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Review: Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

Confession: going into "The Bling Ring," I was hopeful that I’d find the Sofia Coppola of "Marie Antoinette" rather than the Sofia Coppola of "Somewhere" parked behind the camera. Surely, a true-life Hollywood tale as fundamentally ludicrous as fame-and-celebrity-obsessed hipster teens targeting freebie-laden homes of the rich and famous cried out for the leering (but not sneering) pop-art approach Coppola brought to her portrait of the pampered French queen, rather than the deadpan, going-round-in-circles approach she applied to her tale of an alienated movie star.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • June 13, 2013 12:58 PM
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LAFF: Bernard Rose and Danny Huston Reunite with 'Boxing Day,' Third in Tolstoy Series (VIDEO)

Transplanted Brit writer-director Bernard Rose and Hollywood scion Danny Huston have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Casting Huston in "IVANSXTC," a llittle-seen 2002 success d'estime that in many ways presaged the indie digital age, jumpstarted the would-be director's career as an actor. Huston keeps coming back for more, because with Rose he winds up doing his best acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 4:08 PM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Jury Announced

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its jurors for the 2013 fest, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A. Jury members include directors Sean Baker ("Starlet") and Clay Tweel ("The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters") and producers Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel") and Lesley Chilcott ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth"). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 1:35 PM
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Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Star-Studded Lineup

The 2013 Palm Springs International Shortfest and Short Film Market has announced its showcase of 330 films, including 70 world premieres. This is the beginning of winnowing for the Oscars, as all films that win first place in the fest's four programs -- which span action, comedies, dramas, thrillers and more -- are Oscar eligible. An array of celebrities sprinkle the film lineup, including Cate Blanchett, Adam Driver, Lauren Ambrose, Mireille Enos, Elle Fanning and Emma Thompson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:18 PM
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Paul Schrader to Head Orizzonti Jury at 70th Venice Film Festival, 'The Canyons' Will Screen Out of Competition

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader has been chosen as the president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, celebrating its 70th year this August. Schrader's new film "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, will screen out of competition at the Italian fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 12:59 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival 'Coffee Talks' Series to Include Shane Black, Virginia Madsen, Atticus Ross and More

Film Independent's 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A., has announced the lineup for its popular "Coffee Talks" series, scheduled for June 16. Four talks will take place over the course of the day, and feature talent such as writer-director Shane Black ("Iron Man 3"), actress Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), musician Atticus Ross ( Oscar winner for "The Social Network") and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Amsterdam Film Festival Awards

Congrats to TOH contributor Sophia Savage, pictured here with the "Bellflower" boys Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, for winning the World Cinema directing prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival for her Kickstarter-funded debut short film "Empyrian," which she also wrote and stars in, along with Dawson. All the 2013 winners are here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 4:44 PM
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Outfest Announces Five Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

Outfest has announced the five fellows of its 2013 Screenwriting Lab, a program in its 11th year and with support from a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Full list of recipients below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 1:41 PM
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Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Designs 40th Anniversary Telluride Film Festival Poster

Yes, I have acquired my pass for the celebratory 40th Telluride Film Festival, which adds an extra day to its usual four-day Labor Day weekend festivities (August 29 – September 2, 2013). This year the fest, which is presented by National Film Preserve LTD., gave the design of its 2013 poster to Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, who will attend the fest to sign posters for attendees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 3:53 PM
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'Night of the Ad Eaters' Festival Celebrates Best of Global Advertising

In the midst of a world tour, producer Jean Marie Boursicot's 30-year-old international advertising cinema festival, "The Night of the Ad Eaters," is hitting L.A. for one night on May 31 at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. The special three-hour event features hundreds of the world’s most creative and outrageous commercials on the big screen; the ads come from 40 different countries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:42 PM
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