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55th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Awards and Prizes at Golden Gate Awards Party

While the Golden Gate Awards party was going on at the Rasselas Jazz Club and Restaurant on Fillmore, I was some 33 miles south, at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, watching Howard Hawks’ “A Girl in Every Port,” accompanied by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2012 4:32 PM
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Cannes Market 2012: Pattinson's 'Mission'; Brosnan & Wilson's 'Coup'; Colfer's 'Lightning'; Cooper's 'Out of the Furnace'; SXSW's 'Frankie Go Boom'

Myriad projects across a range of budgets and genres will be announced and shopped at Cannes. But while some are completed, others are in earlier stages of development and may never see the light of day; having the right talent attached will help get them sold in territories around the world and get the coin necessary for the green light.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2012 1:02 PM
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Confirmed: Sean Penn Goes to Cannes, for Haiti Benefit

Cannes Fest Director Thierry Fremaux was right when he suggested that Sean Penn would show in Cannes 2012. Sure enough, he's coming, not with his fall film "Gangster Squad," but as part of a first-of-its kind Carnival in Cannes benefit gala dinner on May 18 at the Festival Agora to raise money for three Haiti organizations:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2012 11:03 AM
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BFI Takes on Alfred Hitchcock in Snappy, Vivid Trailer

The British Film Institute just issued a graphic-heavy trailer as a way to promote their upcoming celebration of master auteur Alfred Hitchcock from June to October. The short is an unexpected twist on Saul Bass-influenced credits -- clever and pert. In semi-related news, check out our update of Gervasi's upcoming "Hitchcock" feature.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 5:32 PM
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Tribeca Enterprises Partners with Maker Studios for YouTube Channel The Picture Show

On the same day that Amazon Studios announced a new television initiative, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff's Tribeca Enterprises (which mounts the Tribeca Film Festival and runs distributor Tribeca Films) and popular online distributor Maker Studios are partnering to create a new YouTube channel, The Picture Show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 4:38 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival 55: 'Abramovic,' 'Neighboring Sounds,' and Kenneth Branagh

Kind of a light Festival day: viewed a DVD that I loved, saw a new movie onscreen that was a first feature and reminded me why we go to film festivals, went to a cocktail party that didn’t feel like one, and attended Kenneth Branagh’s tribute for the Founder’s Directing Award. First up, the DVD: “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.”
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 2, 2012 4:19 PM
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Austin Film Festival Announces 2012 Conference Panelists

The Austin Film Festival & Conference continues its week-long exchange of ideas between industry icons and new visionaries with an impressive line-up of speakers and panelists for its 19th go-round, listed below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 10:09 AM
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Los Angeles Film Fest Reveals Full Lineup; Will Close With A Lap Dance

Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival is finalizing its full lineup. From June 14-24, the 18th annual festival will showcase nearly 200 features, shorts and music videos representing over 30 countries at its LA Live venue. Opening the fest is Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," while Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" will close with a world premiering strip dance--and we can hope, a lap dance from Channing Tatum.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 1:43 PM
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SUNDANCE LONDON: Minnie Driver, David Harewood Table Read Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Autobiographical 'Farming'

The inaugural Sundance London had much to recommend it over the weekend: the presence of Robert Redford; a concert by Rupert and Martha Wainwright; a giant white dome (the O2 Arena) in which to seek shelter from the non-stop rain while catching the pick of this year’s Sundance crop...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 1, 2012 12:21 PM
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Seattle Int'l Film Festival: Complete 2012 Lineup Includes Anderson, Shelton, Winterbottom, Meireilles, Polley

The longest festival in the US, the Seattle International Film Festival boasts a record 24 world premieres for its 38th edition running May 17 - June 10, unspooling a total of 273 features and 187 shorts representing 75 countries. Among the films, 180 are currently without distribution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 30, 2012 5:20 PM
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