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The 39th Telluride Film Festival Calls for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival (August 31 – September 3, 2012) is calling for entries in all categories including student, short and feature length films. Each year the must-attend four-day Telluride Film Festival plays host to an average of 24 feature films and 25 shorts and student films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 19, 2012 6:19 PM
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SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awards night on April 26.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:05 PM
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Cannes Line-Up Analysis: Two Weinstein Aussie Auteurs Join Competition, No Women (Trailers & Posters)

We'll have to wait for the latest offerings from Wong Kar Wai, Paul Thomas Anderson, Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance, Olivier Assayas, Manuel de Oliveira, and Park Chan-wook. But the competition Cannes line-up for 2012 leans on American indies, boasts two star-studded Australian pick-ups from Harvey Weinstein, two stars from "Twilight," and no women directors. The femme directors at Cannes are shunted to Un Certain Regard (the Director's Fortnight list comes later), comme toujours.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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New Trailer and Early Reviews: Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' Triangle Stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt

Actress-writer-director Lynn Shelton's fourth feature, "Your Sister's Sister" (June 15), showcases an exhilarating trio of actors at the top of their improv game: Mark Duplass ("Humpday"), Rosemarie DeWitt ("Rachel's Getting Married," and Emily Blunt ("Young Victoria"). (See the new official trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 4:29 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's Producer Tips 'The Master' for Cannes? UPDATE: It Was Pitt-Starrer 'Killing Them Softly'

"Cannes," reads the cryptic tweet at @annapurnapics, the Twitter account for the production company, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, behind Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." "Uh oh, just tell us now if we should book our ticket...," tweets Anderson-affiliated @cigandredvines.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 3:46 PM
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Cannes Fest Closer Is Late Claude Miller's Last Film 'Therese Desqueyroux,' Starring Audrey Tautou

The Festival de Cannes pays tribute to the late director Claude Miller by booking his last film "Thérèse Desqueyroux," starring Audrey Tautou, for closing night. The director died on April 4 after finishing the final edit of the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 2:16 PM
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Tribeca Watch: Felicity Jones in 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'

Felicity Jones can do Shakespeare ("The Tempest") or indie romance ("Like Crazy"). Warren Beatty cast her in his new Howard Hughes movie--which may or may not get made. Next up: Donald Rice's 1930s period comedy "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" debuts at Tribeca on April 20 and seeks a North American distributor.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Scoops Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Before Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 5:52 PM
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James Cameron and Vince Pace Forecast Future of Broadcast 3-D at NAB 2012

Las Vegas...If anybody deserves to brag, it’s James Cameron and Vince Pace. And that is exactly what the two 3-D giants did for the first 10 minutes of their panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 17, 2012 3:26 PM
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