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Telluride Lands a Rich Program and Key World Premieres Ahead of Toronto

The Telluride Film Festival program unspooling over Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 1) is choice, with 25 new features out of 85 feature films, short films and revivals from 28 countries. (Full program below.) Clearly, the festival did not lose the battle with the Toronto Film Festival. Venice got first dibs on the rapturously received "Birdman," "The Price of Fame," "The Look of Silence" and "99 Homes." And Open Road advance-screened its Telluride world premiere, Jon Stewart's debut film "Rosewater," for some critics (reviews here) which may not have been their best move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 2:38 PM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Will Close Fantastic Fest

Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest has added Open Road's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as the closing night film to its already strong genre lineup in Austin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 3:53 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Sophia Loren to Receive Career-Honoring AFI FEST Tribute

The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI FEST 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 7:00 AM
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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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Best of the Week: Return to 'Sin City,' Telluride Predictions, Emmy Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 23, 2014 11:00 AM
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TIFF Thriller 'Cut Bank' Picked Up by A24, DIRECTV

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 22, 2014 3:10 PM
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Screen Talk: Telluride Film Festival Predictions and Preview

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I will arrive in Telluride, a little mining town in the Colorado Rockies, when we'll finally learn what's actually on the Telluride Film Festival schedule. On this week's podcast, we suss out our best guesses on the program. What impact will the new rules of engagement--no Telluride premieres on Toronto's first weekend--have on the two festivals?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 12:41 PM
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New York Film Festival's Projections Lineup Promises 3 Days of Experimental Film

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has pulled back the curtain on the New York Film Festival's Projections lineup, a slate of experimental films unspooling October 3-5.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2014 2:45 PM
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