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Dane DeHaan Talks 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Meteoric Career (TRAILERS)

Moviegoers are starting to pick up on what Hollywood already knows: Dane DeHaan is going to be a movie star. Remember when theater-trained actress Jessica Chastain kept being cast in movie after movie? That's what's been happening to DeHaan, who is 28, ever since he broke out in the HBO series "In Treatment," as Jesse, one of therapist Gabriel Byrne's patients.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 5:20 PM
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WATCH: Shailene Woodley Is Doomed and in Love in Extended New Trailer for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Rising stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are young cancer patients in love in the latest trailer for "The Fault in Our Stars," adapted from John Green's young adult tearjerker.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 5:10 PM
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Morgan Spurlock Inks One-of-a-Kind Deal with Associated Press, Partners with Virgil and Abramorama UPDATED

When you've got a brand, use it. Morgan Spurlock has made himself a name in documentaries. He's one of those prolific larger-than-life personalities who knows how to work the systems, and his indie production company Warrior Poets has now sealed a one-of-a-kind deal with Associated Press.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 4:47 PM
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The San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with 'Two Faces of January'

"The Two Faces of January" was a perfect opening night film. I love Patricia Highsmith and her malevolent worldview. Even if this wasn't Highsmith at her most iconic, the twisted and shifting allegiances among the sexy movie-star trio of Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaacs, set against the seductive and glamourous locales of Greece and Turkey, kept me engaged and occasionally enthralled.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2014 4:38 PM
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SF Film Society Awards Funding to Nine Narrative Features from Travis Mathews, Kat Candler and More

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation have unveiled the nine feature film projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding from their joint grant program. Several of these burgeoning filmmakers, from Travis Mathews to Ian Olds, already have considerable traction in the indie film scene.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 4:27 PM
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OddLot Taps 'Obvious Child' Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre for Untitled Divorce Comedy

Gillian Robespierre's achingly hilarious debut "Obvious Child" hasn't hit theaters yet, but she already has a new film in the works.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 3:53 PM
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How 'The German Doctor' Director Lucia Puenzo Found a Film in the Pages of Her Own Novel About Josef Mengele

Lucia Puenzo is both a director and a novelist, but she is foremost a storyteller. The Argentine filmmaker adapted her latest entry, the dark historical drama "The German Doctor," from her fifth novel. It follows a wayward family in 1960 Patagonia that takes in the devil in a blue sedan, an enigmatic figure who turns out to be Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi doctor who treated humans like entomological test subjects before fleeing to South America, where he died in exile.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 3:02 PM
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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret! (VIDEO)

A belated happy 73rd birthday to Ann-Margret, whose best movie--in my humble opinion--is the 1963 George Sidney musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 2:11 PM
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Hero Complex's 2014 Fest Lineup Boasts 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' James Cameron, 'Battlestar Galactica' and More

The LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, launching into its fifth year, has unveiled its genre-happy lineup for the 2014 edition. The screenings and live Q&As run May 30 through June 1 in Hollywood, all hosted by HC editor Gina McIntyre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 29, 2014 1:41 PM
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COLCOA Review: Isabelle Huppert Is All Strength in 'Abuse of Weakness'

The title of the film may be “Abuse of Weakness,” but Isabelle Huppert’s performance as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and then gets willingly conned by an ex-con is nothing but strong and steely-nerved. Which, of course, is to be expected from one of film’s best living actresses.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 29, 2014 1:17 PM
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