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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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The Hobbit Update: The Cast So Far, Latest Additions are Evangeline Lilly & Barry Humphries

Check out the latest updates and a selection of the faces (some still unconfirmed) on The Hobbit production currently underway in New Zealand.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 6:00 AM
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LATimes Festival of Books: Patti Smith and Dave Eggers Talk the Art of the Memoir

After pumping a $65 tank of gas this Saturday, I parked on a rather seedy block near the USC campus, this year's new home for the LATimes Festival of Books, and managed to find Bovard Hall in time to watch LAT book editor David Ulin interview Patti Smith and Dave Eggers. They were talking the art of the memoir.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2011 5:58 AM
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Osama bin Laden is Dead Tweets, New Yorker Covers, Newspaper Boost, Bigelow/Boal Rewrite UPDATED

President Barack Obama had a great weekend--he not only blitzed Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner but then celebrated with America and the world his administration's successful Pakistan Navy SEAL operation to execute Osama bin Laden. His death has proved a boon for old media: May 2's front pages are collectors' items. @NYTimes tweets that it printed 165,000 extra copies of today's historic paper, 2.5 times the normal order. The Washington Post added 35,000. See our gallery of NYorker Bin Laden covers below.
  • By anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 4:15 AM
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Graham King Films Hires Small as EVP of Production

Graham King has lured seven-year Focus Features production exec Kahli Small to join GK Films as EVP of Production and Development. Based in Santa Monica, she reports directly to King. Small supervised Focus projects Milk, Eastern Promises and The American.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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