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Tribeca Film Festival Jury Includes Kenneth Lonergan, Taraji P. Henson, Evan Rachel Wood, Tony Gilroy and More

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its jury members, this year including Tony Gilroy, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan and Evan Rachel Wood. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sofia Coppola Talks 'The Bling Ring,' First Digital Shoot, Feeling-Over-Talking Technique

Director Sofia Coppola sits down with the DGA Quarterly to discuss her upcoming film "The Bling Ring" (June 14), starring Emma Watson as the leader of a pack of celebrity-looting Hollywood teens. Highlights from the interview below, including Coppola's interest in today's social-mediated youth, her experience with shooting digitally for the first time, and her methods for communicating feeling in a scene.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 1:10 PM
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Aereo's Barry Diller Disrupts the TV Establishment--Yet Again

Over the decades Hollywood has feared and tried to spurn most new technology -- television, video cassette recorders, cable, digital video recorders, and internet access to its goodies. The newest object of its fear is Aereo -- which uses thousands of tiny individual antennas to capture and stream to subscribers free TV channels without paying retransmission fees. Aereo, which, like DVRs, allows subscribers to fast forward past commercials, won big in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 10 days ago when the court refused to issue an injunction against it.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • April 10, 2013 1:03 PM
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Immersed in Movies UPDATE: 'Elysium' Trailer Lands, Plus Previewing Blomkamp's Dystopian Sci-Fi Film

At a Comic-Con-style presentation this morning at The Grove, we finally caught a glimpse of Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," the ambitious sci-fi follow-up to his acclaimed indie hit, "District 9," which opens August 9. The trailer (watch below) and additional 10 minutes of socially-conscious, high-octane action didn't disappoint.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2013 12:39 PM
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Review: Malick Stumbles with 'To The Wonder'

There are no dinosaurs in Terrence Malick's sixth feature, but there are bison, sea turtles, prairies, toxic sludge, sun-dappled water, more prairies, a conflicted priest (Javier Bardem) and enough pirouetting by Olga Kurylenko to make you imagine that she probably felt dizzy at the end of each day's shooting.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 10, 2013 12:04 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Akira Kurosawa's Mythic, Primal and Highly Influential Classic 'Seven Samurai'

Akira Kurosawa Week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "The Seven Samurai," Kurosawa's mythic and primal epic of feudal Japan that became a virtual template for latter-day action films.
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  • April 10, 2013 12:01 PM
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Indian Film Festival Opens With Pop Mob Drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

The astonishing Hindi actor Manoj Bajpayee has his best role in years in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs Of Wasseypur," which is tonight's kick-off gala presentation at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). A five-hour epic mob drama in two parts depicting a decades-long intra-Muslim vendetta (Part II screens at the IFFLA tomorrow), "Gangs" is headlong, hand-held, violent entertainment. It manages to keep a dozen major characters and their agendas clear while rarely pausing to take a breath.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 9, 2013 10:49 PM
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Documentarian Ondi Timoner Hits Kickstarter for 'Total Disruption'

Playing the Kickstarter game is one of many skills today's filmmakers need in order to flourish. But that's only one of the things doc veteran Ondi Timoner wants her fellow filmmakers to learn: she's let the world know that Tuesday April 9 is the launch day for the Kickstarter campaign for "A Total Disruption."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2013 3:29 PM
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A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful Creatures" grossed $57-million worldwide, and $200-million "Jack the Giant Slayer" mustered a miserable global $158 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2013 2:27 PM
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President Obama, Lena Dunham, Tom Hanks All Nab 2013 Webby Nominations

The nominees for the 17th annual Webby Awards have been unveiled, and this year include President Barack Obama, Lena Dunham, Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks and Yahoo's "Burning Love" among the nominated pop-culture and internet superstars.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 1:57 PM
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