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'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choice is hers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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Sundance Institute Returns from FILM FORWARD Initiative in China; Next Stops Include India, Morocco, Oklahoma

Sundance has been all over the world as of late. Sundance London debuted in early March, and the Institute has just returned from Beijing and Kunming, China, after its week-long "FILM FORWARD" initiative, which brought six Sundance titles and a host of workshops to emerging Chinese artists, filmmakers, students and film education faculty.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 4:50 PM
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Cannes Updates: 'On the Road,' 'Rust and Bone'

Let's get one thing out of the way: that leaked Cannes Line-Up was an April Fool's prank, no more, a French blog has admitted. The official selection is still in the head of Festival de Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux, who told AFP on Tuesday: "It was an April Fool's stunt played by a couple of jokers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2012 4:29 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 Tribeca Trailer: Doc 'Wagner's Dream' Showcases Challenging New Production of 'Ring' Cycle

Susan Froemke's "Wagner's Dream" follows the Metropolitan Opera's unprecedented, four-year challenge of a lavish new production of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring Cycle. The classical music doc will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 3:35 PM
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Art for the 99%: L.A. Artists, Funny or Die to Define Movement via Sweeping Cultural Event

If the 99% movement had an outstanding issue, it was defining themselves. The "All in for the 99%" hopes to change that on March 31 by showcasing art, music, and cultural activism that speaks to the 99%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 29, 2012 6:04 AM
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Columbia University Film Festival Goes Retro at Twenty-Five

New Yorkers this is for you. This year, the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a week-long festival of screenings and dramatic readings. The fest, which is co-presented by the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and Film Society of Lincoln Center, opens at Alice Tully Hall on May 4, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 3:12 PM
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Oddly, Tribeca Chooses Studio Tentpole 'Marvel's The Avengers' to Close 2012 Film Festival (Video)

New York's Tribeca is an odd film festival --without a coherent identity--that embraces indies and Hollywood alike. In what way does Disney/Marvel's upcoming "The Avengers" need to be a festival closing night attraction? It hardly needs a boost: like everyone else on the planet we already want to see it, given that Joss Whedon is in charge...
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 2:24 PM
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Cannes 2012 Festival's Cinefondation Short Films Competition Jury Led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Belgian director-writer and Cannes Fest fave (along with brother Luc), who is enjoying the success of arthouse hit "The Kid with a Bike," will preside over this year's Cinéfondation jury, which will select short films from film students.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 1:58 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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