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'We Have a Pope' Director Nanni Moretti Talks Taking On The Vatican and Woody Allen (Video)

With "We Have a Pope," top Italian writer-actor-director Nanni Moretti takes us behind the scenes of a place that we are forbidden to enter, not unlike "The Queen" or "The King's Speech." He imagines what would happen if a Vatican cardinal finds out that he's elected as the Catholic Church's supreme religious leader, panics and rejects the job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 2:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Hunger Games' Futuristic Control Room

Without a doubt, the most fascinating design aspect of "The Hunger Games" is the futuristic control room, where the gamemakers not only keep tabs on all the Tributes but also stack the deck against Katniss whenever possible.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 30, 2012 5:59 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: TOKYOPOP's Stu Levy Talks Disaster Doc 'Pray for Japan'

When filmmaker Stu Levy flew from Los Angeles to Tokyo on March 9, 2011, he had no idea that he would return with close-up footage of one of the worst natural disasters in living memory.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • March 30, 2012 4:11 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: How 'Talhotblond' Went from Sexy Doc to Courteney Cox's TV Movie Directing Debut

What do Courteney Cox, an online love triangle and Lifetime movies have in common? "Talhotblond" -- a Lifetime movie about an online love triangle directed by Courteney Cox, making her TV movie debut.
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  • March 30, 2012 1:37 PM
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Hillary Johnson's Hollywood Satire 'Shooting Stars' Hits Amazon, Bookstores

"Shooting Stars," a Hollywood mystery satire from Dymaxicon Press, just went up on Amazon. The page-turner hits stores April 1. It's the funniest Hollywood novel I've read in a long time, up there with the likes of the two Peters, Farrelly and Lefcourt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 7:37 PM
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Media Watch: Industry Heavyweights Talk 'The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution'

"We are in the future and the future is now," said producer Paula Wagner in her intro to Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television's annual Steed Symposium, which mounted a heavyweight industry panel to talk "The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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Brownlow Restoration of Abel Gance’s 'Napoleon' Triumphs at Oakland’s Paramount Theater

If at all possible, you should get yourself over to the Paramount Theater in Oakland next weekend (March 31 and April 1) for the final two performances of Kevin Brownlow’s 5½ hour restoration of Abel Gance’s 1927 "Napoleon," accompanied by Carl Davis conducting the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the performance of his score.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 26, 2012 7:02 PM
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'The Hunger Games' Home Run; How the Filmmakers Did It

It's one thing to know that a book could launch a movie franchise-- and another to deliver it. Compare and contrast the respective fates of two would-be franchises: "John Carter" and "The Hunger Games." One was produced by a major studio under inexperienced new management, who put their trust in a rookie live-action director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2012 8:43 PM
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Must-See: LACMA Rare Film Series 'Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds'

To coincide with its excellent ongoing women Surrealists exhibit, LACMA will present a truly wondrous series of "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptations and iterations, running April 6 - 14. The films in the program range from classic to obscure, from kid-friendly to trippy. All are rarely screened, and many are gloriously restored 35mm prints.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2012 8:52 AM
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Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film like that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 8:10 PM
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