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Rotterdam: Women Directors and Women-Driven Narratives Are Front and Center

A festival like Rotterdam is a great place for women directors to gain exposure. Not coincidentally, Rotterdam is also a great venue for films with female-driven narratives. The five I saw, three directed by women and two by men, shared an interest in how the past haunts the present; in intense feelings hidden beneath a constructed surface and the essential loneliness of women.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 29, 2014 3:05 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Noir 'Wicked Woman'

Josh Olson on Noir! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson introducing 1953's "Wicked Woman," starring Richard Egan as a small-town barkeep and perennial femme fatale Beverly Michaels as the sexy drifter who has his number.
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  • January 29, 2014 3:05 PM
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WATCH: First Teaser Trailer for Much Anticipated 'The Rover,' Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

An intense teaser trailer has arrived for David Michod's "The Rover," the much anticipated follow-up to the Aussie director's brilliant 2010 crime film "Animal Kingdom." Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:11 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Oscar-Nominated Editor Christopher Rouse Talks the Pivotal Attack in 'Captain Phillips'

Best Picture nominee "Captain Phillips" is the ultimate in Paul Greengrass-style verite, given its life and death intensity and emotional epiphanies. More than just a fact-based heist gone bad, it raises deep concerns about our globalized world in conflict. Oscar nominee Christopher Rouse, who's already won an Academy Award for editing "The Bourne Ultimatum," discusses the pivotal attack on the Alabama, which was dangerous to shoot as well as challenging to cut.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 29, 2014 2:05 PM
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FEST 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival Now Calling for Entries

Portugal's FEST New Directors/New Films Festival (not to be confused with the Lincoln Society and MoMA's similarly titled festival) is reaching its 10th anniversary, and in preparation is assembling a project designed to open paths for a generation of new filmmakers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 1:48 PM
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More: Festivals

WATCH: Charlotte Gainsbourg Gets Fiery in New Trailer for Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume 2

While Lars von Trier's considerably comedic "Nymphomaniac" Volume 1 recently played Sundance, the second installment in the sex addiction epic looked to be more dramatic (based on preview footage in the final credits for Volume 1). Now, a new international trailer has arrived for Volume 2, and, based on a montage set to "Burning Down the House," it seems von Trier's wicked humor may still be in place.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 1:12 PM
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Alexander Payne, Julie Delpy and More Set for Film Independent Awards Season Panels

Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Spirit nominated Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) and scribe John August (“Frankenweenie,” “Big Fish”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 12:54 PM
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WATCH: The Uncensored Scarlett Johansson Super Bowl Ad That's Gone Viral

Something about the combination of "Scarlett Johansson" and "banned" has made SodaStream's Super Bowl ad, starring the comely actress, go viral. Which is actually what Ms. Johansson wishes for in the ad. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 12:16 PM
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Tom Sherak Has Died at Age 68

Longtime film industry executive Tom Sherak, who rose to chairman of Twentieth Century Fox domestic film group over 17 years and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 2009 to 2012, has succumbed at his Calabasas home after a 12-year fight against prostate cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2014 9:42 PM
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More: Obit

Gawker Responds to Tarantino Lawsuit, Blames Director For Turning Script Leak Into a Story UPDATED

UPDATE: Gawker Media has a response to the lawsuit slapped on them by Quentin Tarantino. The online network, via editor-in-chief John Cook, claims that "no on at Gawker saw or had access to Tarantino's script [The Hateful Eight] before AnonFiles posted it... No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2014 2:53 PM
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