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River Phoenix's Lost 'Dark Blood' Premiering at Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix's final film, "Dark Blood," will have its North American premiere at the Miami International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 30th year March 1-10. The film was only 80% complete when Phoenix tragically died in 1993 at the age of 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 1:25 PM
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Palm Springs 2013: Award Winners, Plus 'Unfinished Song,' Denmark's 'A Hijacking' and 'This Life,' Alan Cumming in Conversation

The 24th Palm Springs Film Festival closed Sunday after 182 films from some 68 countries played for an audience of local enthusiasts and out-of-towners with an appetite for the best in foreign and domestic cinema.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 14, 2013 10:20 PM
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Berlinale Adds Nine Competition Titles, Includes Panahi's 'Closed Curtain,' Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has added nine more titles to its competition lineup, including Jafar Panahi's latest, "Closed Curtain," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," starring Juliette Binoche, Sundance entry "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," starring Shia LaBeouf, and Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 11, 2013 11:49 AM
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Best Director Oscar Nominee Benh Zeitlin Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and its New Orleans Roots [Video Interview]

What a year it's been for Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The indie has received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Addapted Screenplay. Watch my interview with Zeitlin below...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2013 12:37 PM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Lineup is Bookended by 'Disconnect' and 'Wasteland'

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announces the lineup for its 28th edition, running January 24-February 3. Among the selections are 13 world premieres and 32 US premieres from 49 countries; gala screenings for opening night film "Disconnect," closing night film "Wasteland" and Pablo Larrain's "No"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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Third Athena Film Festival Lineup Includes 'Beasts,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Brave'

The 2013 Athena Film Festival, positioned as a celebration of women and leadership, runs February 7-10. The lineup of feature, documentary and short films is now announced and listed below. The festival is in its third year and takes place at Barnard College's campus in Morningside Heights.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2013 3:27 PM
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Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition Names Five Jury Prize Winners; Grand Prize Announced at Sundance

The five jury prize winners of the $200K Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100K will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2013 2:07 PM
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Seattle's Women in Cinema Film Festival Returns with 'Hannah Arendt,' 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Lore' and More

The Seattle International Film Festival announces the official lineup for the 2013 Women in Cinema festival, running January 23-27. Produced by SIFF, Women in Cinema is returning after a ten year hiatus.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 3:25 PM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host Sundance Awards Ceremony on January 26

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will serve as host for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on January 26. The event will be live-streamed from Park City, Utah. Gordon-Leviit's feature directorial debut, "Don Jon's Addiction" will also premiere at the festival out-of-competition.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 2:44 PM
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Santa Barbara Festival to Open with 'Disconnect'; Honors DiCaprio with American Riviera Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will open the 2013 fest with the U.S. premiere of "Disconnect," directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard. Additionally, Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the American Riviera Award on February 1, which recognizes an artist with a strong influence on American cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2013 12:47 PM
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