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Moscow Junket Diary One: White Nights, Red Square and 'Two Days'

I am on a junket to Moscow. It's not the normal press junket, where Fox or Disney ships a cadre of TV and online scribes to London to interview Ridley Scott and Charlize Theron for "Prometheus," or Scotland for "Brave." This one is unusual.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2012 5:24 AM
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Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." All this and more below!
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  • June 22, 2012 5:27 PM
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LAFF: 'Middle of Nowhere' Gets Two Standing Ovations; DuVernay & Cast Talk Black Films Reaching Audiences In A Meaningful Way [New Teaser]

Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" played to a full house and two standing ovations at its Gala screening at the LA Film Fest on June 20. The drama is honest and immersive, moving and sexy, funny and unexpected.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2012 3:39 PM
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The Art of the Mystery Doc: Must-Sees 'Searching for Sugar Man' and 'The Imposter'

Festival faves "The Imposter" (Indomina, July 13) and "Searching for Sugar Man" (Sony Pictures Classics, July 27) are two hit Sundance docs that play like features. In other words, their directors manipulate their stories so that we are left in the dark, eagerly following clues, seeking the answer to mysteries that unfold in surprising ways.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2012 5:50 PM
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LAFF Mid-Fest Report: Reviews, Exclusive Clips and Ursula Meier Talks Oscar-Worthy 'Sister' (VIDEO)

Halfway through Film Independent's LA Film Fest, we've sampled a spectrum of films, among them a gala premiere ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"), an indie debut ("Pincus"), indie gems ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Gimme the Loot"), a foreign stunner ("Sister") and powerful docs ("The Invisible War," "Birth Story").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 7:17 PM
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Academy Announces Summer Long 'Last 70mm Film Festival'

As the film industry prepares to say good-bye--despite the efforts of celluloid holdout Christoher Nolan-- not only to Kodak but to film stock itself, the Academy is celebrating 70mm films all summer long with "The Last 70mm Film Festival." It will kick off at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on July 9 with "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and a reunion of its cast (including Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg and casting director Lyn Stalmaster). Check out the lineup below. More details will be available here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 5:00 PM
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LAFF Keynote Speaker Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk: Production and Distribution Revolution

Continuing an honorable tradition, CInedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk, who has been around the block a few times, from Disney/Miramax and Universal to MGM/United Artists and Overture Films, gave the Los Angeles Film Festival State of the Independents keynote speech Saturday morning. He sees this year as a watershed transition to digital: we are in the middle of a production and distribution revolution, he says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2012 1:18 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Opens with Woody Allen: Advance Picks

Of course folks will flock to see the big ticket items at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," complete with the self-deprecatory filmmaker, who said, "I'm here to introduce the cast. If you like it, tell your friends and Sony so they don't put it in the witness protection program."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 9:54 PM
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Review Roundup: 'To Rome with Love' Not Wooing Critics

Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" had its stateside debut last night at the LA Film Fest, and American critics seem slightly more wooed by the director's latest loveletter to a foreign city than the Italians, but not by much. Review round-up below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 3:03 PM
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Fox Searchlight and Red Flag Debut Busy Duplass Bros' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' On VOD

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and indie Red Flag Releasing. The VOD release date is June 26, and a theatrical release follows July 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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