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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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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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