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SFIFF 55: Judy Davis, 'Women with Cows,' "The Giants,' Rissient on Hawks

I have viewed myself into a corner; there’s practically nothing playing this afternoon that I haven’t already seen. I have prepared for this by checking out press screeners, despite my internal script that runs: “you don’t go to film festivals to watch movies on DVD.” So I choose either talking heads docs or movies with less than epic sweep.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 30, 2012 3:21 PM
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Sean Penn's Peace Summit Award Acceptance Speech: Haiti, Systemic Moral Corruption, A Sacred Debt

On April 25, Sean Penn accepted the Peace Summit Award at the twelfth annual Nobel Peace Laureate's World Summit in Chicago. The award was given to him by Nobel Peace Laureate president Mikhail Gorbachev and Mr. Udo Janz. His Holiness The Dalai Lama was also present. Penn's acceptance speech is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2012 2:52 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Aardman's Peter Lord Talks 'Pirates'

Stop-motion is back again this year with three animated releases: Aardman's "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" (opening tomorrow), Laika's "ParaNorman" (Aug. 17), and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" (October 5). And what I've seen of all three, the bar has been significantly raised technologically to keep up with CG...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 26, 2012 2:28 PM
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CinemaCon 2012: Sen. Chris Dodd's Opening Remarks: 'A Time of Transformative Change'

This speech was given by Sen. Chris Dodd (Chairman and CEO, MPAA) on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at CinemaCon 2012 and is reprinted here with his permission...
  • By TOH!
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  • April 24, 2012 2:22 PM
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Premiere at Tribeca, Sell at Cannes – The Israeli Solution?

In Tribeca 2012 there are three Israeli features, considered by critics who saw them in pre-festival screenings to be among the best in Tribeca’s offerings this year. They are "Yossi," by Eytan Fox; "Room 514," a first film by Sharon Bar-Ziv, shot in one room; and "The Flat," Arnon Goldfinger's documentary.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 1:03 PM
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Juliette Binoche Talks 'Elles,' Masturbation & her Upcoming Portrayal of Camille Claudel

If there’s one theme running through Juliette Binoche’s impressive and varied resume, it’s her desire to confound preconceived notions about the predominantly challenging women she portrays. That’s true of her latest film, "Elles," in which she plays a journalist and mother juggling domestic routines while toiling on an expose about prostitutes.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 23, 2012 12:04 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 3-D with 'Men in Black 3' Director Barry Sonnenfeld

I recently sat down for a private 3-D demo of "Men in Black 3" with director Barry Sonnenfeld, and the first thing that dawned on me was that there haven't been any noteworthy 3-D comedies during this current renaissance. It's all been shock and awe so far.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 21, 2012 12:19 PM
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Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan Talk Old-Fashioned 'Darling Companion' (Video)

It is no surprise that Lawrence Kasdan's return to movie directing after years of studio purgatory is not faring well with critics. Given the chance to make the kind of literate, charming relationship comedy Kasdan loves to make ("The Big Chill," "Grand Canyon"), he went ahead and did it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Farewell My Queen' Director Jacquot Takes a Sapphic Turn with Marie Antoinette

There's a reason why French director Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen" (July 13) was chosen to open the Berlin and San Francisco Film Festivals, as well as making its North American debut at COLCOA this week. The period movie, set in 1789 on the verge of Bastille Day, is a sexy period spectacle that takes us backstage at Versailles...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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Marketing Movie Marketing Takes Meta-Promo Too Far

I once got into a debate on Twitter about whether it was a journalist's job to post trailers and posters and new photos of upcoming movies--thus helping distributors to market their product.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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