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San Francisco International Film Fest Selects Opening and Closing Night Films

Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its opening and closing night films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2014 8:36 PM
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols' Superpower Thriller 'Midnight Special,' with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton

Kirsten Dunst has won the female lead in Jeff Nichols’ latest, “Midnight Special,” being produced by Warner Bros. Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, who was directed by Nichols in both “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” are also set to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 2:51 PM
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As Berlinale Kicks Off, Watch Hollywood Speak Deutsch [VIDEO]

With the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17), check out these videos of Hollywood stars who speak German. Bradley Cooper's fluency in French? Passé. Deutsch is where it's at -- just ask Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:42 AM
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'Two Faces of January,' Hossein Amini's Directorial Debut Kicks Off with Mortensen, Dunst & Isaac

StudioCanal and Working Title announce principal photography has begun on "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, and was adapted by Hossein Amini ("Drive," "Snow White and the Huntsman"), who will also be making his directorial debut...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2012 4:09 PM
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Casting Watch: Dunst Joins Mortensen and Isaac for Patricia Highsmith Adaptation 'Two Faces of January'

Kirsten Dunst has been cast alongside Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac for "Two Faces of January," the directorial debut of "Drive" screenwriter Hossein Amini.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2012 5:32 PM
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Visits Set of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring"

Perennial Sofia Coppola muse Kirsten Dunst and rocker Gavin Rossdale have been spotted on the L.A. set of the writer-director's currently filming "The Bling Ring." That doesn't mean that the star of "Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" or the rhythm guitarist are necessarily in the movie, although Coppola loves throwing cameos into her flicks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 2:53 PM
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Sundance Reviews: Lean Mean 'Bachelorette' Shocks Festival, Too Hard or Too Soft?

Sundance comedy "Bachelorette" boasts an all-star girl comedy-pack: Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher. They play a hard-drinking and drugging trio who are horrified that their pudgiest gal pal (Aussie comedienne Rebel Wilson) is the first of their high school gang to get married.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2012 10:28 PM
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Cannes Actress Winner Dunst Forgives "Melancholia" Director Von Trier, Heads for Red Light Winter with Ruffalo

This year at Cannes, the person who squirmed sitting next to Lars von Trier at his notorious "Melancholia" Cannes press conference, during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody by calling himself a Nazi, was his star, Kirsten Dunst.  In the days to follow he apologized repeatedly for the "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2011 9:23 PM
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Oscar Watch: Which Indie Outsiders Have a Shot at Best Actress?

Last night I watched Ellen Barkin act her heart out in Sam Levinson's Sundance screenplay-winner "Another Happy Day" (Phase 4, November 18), which is saddled with an unfortunate generic title. At 57, Barkin has been around the block a few times, and while the movie opens with her two younger sons debating whether or not she is hot, the actress shows wear and tear, which never hurts with the Academy. In the movie, Barkin and her sons return to her family home for her older son's wedding, where her parents (Ellen Burstyn and George Kennedy) seem to favor her ex-husband (Thomas Hayden Church) and his new wife (Demi Moore) over their own daughter. Her troubled teen is played by creepy Ezra Miller, who also tortures his mother Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Passed-down generational neurosis and dysfunction is the story here, and Barkin wallows in it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2011 4:24 PM
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