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Comic-Con: Lionsgate/Summit Puts on Major 'Divergent' and 'Ender's Game' Push, Deflects Controversy

No question that the high point of Comic-Con so far is the Lionsgate/Summit panel to see a trailer for sci-fi "Ender’s Game" (November 1) which is directed by South African director Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") and aimed at boys, and first-ever footage from young adult "Divergent" (March 21, 2014, IMAX) which is directed by Neil Burger ("Limitless") and aimed at the "Twilight" crowd. Casting is strong on both book adaptations for which Summit harbors high hopes of franchise potential. But it's clear that while the media is aware of Summit's marketing push on these films, the hordes didn't pack into Hall H.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2013 4:33 PM
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Comic-Con First Look: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem,' Starring Christoph Waltz, Bald and Naked

So far, after one day Summit's "Divergent" and "Ender's Game" presentation provided the big news at Comic-Con. (More on that later.) In other news, Hall H saw the long overdue first woman moderator of a movie panel in Hall H, the LATimes' Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre. Jenna Busch has moderated one Sunday TV panel, according to Comic-Con staffers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2013 6:30 AM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies Exclusive: Marc Webb Slings 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

I grabbed "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb for a Comic-Con chat --he'll meet the fans at Friday's panel in Hall H at 5:30 pm. For him, the follow-up was not only about continuing the rite of passage of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker, but also learning more about the vernacular of tentpole movies. After all, Webb's only prior feature experience was helming "(500) Days of Summer," so he's still facing a steep learning curve in handling the demands of the superhero genre.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2013 6:00 AM
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Producer Christine Vachon to Receive Stony Brook Festival Award, Talks Her Career and Advice: "Be Platform Agnostic"

They say that those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym. But sometimes, those who can do also teach, and if you’ve made 70 movies over 20 years, while raking in a bunch of Independent Spirit award and Oscar nominations, apparently it’s time to share some of the expertise.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 18, 2013 2:45 PM
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Review: Tragi-Comedy 'Act of Killing' Confronts the Killer Inside (TRAILER)

With his documentary "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer has reset the bar for tragi-comedy. As in, don’t even bother trying, Hollywood. Ever again. In fact, why don’t we just dispense with next year’s Oscar race right now and give both the best documentary and the best feature award to this film? It even has a musical within it, so it could take that category at the Globes, too.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • July 18, 2013 1:48 PM
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'Web Theatre' Returns to Venice Film Festival, Makes Official Selection Films Available for Streaming Online

After being introduced as an experiment in last year's Venice International Film Festival, the Orizzonti section's Web Theatre returns. This virtual online theater screens a selection of films playing concurrently on the Lido, but made available to audiences around the world.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 2:39 PM
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Locarno International Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Kicks Off August 7

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival, kicking off August 7, has unveiled its lineup. Included in the fest's selections are Richard Curtis' time-travel romantic comedy "About Time," starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's ("The Deep") "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's "Our Sunhi."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 12:23 PM
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Sundance Institute Unveils 'Next Weekend' Festival Lineup; Includes 'Blue Caprice,' 'A Teacher,' 'Cutie and the Boxer' and More

The Sundance Institute has unveiled the lineup for its first-ever Next Weekend film festival, running August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Included in the 10-feature and 10-short program are Alexandre Moors' "Blue Caprice," Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher" and Zachary Heinzerling's documentary "Cutie and the Boxer." Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 1:30 PM
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Outfest Review: 'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton' an Ecstatic Portrait of the Artist

Revered at Tribeca, SXSW and Frameline and now playing at Outfest, "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton" traces the life and times of the titular revolutionary and artist.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 15, 2013 4:35 PM
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Claudia Cardinale Guest of Honor for Venice Film Festival's Classic Film Lineup; Includes Rossellini, Renoir, Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' and More

Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. This year's program includes Roberto Rossellini's "Paisan," Jean Renoir's "La bete humaine" and a Satyajit Ray program. (William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" was previously announced, and will open the series.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 1:15 PM
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