more packed than usual this weekend with thousands of people who could have passed for casually dressed conventioneers, but were actually visitors from all 50 states except for West Virginia, in town to attend the second annual Turner Classic Movies film festival.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 3, 2011 4:02 AM
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Wes Anderson's New Movie Moonrise Kingdom Starring Willis, Norton, and Murray Goes to Focus Features

Just in time to sell foreign rights at Cannes, Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Wes Anderson's 60s story Moonrise Kingdom, with a stellar cast already assembled.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2011 11:47 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Clips, Interview: Chang-dong Lee Talks Beauty & Pain in His South Korean Stunner, Poetry

Chang-dong Lee's must-see film, Poetry (which was in competition in Cannes 2010 and won best screenplay), opens at Los Angeles' Royal theatre on May 6. The film also won directing, screenwriting and acting awards at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards and the Asian Film Awards.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 8:29 AM
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Armie Hammer to Star in Psychological Thriller Love Story, 2:22, To Be Shopped At Cannes

Armie Hammer is attached to star in Lightstream Pictures' 2:22, a psychological thriller to be directed by Paul Currie (One Perfect Day, co-founder of Lightstream) and based on Todd Stein (Unbound) and Nathan Parker's (Moon) original screenplay. Rights for the film will be shopped at Cannes via Ralph Kamp's Timeless Films. Lightfilms's Lawrence Inglee in producing. The synopsis for 2:22, which hopes to begin shooting in Sydney this fall, is below.  Hammer is hot: he just wrapped Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, will play the Prince in Relativity's upcoming The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins) and is up for the title role in The Lone Ranger, which is more about Johnny Depp's Tonto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 6:35 AM
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Israel Film Festival Presents Awards to Schreiber, Donen, Opening Premiere is Intimate Grammar

The 25th Israel Film Festival, running May 5-19 (at the AMC Loews on 84th St) will present awards (listed below) to Liev Schreiber, Stanley Donen and Micha Shagri on May 5 at New York City's Paris Theatre following a reception at the Plaza Hotel's Edwardian Room. The New York premiere screening of Nir Bergman's Intimate Grammar will follow. The film (pictured), based on David Grossman's novel, won the Best Feature award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and the Sakura Grand Prize from the Tokyo International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 6:11 AM
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Cannes 2011: Méliès's Fully Restored A Trip To The Moon in Color To Screen Fest's Opening Night

Cannes 2011: Méliès's Fully Restored A Trip To The Moon in Color To Screen Fest's Opening Night
Georges Méliès' 1902 masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon will screen in hand-painted color at the Cannes Film Festival's opening night.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 6:06 AM
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