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Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' to Close 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Rupert Pupkin. The name slides off the tongue like luggage off an airport carousel. And as portrayed by Robert De Niro -- post Jake LaMotta, pre Noodles Aaronsen -- he is one of the more memorable pieces of cultural/emotional baggage produced by the American screen. A hero of dubious sanity. Dubious worth. More cringe-worthy than an episode of “Two Broke Girls.” He is “The King of Comedy.” And he will be closing the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Louisiana International Film Festival Appoints Former LACMA Film Curator Ian Birnie as Programming Director

The Louisiana International Film Festival (April 18-21) is quickly approaching, and has announced its appointment of former LACMA film curator Ian Birnie as its programming director. The fest will announce its full slate on April 1 -- no foolin'!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2013 12:14 PM
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First Look: Interactive Installation 'Journal of Insomnia' to Premiere in Tribeca's First-Ever New Media Competition

If you missed Tilda Swinton at MoMa, the National Film Board of Canada is preparing its Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) nocturnal premiere of "A Journal of Insomnia," an interactive project that offers an immersive experience of sleep deprivation. Insomniacs are both spectators and actors in this fresco of hundreds of personal reflections on sleepless nights, gathered from all over the web since last fall. Check out a first-look teaser trailer of the installation below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 2:10 PM
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Wong Kar-wai Offers 'Master' Class at Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai opened up to over 600 cinephiles last week in a master class discussing his latest film "The Grandmaster," which opened the Berlin Film Festival in February and will be distributed in the US by The Weinstein Company. Moderated by critic Yua Ching-yuen as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the master class offered insight into the themes running through Wong's oeuvre, which includes international arthouse sensations "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and "Chungking Express" (1994). But the major point of discussion was "The Grandmaster."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2013 6:30 AM
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Los Angeles Times Reveals Program for 18th Annual Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times has published the program for its 18th Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with panels, discussions, debates and performances.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2013 6:27 PM
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Tribeca Adds Free Film Festival Events: Outdoor Screenings of 'The Birds,' 'Beetlejuice' and 'Lil Bub and Friendz'

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its lineup of free community events, including the fest's signature Tribeca Drive-In, this year featuring screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and the premiere of viral kitty video film "Lil Bub and Friendz." Full list of events below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 2:41 PM
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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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