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First Round of Panels Announced for SXSW 2013; Introducing Startup Alley, Come & Capture Film Factory

SXSW has released the first round of panels for its 2013 edition. The festival will be celebrating 20 years this March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Along with the panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions, two new Conference tracks are launching:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star De Niro Gets Into Oscar Race with a Push from Santa Barbara

Robert De Niro may land his first Oscar nomination in 20 years for his moving supporting turn as Bradley Cooper's father in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." De Niro has won two Oscars (for the second "Godfather" film and "Raging Bull") but he has not been nominated since Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear." 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 7:56 PM
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Mill Valley Film Festival Wraps Its Oscar-Track Film Run

The Mill Valley Film Festival has concluded its 11-day pursuit of Bay Area Academy members. The festival began with the US premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook," with director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper appearing for a Q& A; the film won yet another Audience Award, as did closer "Life of Pi," with Ang Lee on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 16, 2012 2:41 PM
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Hawaii Film Festival, Part One: 'Shanghai Calling' Breakout Daniel Henney, Music Movie 'The Sapphires,' Doc 'Call Me Kuchu'

It's a challenge to cover the Hawaii International Film Festival's 32nd year of cinema in paradise if you adore sand and surf as well as dark movie theaters. As I write poolside at the luxurious Halekulani Hotel, I'm covering a mere smattering of the 219 films screened at the festival this year (October 11-21).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2012 7:01 PM
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AFI Fest 2012 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts -- 'Amour,' 'Pieta,' 'Beyond the Hills' & More

AFI Fest (November 1-8) has announced the final portion of its lineup, including World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film programs. 12 Foreign-Language Oscar entries are in the mix, most notably Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "Amour," Kim Ki-duk's Golden Lion winner "Pieta," Denmark's Berlin prize-winner "A Royal Affair" and Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills," which scored a shared best actress prize in Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 1:18 PM
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First Look: NYFF Portraits of Scorsese, Kiarostami, Gerwig, Baumbach and More

Check out these NYFF still portraits of Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami, Greta Gerwig and other artists who attended the fest by New York-based filmmaker Jamie Stuart.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 12:36 PM
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'Flight' Review; Zemeckis, Washington and Cheadle Talk at NYFF Press Conference (VIDEO)

Denzel Washington waltzed in late to the press conference following the NYFF screening of the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Flight." The audience didn't mind of course, because he's Denzel: His appearance prompted wild applause which immediately drowned out the voice of screenwriter John Gatins.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 14, 2012 3:59 PM
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Rossellini's Restored & Uncut 'Generale della Rovere' to Screen at MoMA's Int'l Festival of Film Preservation; Last Screened in 1959

MoMA's 10th annual International Festival of Film Preservation will unveil the restored version of Roberto Rossellini's "Il Generale della Rovere," presented for the first time since the film's premiere in 1959 at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion in its original uncut glory. Talk about a once-in-a-half-century opportunity.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 5:42 PM
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AFI FEST Galas and Special Screenings Include 'Life of Pi,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'On the Road' & More

AFI FEST 2012 (November 1-8) has announced its gala and special screening presentations. Highlights include more-than-likely Oscar contenders "Life of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook," with buzzy selections from previous festivals including "The Impossible," "West of Memphis" and "On the Road." Festival bookenders "Hitchcock" and "Lincoln" were previously announced. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 3:34 PM
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New Teaser Poster for Baker's Festival Favorite 'Starlet' & The Story Behind Dree Hemingway's Co-Star [Exclusive]

Check out this new teaser poster for Sean Baker's "Starlet." While the first poster, which we debuted here, featured sun-soaked star Dree Hemingway (one of Variety's Actors to Watch), the second capitalizes on her legs and the film's titular character, Starlet...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2012 1:58 PM
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