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Tribeca Film Festival 2012 Will Open with 'The Five-Year Engagement' Starring Segel and Blunt

The Tribeca Film Festival will open its 2012 edition on April 18 with Universal romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" (April 27). The comedy stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as an engaged couple who keep postponing their wedding day. The Judd Apatow-produced slapstick comedy reunites director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Segel ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). The Festival will run through April 29. See trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 29, 2012 12:34 PM
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Cannes 2012 Unveils New Poster Starring Marilyn Monroe

The 65th Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its poster for 2012, starring a perennial fave: Marilyn Monroe.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 2:36 PM
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Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott's Your Film Festival as Juror and Co-Executive Producer; Video

Ridley Scott just got a mighty fine partner in crime for his new Your Film Festival, naming its first winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; Michael Fassbender will help the director-producer co-executive producer and choose the Grand Prize Winner of the Your Film Festival competition...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 12:57 PM
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Film Independent Fast Track Applications Due This Monday

Got an idea in your head for a movie but having trouble finding funding for it? If you do, and have you have weekend plans, cancel them: this Monday is the application deadline for Film Independents Fast Track, the financing market/conference for up-and-coming filmmakers that takes place at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 24, 2012 1:50 PM
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SXSW FIRST LOOK: 'Prince of Broadway' Director Sean Baker Debuts Poster for 'Starlet'

Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway" was a fine second feature and an honest indie gem. Check out our interview with Baker and "Price of Broadway" presenter Lee Daniels below. His third film, "Starlet," is set to debut at SXSW on March 11 and stars Dree Hemingway. Check out the full poster and synopsis below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 3:07 PM
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New Directors/New Films 2012 Opens With 'Where Do We Go Now,' Adds Horror, Family, Kubrick to Full Line-Up

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art have unveiled the 2012 lineup for the 41st New Directors/New Films festival, running March 21–April 1. The festival will showcase 29 features and 12 shorts, hailing from 28 countries.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 2:58 PM
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Berlin Fest Review & Prize Round-up: 'A Royal Affair,' 'Tabu,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Saturday the Berlin Film Festival dispensed its prizes, and the general mood pervading the air was that the docu-style feature “Caesar Must Die” by veteran Italian duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani was a surprise Golden Bear winner in a weaker than usual Competition year.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 19, 2012 4:08 PM
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Berlin Review: 'Bel Ami' Stars Rob Pattinson as Sexy Seducer

It makes sense that Rob Pattinson would continue his attempts to broaden his fan base as the "Twilight" franchise nears its end. Starring in a new film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel advances that project: Playing an unscrupulous ex-soldier who makes his way up the ladder of Parisian society by seducing wives of powerful men.
  • By David Gritten
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  • February 16, 2012 8:54 PM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Screenwriters Panel: Personal Experience Informs Both Adaptations and Originals, from 'The Help' to 'Margin Call'

Per usual, this year's screenwriters delivered at my "It Starts with the Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both Writers Guild nominee Will Reiser ("50/50") and Indie Spirit nominee Mike Mills ("Beginners") were digging into their own lives for their often painful and self-revelatory fictionalized stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 7:08 AM
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SXSW Releases Full 2012 Festival Lineup

Unknown ObjectThe South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival today revealed the full lineup for its 2012 conference and festival, scheduled to open on March 9 with the premiere screening of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," and run through March 17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 15, 2012 3:00 PM
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