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Silent Film Trend: 'The Dance' Wins National Screen Institute of Canada's Best Comedy Award

The National Screen Institute of Canada has selected Pardis Parker's short "The Dance" for their Best Comedy award. The dialogue-free love story has won several awards, and signals the continuing trend of silent films following "The Artist"'s Oscar win in 2012 and "The Paperman"'s Oscar win for best Animated short in 2013. "Blancanieves," Spain's Goya-winning entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language film, was a silent black-and-white rendition of Snow White. In 2008 it was Pixar's "WALL-E" that found mainstream adoration with twenty minutes with almost no dialogue at all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 2:53 PM
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Cardinals Meeting Inside Vatican to Elect a New Pope -- Real-Life 'Habemus Papam'?

Four days following Pope Benedict XVI's official step-down from the papacy, more than 100 cardinals are rallying inside the Vatican to begin the election of a new pope. Anyone familiar with Italian auteur Nanni Moretti's Catholicism comedy "Habemus Papam" ("We Have a Pope"), in which a reluctant cardinal (Michel Piccoli) begrudgingly is elected pope and sees a shrink (Moretti) in order to try and come to terms with accepting the job, can grin at the possibility of life imitating art.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 2:45 PM
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L'Atelier Announces 15 Selected Projects Looking for International Partners at 2013 Cannes Film Festival

The ninth edition of L'Atelier at the upcoming 2013 Cannes Film Festival has announced 15 selected projects from 14 different countries. Since its creation in 2005, L'Atelier has invited directors and producers to meet hundreds of potential partners at the Cannes festival and market.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 2:20 PM
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Why 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Flopped

The dwarfish $28 million domestic that Warner Bros.' “Jack the Giant Slayer” grossed over the weekend was what? A surprise? That the wheel-spinning Bryan Singer would make a soulless 3-D disaster film out of a timeless children’s story was hardly a shock. But the film’s anemic showing was indicative of something that has nothing to do with art and everything to do with commercial malpractice: No one – including audiences, ultimately -- knew who this big lumbering movie was for.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 4, 2013 1:56 PM
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Watch: Adorable Clips of Cesar-Winning 'Ernest & Celestine,' Possible 2014 Oscar Animation Contender

Check out these adorable clips from the Cesar-winning French animated feature "Ernest & Celestine." The film is co-directed by Belgian team Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar, who gave us 2009's hilariously nutty "A Town Called Panic," and Benjamin Renner.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 1:03 PM
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Robert Koehler Resigns Film Society of Lincoln Center Post; Dennis Lim New Director of Cinematheque Programming

Sadly, Robert Koehler, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's recently appointed Director of Cinematheque programming, is resigning to focus on family health matters. He will be replaced by programmer and critic Dennis Lim. Koehler requests privacy for his family. Lim will now oversee the year-round retrospectives, festivals and screening series, reporting to Kent Jones, who supervises all programming.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 1:01 PM
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Sundance Institute Brings Next Weekend to Los Angeles, New Summer Film Festival Running August 8-11

The Sundance Institute will be a hosting an all-new summer film festival, Next Weekend, running August 8-11 in Los Angeles. The fest is an extension of the Sundance Film Festival's NEXT section, which is designed to showcase "stylistically adventurous" films by up-and-coming directors.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 1:00 PM
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Kino Lorber Takes 'Deceptive Practice' Doc on Magician Ricky Jay

Kino Lorber has taken US rights to "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," from directors Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. The film debuted at last year's New York Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 12:44 PM
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Spielberg Developing Kubrick's Abandoned 'Napoleon' as Miniseries

This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Hollywood's New Fractured Fairy Tales

"For a story truly to hold a child’s attention, it must entertain him and arouse his curiosity. But to enrich his life, it must stimulate his imagination; help him to develop his intellect and to clarify his emotions; be attuned to his anxieties and aspirations; give full recognition to his difficulties, while at the same time suggesting solutions to the problems which perturb him….In all these and many other respects….nothing can be as enriching and satisfying to child and adult alike as the folk fairy tale." --Bruno Bettelheim
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • March 4, 2013 11:50 AM
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