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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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Interview: Ryan Coogler Talks Honoring Oscar Grant, Slain at 'Fruitvale Station' (UPDATED, TRAILER)

Ryan Coogler is the real deal. There's a reason why Harvey Weinstein scooped up "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance. He saw Oscar potential in it. This rookie Bay Area filmmaker grabbed a story he cared about and made it real. Audiences wept in Sundance and will do so again in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Award Winners, Oliver Stone Gets Emotional

At the closing awards ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Janos Szasz’s "Le Grand Cahier" (Hungary) took the top prize, the Crystal Globe, which comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer (Sandor Soth). The film also earned the Europa Cinemas Label. (Full list of winners below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2013 1:03 PM
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'XL' Leading Man Olafur Darri Olafsson Wins Best Actor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (TRAILER)

Now in its 48th year, the Karlovy Vary International in Czech Republic awarded Olafur Darri Olafsson with the Best Actor prize for his performance as a dissolute politician in Marteinn Thorsson's Icelandic drama "XL."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 6, 2013 2:32 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato XXVII: Allen Dwan, More Primitive than Noble

One of the centerpieces of this year's Bologna program is an Allen Dwan retrospective, "Noble Primitive," curated by Dave Kehr and Kevin Brownlow. So I am happily filling in some gaps -- well, actually there's almost nothing BUT gaps -- in my knowledge of the Dwan oeuvre (1885 -1981).
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 5, 2013 10:09 PM
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Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (VIDEO)

Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2013 2:07 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Day Two: Chaplin's 'One A.M.,' Ophuls' 'Sans Lendemain,' Burt Lancaster and More

I thought after my first marvelous and exhilarating day, flowing like silk after 8 1/2 hours of sleep, that I had the festival wired and jet lag beaten. Alexander Payne! A 1936 German comedy set in New York! Lino Brocka's second film, beautifully restored! Delicious pasta!
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 3, 2013 12:49 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' to Open the 70th Venice International Film Festival

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Will Open France's Deauville American Film Festival

The Deauville American Film Festival, which takes place in northwestern France August 30-September 8, has selected Steven Soderbergh's HBO-produced Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" as the opening night film. The fest will also stage a tribute to producer Gale Anne Hurd.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 2, 2013 1:44 PM
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Frameline Film Festival 2013 Winners: 'Out in the Dark,' 'Concussion,' 'Big Joy' and More (TRAILERS)

Frameline, the world's longest running LGBT film festival, announced its 2013 winners for both audience and juried awards after wrapping up its 37th year this past Sunday. Among honorees are "Out in the Dark," "Concussion" and "Big Joy."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 1, 2013 9:11 PM
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