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Diane Baker Talks "Best-Kept Secret": San Francisco's Expanding Academy of Art

The 5th annual Epidemic Film Festival (named after the idea that there is a creative epidemic going on) will open on Friday, May 6 at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco at 4 pm, reports Cari Beauchamp.A showcase for the finest films made this year by the Motion Pictures, Film and Television students at the Academy of Art University, the ceremony will begin with the awarding of honorary degrees to actress Eva Marie Saint and director Roger Corman with awards announced after the three hours plus of screenings.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 5, 2011 2:09 AM
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Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"
Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent genuine romantic article: the royal wedding.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2011 1:07 AM
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Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event: In Theaters and On Blu-Ray in June

As we wait for The Hobbit, we can revisit Middle Earth on the big screen, as Warner Home Video promotes yet another DVD special package with The Lord of the Rings™ Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Event via screenings at nearly 500 cinemas throughout the US. June will bring The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on June 14; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on June 21; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on June 28, each featuring approximately an hour of additional footage and extended scenes chosen under the supervision of Peter Jackson. Jackson will also provide introductions to each film, filmed in Wellywood on The Hobbit set.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 8:48 AM
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Janet Jackson Will Play Cannes AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS Fundraiser

For those of you wondering what Harvey Weinstein had up his sleeve for the annual AmFAR Cinema Against Aids fundraiser held on the last Thursday of Cannes, Roger Friedman has the scoop:Janet Jackson has been signed up as the entertainment, which should make the event hotter than ever. Now the big question is whether or not Sharon Stone will be back after a year off from conducting the famed live auction. There are those who love Sharon’s style and some who don’t. But AmFAR suffers a little without Stone’s presence.(Last year, the AmFAR people were very upset when I reported that Sharon wasn’t coming. She had a film to shoot in Eastern Europe.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2011 7:43 AM
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Actress Watch: Rachel Weisz's Slate Might Include Oz, Roberts & Clinton Talk, Kidman's Next Biopic?

- Nicole Kidman loves her biopics. She's flirting with the lead in Our Wild Life, about Kenyan wildlife conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick (now 76, pictured), known for her work with the war-torn country's endangered elephants. As The Wrap reports, Hollywood doesn't make movies like this anymore. Gone are the good old days of Out of Africa (1985) and Born Free (1966), not to mention 1988's Gorillas in the Mist, the Dian Fossey biopic starring Sigourney Weaver. No official involvement from Kidman yet, but Phillip Noyce (Salt) is currently attached to direct.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 7:38 AM
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The Tree of Life: Glorious New Clip, Salt in the Wound for Those Not Going to Cannes Premiere

The Tree of Life: Glorious New Clip, Salt in the Wound for Those Not Going to Cannes Premiere
For those of you not seeing Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life premiere May 16 at the Cannes Film Festival, here is more salt to rub in the wound. EW has an exclusive clip. They say the footage "has a dreamy, remembered quality to it thanks to fluid camera movements, soft light, and jump cuts. It’s beautiful, no doubt. But what does it mean?" We say just enjoy it, and don't ask questions. Check it out here. The Tree of Life has a limited US release May 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 5:58 AM
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Academy Hosts Celebration of Cuban Film and Exhibition of Original Cuban Poster Art

The Academy will host a beautiful (and free) exhibition of original Cuban movie posters - 125 hand-silkscreened - from May 13 - August 28 in their Grand Lobby Gallery. Titled "Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World,” the exhibition will include posters from A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, The Bicycle Thief, Z, Strawberry and Chocolate and Fallen Gods. The works were created by artists in the Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC), which was formed after the 1959 revolution, and donated to the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 5:57 AM
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Focus Features Seals Two-Picture Pact with LAIKA

Oregon's animated producer LAIKA is forging ahead --without Coraline creator Henry Selick, who is now in the Disney/Pixar fold--with two more 3-D stop-motion films to be released by Focus Features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2011 5:44 AM
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Hero Complex Screening Series Goes IMAX: Fanboy Festival Opens with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty

The LAT is deploying its popular fanboy Hero Complex blog to partner with advertisers and push the LAT brand toward a younger audience. Geoff Boucher's three-year-old blog draws huge traffic (1 million page views a month) by catering to genre film buffs, offering early access to solid film news and exclusive features that are well-written and reported.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2011 4:42 AM
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Venice Fest 2011 To Give Pacino Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Premiere Wilde Salome with Chastain

Al Pacino will accept the Venice International Film Festival's Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award, which was created with Jaeger-Le Coultre to honor an artist's original mark on contemporary cinema. Recent recipients include Abbas Kiarostami (2008) and Sylvester Stallone (2009). Fest director Marco Mueller calls Pacino an "an amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2011 4:02 AM
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