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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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Okinawa International Movie Festival Celebrates Comedians

Laughter is the best medicine: the residents of Okinawa should know. On Friday, this tropical prefecture in south Japan welcomed 50 of the country’s leading comedians to launch the 4th edition of the Okinawa International Movie Festival (March 24 - 31: 2012), which is dedicated to laughter and peace.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • March 25, 2012 1:55 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Interviews, Trailers, In the Works, and 'The Hunger Games'

"Hunger Games" Arrives: We highlight the film in our Weekend Preview, and analyze how the filmmakers achieved a well-earned home run. We posted an interview round-up from the cast and mapped out Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming acting roles. For a sneak peak of the film, you can tour the Capitol City, but fans beware, we also reported the scammers are after "Hunger Games" related keywords.
  • By TOH!
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  • March 23, 2012 8:44 PM
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WESTDOC Moves to Culver City, Early Registration Now Open for Event Sept. 9-12

Filmmakers may want to take advantage of discounted early registration now through April 30 for WESTDOC: The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference. The third annual event, which offers access to execs involved in funding and acquiring docs, nonfiction and reality programs, moves to Culver City this year.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • March 23, 2012 5:53 PM
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"Rendez-Vous with French Cinema" Hosts Screenings of Seven Contemporary French Films, Adds Interactive Q & As

Francophile Alert! This year, Unifrance Films is partnering with L.A.'s Laemmle Theatres, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Emerging Pictures to present "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema." The series sets out to highlight the best of contemporary French film by screening seven films in over 50 U.S. cities in March.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 21, 2012 2:08 PM
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TCM Classic Film Fest & D23 Team for Screenings of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Two Disney classics, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 3:56 PM
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Sundance London Special Events and Panels: Wainwright, McGarrigle, Placebo, Prince of Wales & More

The Sundance Institute and The O2 announce the special events and panels for the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival, which runs April 26-29. Musical events include ‘Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing Kate McGarrigle,’ following the world premiere of Lian Lunson's film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 12:41 PM
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San Francisco Fest Opener: Lush French Period Drama 'Farewell, My Queen,' Starring Kruger and Seydoux

The San Francisco International Film Festival will open with "Farewell, My Queen" on April 19 at the Castro Theatre. The historical drama, from director Benoît Jacquot, stars Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds," "National Treasure") as Queen Marie Antoinette and Léa Seydoux...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 12:36 PM
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11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival Lures Women Directors Julie Taymor, Rory Kennedy, Lynn Shelton

The 11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregan will host 94 films from around the world from April 12th to the 16th. This year, several women directors will attend the festival, including special guests Julie Taymor ("The Lion King" and "Spider-Man" musicals, "Across the Universe") and Ondi Timoner ("We Live in Public"), two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 18, 2012 9:57 PM
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SXSW 2012 Remaining Audience Winners Include Matthew Lillard Short and Aneurin Barnard-Starrer 'Citadel'

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival already announced jury award-winners for narrative ("Gimme the Loot") and documentary ("Beware of Mr. Baker") and audience award-winners for narrative ("Eden") and documentary ("Bay of All Saints").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2012 1:34 PM
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