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Cannes 2013 Lineup Unveiled; American Auteurs Include Coen Brothers, Gray, Soderbergh, Payne

The complete lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was revealed Thursday morning, with the official selection including many expected titles from familiar faces from Cannes past. The American contingent includes the Coen brothers' period music movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" (CBS Films), also starring Mulligan along with Oscar Isaacs, James Gray's long-awaited "The Immigrant" (Weinstein Co.), starring Marion Cotillard, Steven Soderbergh's Liberace HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and Alexander Payne's black-and-white "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 1:21 PM
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Cannes Adds Vinterberg as Un Certain Regard Jury President, Coppola's 'Bling Ring' Opens Section

The Cannes Film Festival has invited writer-director Sofia Coppola to open Un Certain Regard, with her new film "The Bling Ring." She gets her own announcement a day ahead of the pack, partly because if the festival saw fit to offer her a coveted competition before, with "Marie Antoinette," it's clear that she didn't land that section this time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2013 8:04 PM
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Seven Films to Watch at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival: Israel's 'Big Bad Wolves,' 'Six Acts,' and More

As always, the feature films at Tribeca (April 17-28) are a mixed bag, which makes it difficult to identify trends. That said, think horror and Israel, and the broader Middle East. The Israelis are back with two features (one a world premiere) that are sure to get attention. Whether they warm anyone’s heart toward Israel is another question.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 17, 2013 2:59 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Creation of Nora Ephron Prize, Recognizes Woman Writer or Director with Distinctive Voice

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced the creation of a new award, the Nora Ephron Prize. The $25,000 award will recognize a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of writer-director Ephron (1941-2012).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cannes Unveils Short Film Selection, and Cinefondation Program

With the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival's feature film lineup coming on April 18, the festival, now in its 66th edition, has announced its short film selection and its Cinefondation program, which features student films. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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40th Telluride Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival has announced its call for entries in all categories, including student, short and feature-length films.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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Bermuda International Film Festival: Playing the Hits---and Shorts

Relatively speaking, if the New York Film Festival were the Bermuda International Film Festival, about 2 million people would be crowding into Lincoln Center every autumn.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 14, 2013 6:39 AM
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Sonoma Film Festival Day Three: Food, Wine and Taboo Subjects on Film

Today's Sonoma Film Festival theme: subjects once considered taboo explored on film. First up, "A Teacher," a brisk 75-minute first film written and directed by Hannah Fidell, well-received at Sundance, about a high school teacher's reckless affair with one of her AP English students -- he's in it for playful and casual sex, while she becomes obsessed and self-destructive.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Sonoma International Film Festival Day Two: More Food, Films and Wine!

It doesn't take much to make me happy: just a perfect Northern California spring day, five movies playing in eclectic venues within easy walking distance of a historic town square, and a festive and fancy free dinner (with wine) thrown in.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 12, 2013 6:30 PM
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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2013 2:30 PM
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