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Cannes 2013 Unveils Poster, American Pavilion Celebrating 25th Year

The 66th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival (May 15-26) has unveiled its poster, featuring a snuggling stars and husband-and-wife duo Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in an eye-popping black-and-white starburst. Cannes reports that "the couple embodies the spirit of the cinema like no other."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2013 1:45 PM
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San Francisco Film Fest Adds Centerpieces

The San Francisco Film Society continues to roll out programs for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25-May 9). The festival will screen three familiar features which have already picked up momentum at previous festivals, for its Big Night series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 22, 2013 1:45 AM
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COL-COA Adds Docs and Shorts to French Program

City of Lights, City of Angels (running at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood from from April 15 to 22) has confirmed its 2013 program of documentary features and short films, whetting our palates with a few of its titles before the entire lineup is announced March 27. Three films will round out COL-COA’s French documentaries:
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2013 8:18 PM
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What to See at Tribeca, from Transmedia Experiments to Steinem & 'Wajda,' Eastwood & Aronofsky

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2013 3:30 PM
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Behind Joshua Oppenheimer's Genocide Documentary 'The Act of Killing' -- Where Are the Survivors?

When New Directors/New Films opens Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, it will mark another ambitious survey of fresh talent and movies, beginning with the D.C.-sniper inspired “Blue Caprice” (its catalog description begins: “The ability of innocence to embrace evil is a chillingly reality"--and yes, someone was paid to write that). Guaranteed to grab ND/NF audiences by the throat – just as it’s been doing since last year’s Telluride – is “The Act of Killing,” (TOH! review here) directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who cast his movie with real killers who celebrate the art and craft of murder.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 19, 2013 2:04 PM
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SXSW 2013 Wrap: Best in Show, Disappointments and Four Takeaways from a Festival First-Timer

I got the chance to attend the SXSW Film Festival for my first time this year, and was impressed with the enthusiastic and respectful vibe of the festival, the warm reception from Austin locals and out-of-town festival goers alike, and -- importantly! -- the films. Below, my four takeaways from covering SXSW, and my rundown of best of the fest, buzzy titles I missed, and disappointments.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 1:27 PM
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Sun Valley Film Fest Day Two: From Steve Gaghan and Adam West to 'The Summit,' 'Chlorine,' and a New Nat Geo Nature Short Competition

A day of peaks and valleys (mostly peaks), oddly bookended by two encounters with screenwriter/directors: one glamorous, famous, handsome, self-assured, garlanded with accolades and awards, including, yes, the Oscar; the other, an indie guy, quiet, subdued, self-deprecating, even apologetic.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 16, 2013 5:54 PM
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Brody Diary Day One: Sun Valley Film Festival Brings Will McCormack, Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway, 'Wind Walkers'

Why am I at the Sun Valley Film Festival for its second annual outing? Because I ran into film blogger Michael Guillen, of The Evening Class, at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event on February 16 – a delirious day-long extravaganza of silent films with eclectic live music accompaniment, a teaser for the annual four-day festival in July – my favorite among many film festivals in San Francisco.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 15, 2013 1:02 PM
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Tribeca All Access Celebrates Ten Years, Adds Eleven New Projects

The Tribeca Film Institute’s first-ever artist program – Tribeca All Access -- is celebrating its 10th Annual program with 11 new projects (highlighted below) and a TAA Celebration on April 26, during the Tribeca Film Festival. A total of $150,000 in grants will be awarded to filmmakers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2013 2:14 PM
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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Adds More Stars and Screenings: Mel Brooks, Mickey Rooney, SNL's Bill Hader to Present

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival (April 25-28) continues to add more stars and screenings to its slate, including Mel Brooks in conversation following "The Twelve Chairs," Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters appearing with epic nutty ensemble comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and the already announced Max von Sydow tribute has added a new screening of Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of the Condor."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2013 12:51 PM
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