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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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Immersed in Movies Comic-Con EXCLUSIVE: Director James Mangold Previews 'The Wolverine'

On the eve of "The Wolverine" Comic-Con presentation this week in San Diego, James Mangold discussed what it was like tackling the most popular X-Men superhero. After all, what was the acclaimed director of "Walk the Line, "3:10 to Yuma," "Girl Interrupted," and "Cop Land" doing messing around with an expensive franchise?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2013 12:26 PM
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Galway Film Fleadh: Irish President Michael D. Higgins Guest of Honor at Closing Night Awards

Imagine that you met a guy named Barry O’-something–or-other at Sundance, or Tribeca, a real film fan who’d come every year, watch films in the seat right beside you, and then went off at some point and was elected president of the country.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 15, 2013 12:15 PM
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More: Festivals

Galway Film Fleadh: from Zachary Quinto and Saoirse Ronin to Aiden Gillen

You don’t hear the phrase “under the blazing Irish sun” very often, but that’s where the 25th annual Galway Film Fleadh is unfolding, in a city where it often rains and currently shines. Actually, it’s hot as hell, but the people and films are cool. Zach Quinto, who arrived yesterday (a little late for the “Star Trek” presentation but in time for an acting masterclass and screening of “Margin Call,” which he helped produce) almost immediately made a stop at a café here where he used to work.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 13, 2013 4:29 PM
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Outfest Review: Young Lovers Go Asunder in Mark Thiedeman's Lyrical Debut 'Last Summer'

What happens to the relationships you forge in high school, in your hometown, when you leave for greener pastures? That's the central question of Mark Thiedeman's lyrical narrative feature "Last Summer," which won the best director prize at the Little Rock Film Festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2013 3:42 PM
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Outfest Weekend Preview: What Films to See and Why We Need the Festival

Now celebrating its 31st birthday, Outfest is Los Angeles' chief LGBT film festival and this year the prodigious lineup boasts 155 films from 28 countries spanning docs, features and shorts.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2013 3:41 PM
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Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills' to Open Fantastic Fest (TRAILER)

Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas has selected Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" as its opening night film, where it will make its world premiere on September 19 before hitting theaters October 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 10, 2013 1:31 PM
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Saudi Arabia's First Woman Director Haifaa Al Mansour Named Jury President of Debut Film Award at Venice Film Festival

Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first woman filmmaker whose debut feature "Wadjda" has been a hit on the festival circuit since last fall, has been named President of the International Jury for the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running from August 28 through September 7.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2013 11:43 AM
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Comic-Con UPDATE: 'Metallica Through the Never,' Marvel, Sony, Fox Panels, Animation Talks Added to Lineup

Making a splash at 44-year-old Comic-Con will be rebooted indie distributor Picturehouse ("Pan's Labyrinth"), which is not only previewing clips from Nimrod Antal's 3-D IMAX film "Metallica Through the Never," but giving away 500 tickets to a live Metallica concert. Comic-Con has also added two days of animation events and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2013 11:47 AM
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