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'Imposter' Bourdin Has Storied Past with Hoodwinked Journalists, Turns to YouTube (VIDEO)

Bart Layton's "The Imposter," which has been doing solid business in New York and opens in Los Angeles on August 3, follows the unbelievable deceptions of one Frederic Bourdin, who impersonated missing Texan child Nicholas Barclay in the mid-'90s, and was taken in by Barclay's family as their abducted son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 6:10 PM
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'Sight & Sound' Top 50: Editor Nick James Talks Changes in List and Voters

Finally, the citadel has been stormed. Orson Welles’s masterpiece "Citizen Kane" is no longer “The Greatest Film of All Time,” according to the latest poll from "Sight & Sound." The magazine has conducted these polls every 10 years since 1962, and "Citizen Kane" emerged at number one five times. Finally it has been dethroned...
  • By David Gritten
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  • August 1, 2012 4:07 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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Watch the Trailer for Lee Daniels' Sweaty Southern Gothic, 'The Paperboy'

Check out the new trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," the Cannes reviews for which inspired our sweaty found poem. It's been called everything from "Lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid" to "Southern pulp trash," with one critic declaring that the "stench will always linger on the filmographies of everyone involved"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 2:24 PM
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'Vertigo' Tops New Sight and Sound Top 50 List; '2001: A Space Odyssey' Most Recent in Top Ten

Sight and Sound has posted the results of its latest Top 50 Films of All Time poll, voted on by more global film critics than ever before. (The full story is in the September issue.) "846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over. Our critics’ poll has a new number one." Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" finally supplanted Orson Welles' top-ranked "Citizen Kane," which moved to number 2. (I also voted--my list is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood,' Shelved for 19 Years, Finished for Dutch Festival Debut

When actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993, the film he was currently shooting, Dutch director George Sluizer's "Dark Blood," was seemingly put on permanent hold. Now, 19 years after he began the project, 80-year-old Sluizer has finished the film and it will premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on September 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:57 PM
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TIFF TRAILER WATCH: Alex Gibney's Stylish, Haunting 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' Hits the Vatican Hard

Check out the haunting trailer for Alex Gibney's Vatican exposé "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," premiering at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:37 PM
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New Academy President Hawk Koch Takes Leave of Absence from Running Producers Guild of America

As expected, for the moment Hawk Koch can't run the Producer's Guild of America and the Acdemy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at the same time. The PGA sent out a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 1:30 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Ken Russell's Drastically Cut and Uncut "The Boyfriend"

"Don't Knock the Music!" week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-producer Dan Ireland introducing Ken Russell's fantastic Twiggy-starrer "The Boyfriend."
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  • August 1, 2012 1:14 PM
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China YOU On Demand Pacts with Hollywood Studios for VOD

China's largest pay-per-view and video-on-demand platform, YOU On Demand, has added Paramount Pictures to its roster of studio partners. Other content suppliers include Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, Lionsgate, Miramax Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, and Film Buff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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