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Sonoma International Film Festival Day Two: More Food, Films and Wine!

It doesn't take much to make me happy: just a perfect Northern California spring day, five movies playing in eclectic venues within easy walking distance of a historic town square, and a festive and fancy free dinner (with wine) thrown in.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 12, 2013 6:30 PM
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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2013 2:30 PM
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food, Wine and Film at Sonoma International Film Festival, Liotta Talks 'Iceman'

As Sonoma Film Festival Director Kevin McNeely says when ebulliently introducing opener "Iceman," 80% of the films in the festival have filmmakers in attendance: "Why wouldn't they want to come to Sonoma? They're certainly going to get enough to eat and drink!" He introduces the mayor of Sonoma, Ken Brown, who is wearing a black Netflix t-shirt, black pants, and has a braided ponytail down his back: he looks like an aging grad student, except an aging grad student would probably be wearing shoes. "We love that you spend money," he says candidly to the audience.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 11, 2013 1:57 PM
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Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13. This will be the North American premiere of the film. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:21 PM
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Eric Roth to Receive Excellence in Screenwriting Award at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Eric Roth will be this year's recipient of the San Francisco International Film Festival's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. The award will be presented to Roth on May 7.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:07 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Jury Includes Kenneth Lonergan, Taraji P. Henson, Evan Rachel Wood, Tony Gilroy and More

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its jury members, this year including Tony Gilroy, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan and Evan Rachel Wood. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Indian Film Festival Opens With Pop Mob Drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

The astonishing Hindi actor Manoj Bajpayee has his best role in years in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs Of Wasseypur," which is tonight's kick-off gala presentation at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). A five-hour epic mob drama in two parts depicting a decades-long intra-Muslim vendetta (Part II screens at the IFFLA tomorrow), "Gangs" is headlong, hand-held, violent entertainment. It manages to keep a dozen major characters and their agendas clear while rarely pausing to take a breath.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 9, 2013 10:49 PM
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Open 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running May 16 - June 9, will open with Joss Whedon's jazzy, pared-down adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof, Amy Ackler, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, are confirmed to attend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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Cannes Palme d'Or-Winner Jane Campion To Get Carrosse d'Or

New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose superb neo-noir "Top of the Lake" series is running on Sundance Channel, will receive the Carrosse d’or at Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2013 2:25 PM
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Czech That International Film Festival Comes to UCLA Film & Television Archive

The "Czech That Film" International Film Festival, the second annual touring program of the best new films out of the Czech Republic, is coming to Los Angeles. The series is organized and curated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and will be running May 10 - June 3 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 1:55 PM
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