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Andy Griffith, Star of 'The Andy Griffith Show' and Kazan's Brilliant 'A Face in the Crowd,' Dies at 86

Most folks know Andy Griffith as the star of long-running television hit shows "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock." But the actor, who died at home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, gave several superb dramatic performances as well...
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2012 12:06 PM
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60 Seconds in the Bounty Hunting Business with 'Django Unchained': Giddy Up!

A new 60-second spot for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" debuted during the BET awards where the director and star Jamie Foxx presented. Christmas can't come soon enough. Enjoy:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 3, 2012 12:01 PM
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The 7th Annual Rome Film Festival: Marco Müller's Changes for November

Since he left the Venice International Film Festival, Marco Müller has been navigating the challenging shoals of the relatively young Rome Film Festival, changing the dates for the 7th installment (November 9 – 17, 2012) as well as its location (Auditorium Parco della Musica and other Rome venues). He has now made his plans known...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2012 11:52 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Starts off Strong

Sundance and Cannes sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild” successfully crossed from being a festival hit to early stage arthouse success with very good NY/LA platform openings, giving it a real shot for broader audience...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 2, 2012 4:18 PM
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Universal's Animation Whiz Chris Meledandri Supplies a Hit Big Enough for Its Own Ride: 'Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem' Opens at Orlando

You know you've made a successful family film if it gets its own theme park ride. Universal's Chris Meledandri, who headed the animation for hits "Despicable Me" and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," today gets to see the opening of Universal Orlando's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 3:25 PM
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Blip Online Video Network Gets on the Original Programming Bandwagon

Another day, another web-based company getting into original programming production and distribution, joining the likes of Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Crackle. Online video network Blip announces the launch of Blip Studios...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 2:43 PM
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First Trailer for Craig Zobel's 'Compliance,' Based on Twisted True Story of McDonald's Assault

Check out the trailer for Craig Zobel's "Compliance," based on the true story (featured in the video below) about the disturbing turn of events at a fast-food restaurant that proved just how stupid and gullible people can be in response to so-called-authority...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 2:18 PM
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Casting Watch: Cee Lo Green Joins Knightley, Ruffalo, Levine, Steinfeld & Keener in 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

Singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of "Can a Song Save Your Life?," John Carney's ("Once") rags-to-riches musician tale starrring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Green's "The Voice" fellow judge Adam Levine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 1:45 PM
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IDA Announces Shorts and Features for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Showcase, August 3-30

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announces twenty-eight films for its 16th annual DocuWeeks theatrical showcase, running August 3-30 in New York (IFC Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle NoHo 7)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Screenwriter Mick Garris on Curtiz's Mother-Daughter Nightmare 'Mildred Pierce'

It's "Joan Crawford Week!" at Trailers from Hell, and today screenwriter Mick Garris introduces the ultimate noir-melodrama, Michael Curtiz's "Mildred Pierce"...
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  • July 2, 2012 12:28 PM
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