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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cut Graphic Porn from Directorial Debut 'Don Jon' to Get R Rating

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut "Don Jon" -- the film formerly known as "Don Jon's Addiction" -- whipped up a stir at Sundance with its graphic depiction of porn addiction in New Jersey. "The Sundance cut was us pushing it past where it really ought to be, and I think it was sort of distracting for audiences," Gordon-Levitt said at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 1:53 PM
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WATCH: Tony Leung Slices and Dices in Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' (TRAILER)

The martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's first feature since the disastrous "My Blueberry Nights" in 2007, finally has a proper US trailer but still no official release date.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 1:46 PM
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John Woo To Shoot World War II Airborne Actioner 'Flying Tigers' In English

John Woo and producer Terence Chang have long harbored the desire to shoot "Flying Tigers," an ambitious period actioner set in World War II. They have finally successfully raised the financing to take this big-budget epic airborne.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2013 12:27 PM
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Cannes Directors' Fortnight Lineup Unveiled, Includes New Films by Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Holy Mountain" director Alejandro Jodorowsky will reemerge after over twenty years' absence to present his latest film "The Dance of Reality" on the Croisette at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The famed Chilean-French surrealist filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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'The Attack' Takes Three Prizes at 17th Annual COL-COA French Film Festival

On Monday Night, City of Lights, City of Angels -- the annual French film festival in Hollywood -- concluded by awarding Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's Tel Aviv-set thriller "The Attack" with three top prizes including the Audience Award and the Special Critics' Prize.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 11:30 AM
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First Look: Focus Unveils Summer Slate, 'The World's End' and 'Closed Circuit'

Focus Features will release two films this summer as counterprogramming aimed at the smart demo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2013 4:21 PM
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Beatles Documentary 'Good ol' Freda' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has snagged North American distribution rights to Ryan White's "Good ol' Freda," a documentary that tells the unsung story of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' secretary. Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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Is Documentary the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking? AFI Docs Fest and Cinedigm's Docurama Launch, Watch Greenaway's 'Act of God' (VIDEO)

Last week New York Magazine published film critic David Edelstein's assessment of current documentary as the most interesting and dynamic genre of cinema. His piece points to the currently unspooling Tribeca Film Festival, which champions documentaries and selected "Mistaken for Strangers" -- a doc about indie rock band The National -- for its opening night. Meanwhile the American Film Institute announced its Opening Night and Centerpiece films for the upcoming AFI Docs festival (June 19-23 in Silver Springs, MD), and Cinedigm is launching Docurama, a seven-week theatrical film series on April 22 in 15 national markets.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:15 PM
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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:57 PM
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