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Review: John Turturro Casts Himself Opposite Woody Allen in 'Fading Gigolo'

Directing himself and Woody Allen in Miami Fest entry 'Fading Gigolo,' triple-threat John Turturro navigates tricky sexual territory with delicacy.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 15, 2014 2:46 PM
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Cannes 2014 Poster Gives Marcello Mastroianni His Glorious Closeup

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival has debuted the poster for its 67th edition, and, as to be expected, it's suitably iconic. The great Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996) gets his close-up in an image from Fellini's 1963 classic "8 1/2." Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2014 11:42 AM
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'Hank and Asha': How Two Newlyweds Shot a Long-Distance Romance on Their Honeymoon

"We premiered at Slamdance last year and won an award there, and have been on the festival circuit for a year at 25 to 30 festivals, where we won a bunch of awards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2014 8:00 PM
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Best of the Week: Jarmusch Ranked, Nic Cage's Soul Still Dances in 'Joe,' Ten Best 'Mad Men' Episodes & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share together, "Joe" is ultimately too underpowered to make it anything other than ordinary.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 11, 2014 2:57 PM
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Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of 'Oklahoma!' Opening TCM Festival

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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French Debut Feature 'Party Girl' to Open the 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard

"Party Girl," a debut feature written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, is set to open the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2014 12:54 PM
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Meet the Boise Film Underground, a Band of Indie Filmmakers Hard at Work in Idaho

Give it a few years, and Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival could be a spring Telluride: an intimate, filmmaker-friendly event buzzing with savvy cinephiles and industry mavens, and screening top international art cinema either off the festival circuit or for the first time. Here are five reasons why you should go.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 10, 2014 6:45 AM
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The 17th Sonoma International Film Festival: Wine, Docs and Food Films (Award-Winners)

Walking around Sonoma, I remembered that last year I named it "the town of good smells": jasmine, roses, citrus, sometimes briefly overwhelmed by garlic, grilled meat, beer.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 9, 2014 6:40 PM
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Lisa Cholodenko Is Guest Director of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) has revealed that filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will serve as artistic guest director for the upcoming edition of the fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 2:34 PM
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