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SFIFF Is First US Festival to Join Festival Scope, Online Viewing Platform for Industry Pros

The San Francisco International Film Festival is the first U.S. festival to join Festival Scope, the new Internet platform that enables festival selections to be screened to industry professionals worldwide. Other festivals already involved are Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique, the Berlinale, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and festivals in Rotterdam, Locarno, Melbourne, Guadalajara, Valdivia and Cartagena.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2011 4:27 AM
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Celebs Sell: 2010 Ten Bestseller Magazine Covers Led by Sandra Bullock, Dr. Oz and Angelina Jolie

News flash: Celebrities sell magazines. AdWeek reports the ten best-selling magazine covers last year: 1. Sandra Bullock (7.4 million copies, People)2. Dr. Oz (7m, Women's World)3. Angelina Jolie (5m, Vanity Fair)4. Bachelor Jake (3.6m, Us)5. Royal Wedding (3.2m, Life & Style)6. Lady Gaga (2.8m, Cosmopolitan)7. Teen Mom (2.75, OK)8. The Kardashians (2.7m, In Touch)9. Jennifer Aniston (2.6m, Bazaar)10. The Twilight Series, including Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz (2.4m, Men's Health).
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2011 4:20 AM
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SFIFF: Christine Vachon State of Cinema Keynote: How Can Filmmakers Reach Audiences?

The veteran Killer Films producer and Shooting to Kill author Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce) gave the San Francisco International Film Festival's keynote speech on April 24. Here it is:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2011 3:58 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Three: The Colors of the Mountain, Year Without a Summer, Le Quattro Volte

Meredith Brody continues her SFIFF diary, day three:I rush along Fillmore to slip into a 1 p.m. screening of The Colors of the Mountain, too late today to do anything but grab three samosas for $5, so greasy that they turn their paper sack transparent before I reach the theater. Three is more than I need or want, but I’ll be able to turn to someone later today and say “Would you like a samosa?,” a treat unavailable at the movies since the lamentable closure last year of the delightful Bollywood palace the Naz 8 across the bay in Fremont.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 25, 2011 1:38 AM
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Elvis Mitchell Ankles Movieline: Why?

Elvis Mitchell is such a fascinating, complicated character that he deserves a mini-series. I am not kidding. I could have predicted--would have placed bets--that he wouldn't last as film critic at Movieline, that it was a bad match--mainly because Mitchell is not internet savvy. To succeed online, you have to be able to interact with your readers on Twitter and Facebook, market yourself, have an instinct for building traffic for your stories. Mention Twitter to Mitchell and his eyes go blank. Why did he go there as co-chief film critic with ex-Salon scribe Stephanie Zacharek? For the money. Well, the trouble with making a hefty salary is that when you do not deliver, you make a convenient line-item deletion. And Movieline is in cost-cutting mode of late: they pared back the masthead and cut off all freelancers a few weeks ago, including Alonso Duralde.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2011 7:13 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Rio Rolls Over New Openers Madea's Big Happy Family, Water for Elephants

Weekend Box Office: Rio Rolls Over New Openers Madea's Big Happy Family, Water for Elephants
Niche fans for Tyler Perry and Rob Pattinson turned out for Madea's Big Happy Family and Water for Elephants, respectively, but family toon Rio continued to rock the box office. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Family films shined brightly at the Easter weekend box office as kids kept Fox’s Blue Sky Studio kid pic Rio in the top spot with $26.8 million while grandmoms and moms shelled out $25.75 million to see Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. Fox execs were also crowing about solid returns for its $40-million Reese-Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson depression-era romance Water for Elephants, which beat its $15 million estimate with $17.5 million. Thanks to the bunny holiday, Hop jumped 17% in its fourth frame and secured a timely figure of $100.5 million.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 24, 2011 5:04 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Two: Movies Directed by Women, Miss Representation, The Good Life, Meek's Cutoff

San Francisco TOH corespondent Meredith Brody continues her daily diary from the The San Francisco International Film Festival:If you’re one of the all-access-pass members of a film festival audience, intent on seeing as many movies during its brief annual flowering as possible, one of your main goals is avoiding the fate of the woman who sat in front of me on opening night.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 23, 2011 8:37 AM
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The Hunger Games Cast So Far: Sutherland, Tucci, Harrelson, Bentley, Banks Join Lawrence (UPDATED)

The Hunger Games Cast So Far: Sutherland, Tucci, Harrelson, Bentley, Banks Join Lawrence (UPDATED)
In the film adaptation of Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence will play the lead, Katniss Everdeen. Further casting updates and details below:
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 9:33 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Remembering Tim Hetherington, Cannes, Earth Day, Bourne, Reichardt's Filmmaking 101

Earth Day Is April 22: Films, Festivals To Celebrate, Protect and Inspire.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 8:23 AM
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Superman Faceoff: Bryan Singer vs. Brandon Routh

As the latest Superman reboot gets underway, two folks who have no say in the Chris Nolan/Zack Snyder version, Superman Returns director Byran Singer and star Brandon Routh, face off against each other, Jeanne Wolf reports: When Bryan Singer makes a public statement that sounds like he was sorry he picked Brandon Routh to be Superman in the 2006 Superman Returns, you’d think that the former superhero’s feelings would be wounded.
  • By Jeanne Wolf
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  • April 22, 2011 8:07 AM
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