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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day One

The taxi comes at 4:15 a.m. and I leave Bologna with many backward glances, having fallen madly in love with both the town and Il Cinema Ritrovato. The nicest man working on the lobby desk is also the only native Bolognese employed there, and he’s been delighted by my obvious happiness here...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 2, 2012 12:02 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Five: Passionate Cinephilia with Pasta on the Side, Forever

Walking back from “La Grande Illusion” last night, I run into Haden Guest (of the Harvard Film Archive) and Rani Singh of the Getty Institute, on the way back to their hotel...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 1, 2012 1:55 PM
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Best of the Week: Palm Springs Shortfest, Bologna & Moscow; Classics, Box Office, Reviews & Remembering Nora Ephron

This week on TOH, we covered the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Il Cinema Ritrovata in Bologna and the Moscow Junket, looked at the intrepid box office for Pixar's "Brave," remembered beloved screenwriter, filmmaker and author Nora Ephron, reviewed this weekend's theatrical debuts and more...
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  • June 29, 2012 4:20 PM
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Zachary Quinto to Open Hollyshorts Film Festival with World Premiere of "PERIODS."

Zachary Quinto and his Before the Door Pictures banner (the engine behind "Margin Call") will open the 8th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival with the world premiere of "PERIODS."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 2:57 PM
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Moscow Junket Diary Two: Unraveling the Russian Film Industry, from Putin and Mikhalkov to Threat of Censorship

Trying to get a handle on the Russian film industry is like unwinding Winston Churchill's "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"; you never seem to figure it out. There's much money, and various power players, led by the president himself, Vladimir Putin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2012 1:08 PM
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Fantastic Fest to Open with World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 12:11 PM
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Austin Film Festival Announces Conference and Panelist Lineup, Includes Damon Lindelof, Paul Feig, Terry Rossio

The Austin Film Festival, running October 18-25, announces their first round of conference panels and panelists. An interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus"), an incendiary "DC vs. Marvel" panel and a presentation on scene transitions by screenwriter Terry Rossio of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 12:11 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Four: Walsh, Pyr’ev, Warhol, Ghatak & 'The Grand Illusion'

Paradise for cinephiles: Max Ophul’s “Komedie on Geld” (1936), followed by Raoul Walsh's “Kindred of the Dust,” Ritwik Ghatak’s “The Cloud-Capped Star,” a to-die-for meal and an impeccably restored "Grand Illusion"...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 28, 2012 11:48 AM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Three: A Cork Bobbing on the Cinephilic Seas of Chance

I really didn’t intend to watch all 171 minutes of Roman Polanski’s “Tess” under the starry night sky of Bologna, even laved by the cool breezes that feel so sweet after a sticky warm day...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2012 1:25 PM
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EL James Hits Comic-Con with '50 Shades of Grey' Book-Signing

Forget the Twihards, who were always an irritant to the male-dominated geek population at San Diego's annual Comic-Con. More women will turn up to see EL James, who is continuing her non-stop promo efforts on behalf of her bestselling '50 Shades of Grey' trilogy, which has already sold 16 million copies in multiple formats.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2012 9:33 AM
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