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WATCH: Featurette on Soderbergh's Cannes-Bound 'Behind the Candelabra,' Starring Douglas and Damon

To prep you for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," HBO just released a fantastic 12-minute short movie about the making of the feature. More than getting into the nitty-gritty of the production, these clips cover much of Liberace's biography, psychology, exuberance, and charisma.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:27 PM
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Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees or dousing harvests. Others took inspiration from artificial light sources or the moon's glow. Each of them relied on relatively simple imagery and narration in order to tap into something mythic and intense.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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San Francisco Festival Diary: Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Talk Falling in Love on 'Big Sur'

SFIFF programmer Sean Uyehara, who's been hanging out with Michael Polish in the bar upstairs, dares to ask, "what was it like to fall in love on the set?" Polish replies, "It took me ten films to fall in love on the set!," whereupon Kate Bosworth says "I wish I had gone to the bar!" But Polish continues, saying that he said to his first AD, "I'm going to marry this girl!" during her first scene.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2013 4:01 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Lineup Includes 'The Bling Ring' and 'The Way, Way Back' (TRAILERS)

The 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival has announced its lineup, which includes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" and Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 3:10 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Begins with 'Twenty Feet from Stardom,' 'Populaire,' 'The Artist and the Model'

The first screening of the first full day of the San Francisco International Film Festival begins, with Fernando Trueba's "The Artist and the Model," and "Twenty Feet from Stardom."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 30, 2013 12:49 PM
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Cannes Announces Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries, Agnes Varda and Thomas Vinterberg at the Helm

In Cannes news, juries have been rounded out for the Un Certain Regard sidebar as well as the Camera d'Or, with Thomas Vinterberg and Agnes Varda at the helm respectively.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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LISTEN: Steven Soderbergh on 'What's Killing Cinema,' A Fungible Algorithm (PODCAST)

No State of Cinema address at the SFIFF has been as hotly anticipated as this year's by Steven Soderbergh. (Listen to our podcast recording below.) This is not only because he's a prolific and beloved auteur that has worked in every genre and budget, but because he recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, in order to spend more time painting, making collages, writing books, directing a new play by Scott Burns about Columbine, as well as a stage version of "Cleopatra," and exploring other avenues of creativity.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2013 3:11 PM
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Hot Docs: Technological Revolution, 'Total Disruption,' Stolen Privacy

“Isn’t it ironic that I’m having all these technical problems when I’m supposed to be talking about technology?” director Ondi Timoner asked a very patient (for awhile) Hot Docs audience Monday. Well, yeah, but it’s hardly the only irony that’s been on display here in Toronto.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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Cannes Classics Lineup Revealed; Bertolucci in 3-D, Films by Hitchcock, Cocteau, Resnais, Wilder (CLIPS)

Cannes Classics, the festival's sidebar that screens new restorations of canonical films, has announced its lineup of twenty features films and three documentaries.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:07 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery to Host Maryland Film Festival Opening Night

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 1:10 PM
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