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LAFF: Jonathan Demme Talks 'Passion for Filming Real Life,' Neil Young as 'Wandering Troubador' in 'Journeys' (VIDEO)

New York flmmaker Jonathan Demme is showing at LAFF the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, "Neil Young Journeys" (June 29), which debuted at Toronto. Demme likes alternating the long gestation and production periods necessary for fiction films with micro-budget documentaries. But good features are hard to find. "I can't dream up tentpole movies," he says. "I see these movies, many of them wonderful, like 'Iron Man.' I could never do that! It's a question of the necessity and passion for filming real life."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2012 2:18 PM
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Moviegoers Follow Females of a Certain Age: Dench and Smith Make Unlikely Marquee Stars

In “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Judi Dench and Maggie Smith take second place to no male actors and can certainly claim much of the credit for that quirky independent comedy’s $115, 745,000 worldwide box office gross (as of June 15). In the movie and television world that thrives far beneath the tent poles of “Avengers” and “Transformers,” these two English actresses have become marquee names.
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  • June 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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Cannes 2012: Peggy Siegal Earns Her Press Badge, Hangs with Stars and David Geffen, Chases Yachts and Clients

New York press agent/party thrower/Oscar publicist Peggy Siegal flew into Cannes this May on "Mud" producer Lisa Marie Falcone's private jet; they barely squeezed in all their luggage and designer frocks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 7:22 PM
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Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Premieres, Reviews, Interviews, In-the-Works and More

This week on TOH, we offer 10 important takeaways (some courtesy of Chris Nolan) from the Produced By Conference 2012, both Woody Allen's underwhelming "To Rome with Love" and Pixar's "Paperman" had premieres at LA Film Fest, modern Gothic screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith talks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and more!
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  • June 15, 2012 4:24 PM
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Weekend Preview: Must-Sees Are Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' & Art Doc 'Marina Abramovic'

We'll waste no time on "Rock of Ages" (47% rotten) and "That's My Boy" (14% rotten), focusing instead on the two best films opening this weekend. Contrary to its tepid banner ads, Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" is refreshingly simple and authentic. Per her improv-based directorial style, stars Mark Duplass (who also starred in her "Humpday"), Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt are a joy to watch as they navigate through a charged romantic triangle involving two sisters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2012 1:31 PM
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Streep Lays Out Women's Pic Studio Stats at Women in Film Awards: "Why Don't They Want the Money?"

If women make up 51 percent of all moviegoers, “Why don’t they want the money?” asked Meryl Streep at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Tuesday night. She cited five movies in less than five years aimed at women, costing a fraction of the cost of studio tentpoles, that grossed $1.6 billion combined worldwide...
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  • June 13, 2012 3:13 PM
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'Safety Not Guaranteed' Director Colin Trevorrow Uses The Duplass Effect on TV Stars Plaza and Johnson

Want to make a good movie? Think Seattle and serial collaborators Mark and Jay Duplass. Colin Trevorrow does not pull back on his praise of Mark Duplass, who helped to produce as well as starring in "Safety Not Guaranteed," which launched at Sundance in January to gushes of praise (here's Time).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2012 7:17 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Aronofsky's 'Noah' Wants Winstone, Watson & Wife; Penelope Cruz Joins 'Counselor,' Reteams with Almodovar

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is adding to its ark. Aussie Russell Crowe will play the titular Biblical character, while Brit Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast," "The Departed," "Hugo") has been offered the villain role. Emma Watson is in talks to join as Ila, a girl rescued by Noah, a role Dakota Fanning had to turn down due to scheduling conflicts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 12, 2012 4:28 PM
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Interview: 'Your Sister's Sister' Director Lynn Shelton Talks Mark Duplass, Acting, and an Indie Model that Works (VIDEO)

Slow and steady sometimes does win the race. Indie filmmakers would do well to emulate Lynn Shelton. Trained as an actress and photographer, Shelton shot documentaries and music videos and has been championed by film festivals at her home base Seattle...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2012 4:28 PM
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The Paramount Picture: 116 Stars, from Indiana Jones, Captain Kirk, Jack Dawson and Ethan Hunt to Aurora Greenaway, Danny Zuko, Benjamin Button and The Godfather

The Paramount Picture at Vanity Fair (where you can access close-ups of the faces) celebrates the studio's 100 years with 116 of its "greatest talents ever to work at the studio." Can you match the stars with their iconic studio roles? Tom Cruise fed the studio for decades, from "Top Gun" through "Mission Impossible"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2012 1:44 PM
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