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In ProMotion Pictures Competition, Students Tell Subway Stories

At first glance, the term 'branded content' sounds to me more like a rancher's term than a filmmaker's, but in the ProMotion Pictures competition, it's the stuff that sells.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • April 16, 2012 6:19 AM
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Paul Rudnick Loves French Women

You may remember Paul Rudnick from his years writing under the guise of Libby Gelman Waxner in Premiere, who wound up every piece with the line, "If you ask me." The playwright/screenwriter ("In and Out," "Addams Family Values") can be hilarious and has outdone himself in the current issue of The New Yorker...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2012 1:12 AM
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'Monsieur Lazhar' Director Falardeau Talks Educational Boundaries, Says 'Death is Absurd'

Canada's "Monsieur Lazhar," from director Philippe Falardeau (One of five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film; it lost to Iran's "A Separation"), is a quiet portrait of a mysterious new teacher (Mohamed Fellag) and his suffering young pupils, all of whom are coping with tragedy...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2012 3:08 PM
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Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence vs. Our Toxic Misogynist Culture

In the past week, actresses and their weight have been front and center. When moviegoers suggested that Kate Winslet was too fat in the 3-D rerelease of the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," she responded that she's now thinner than co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Lawrence was described as not hungry enough in "The Hunger Games."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 10, 2012 5:29 PM
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Best Stories of the Week: 'Titanic' Returns, TV Slate Gets Competitive, Cannes Update, Fernandez Joins Indiewire

This week at TOH, Indiewire made an excellent new hire, the spring TV lineup is dividing our attention, Kate and Leo are back in 3D, and more!
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  • April 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 6, 2012 3:57 PM
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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.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • March 30, 2012 1:37 PM
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