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LA's Classic Film Series 'Last Remaining Seats' Faces the Digital Steamroller

“Last Remaining Seats” is the title of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s yearly classic film series. This year, as the series begins on Saturday (June 1) with a sold-out screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief,” the title is more than a little ironic.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 31, 2013 11:30 AM
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Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Designs 40th Anniversary Telluride Film Festival Poster

Yes, I have acquired my pass for the celebratory 40th Telluride Film Festival, which adds an extra day to its usual four-day Labor Day weekend festivities (August 29 – September 2, 2013). This year the fest, which is presented by National Film Preserve LTD., gave the design of its 2013 poster to Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, who will attend the fest to sign posters for attendees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 3:53 PM
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The Real Woman Who Inspired Richard Linklater's 'Before Sunrise'

A beautiful if sad story emerges today that makes Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, even more moving. Forrest Wickman at Slate reveals that if one waits until the last seconds of the closing credits of recently released "Before Midnight," a woman is thanked: Amy Lehrhaupt. Nearly 25 years ago, Linklater met Lehrhaupt in Philadelphia and the two spent an unforgettable night together.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:28 PM
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TV Stars Make Movies: Jon Hamm Goes Disney, Whither Hendricks, Moss, Cranston?

Don Draper has gone Disney. With the news of Jon Hamm starring in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," which centers on the true story of one man's Mumbai discovery of the next pitching sensation in baseball, we take a look at four TV stars who are primarily known for one role -- and what their big-screen prospects are.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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Weekend Preview: Head to 'The East' and Must-See 'Hannah Arendt'; Critics Skewer Shyamalan's 'After Earth'

If you live in a "limited release" city, then you've got a fine array of moviegoing options for the weekend. Zal Batmanglij's "The East," starring co-writer Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, is a smart anti-establishment thriller gaining good reviews from critics. Same goes for Sundance comedy "The Kings of Summer," a small-town coming-of-age tale in the vein of "Stand by Me."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:07 PM
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'Night of the Ad Eaters' Festival Celebrates Best of Global Advertising

In the midst of a world tour, producer Jean Marie Boursicot's 30-year-old international advertising cinema festival, "The Night of the Ad Eaters," is hitting L.A. for one night on May 31 at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. The special three-hour event features hundreds of the world’s most creative and outrageous commercials on the big screen; the ads come from 40 different countries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:42 PM
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Interview: Brit Marling Writes and Toplines Anarchist Thriller 'The East,' "an action film for a girl" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Brit Marling is a fascinating example of a brainy talent who in 2009 turned her back on the financial security of Wall Street to follow her yen to make movies. She and her Georgetown buddy Zal Batmanglij, while they were unable to get work in film, spent that first summer trawling around the country with backpacks living off the grid with anarchist collectives, direct action groups and freegans, dumpster diving and train hopping, which later became rich fodder for their current film, their second together, the terrorist thriller "The East" (May 31). See our flipcam interview and trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:14 PM
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Ford Foundation Adds Sundance's Mertes as JustFilms Director, Funding Social Issue Docs

One of the key posts in the documentary world has been taken by Cara Mertes, who was director of the Sundance Institute's documentary film program. She'll now be director of the Ford Foundation's social justice filmmaking program JustFilms, which was founded by departing Orlando Bagwell and is under the Ford Media Arts and Culture unit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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In the Works: Why Bruckheimer Wanted 'Kon-Tiki' Directing Duo for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

The directing team of Norway's Oscar-nominated high-seas adventure film "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, have landed the helming gig on Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean 5." The Jerry Bruckheimer production is set for a late 2013 or January 2014 start.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 1:47 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Man of Steel' Set Visit: Making Superman Relevant Again (VIDEO)

There's no better metaphor for "Man of Steel" than the Faded Glory emblem on the side of the building behind Henry Cavill's Superman. Zack Snyder's existential reboot is all about returning the glory to DC's legendary superhero (which turned 75 this year), and making him stand tall again beside Batman in the 21st century. In fact, I asked Snyder about faded glory during a visit to the Smallville set two years ago in Plano, Illinois, outside of Chicago, where you could glimpse the wreckage of General Zod's attack on Clark Kent's hometown.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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