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'Frankenweenie' Opening BFI London Fest Along with Burton's Traveling 'Art Of' Exhibition [Video]

Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" will go to London to open the 56th BFI London Film Festival on October 10, marking its European premiere. The opening night red carpet and screening will be broadcast live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI IMAX as well as thirty screens in the UK.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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SnagFilms Launches Online Film Fest 'Snag the Vote 2012'

What better time than presidential election season for online indie distributor SnagFilms to launch "Snag the Vote 2012," a free online film festival running through Election Day? The fest will feature more than 100 documentaries highlighting ten key issues defining the 2012 presidential election, from Economy and Jobs and Health Care to Immigration, the Environment and National Security.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 5:00 AM
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Media: Movie Columnist Patrick Goldstein Leaves the LAT After 12 Years

Patrick Goldstein is leaving the LA Times after reportedly taking a buyout. After twelve years, his last column ran Wednesday. I'm sorry to see him go. But I have a confession to make. I had stopped reading Goldstein every week. I wasn't avoiding him. There was a time when I read the weekly The Big Picture column religiously, looked forward to it, good, bad or ugly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 5:50 PM
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'Snow White and the Hunstman' Star Claflin Confirmed for 'Hunger Games' But Will He Do SWATH Sequel?

Universal was originally planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind the first David Koepp script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 4:29 PM
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TIFF Preview: Fox Searchlight Pushes Oscar Contender 'The Sessions,' Releases Poster

Fox Searchlight, which snapped up Ben Lewin's "The Sessions" (formerly "The Surrogate") at Sundance for $6 million, holds high Oscar hopes for film, which stars John Hawkes as journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, who is afflicted with polio but wants to have sex. (Think "My Left Foot.") Searchlight is pushing the film into the Oscar race at Toronto, as it did Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 2:31 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Awards New Media Grants

The Tribeca Film Institute announces the grant recipients for its second annual TFI New Media Fund. The grants are designed for an assortment of interactive, non-fiction, transmedia projects, and range from $50K to $100K apiece, with funding effective immediately. List of recipients below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2012 12:58 PM
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New Poster for 'Lincoln' Features More of Day-Lewis' Uncanny Profile

We've already opined that Daniel Day-Lewis is the embodiment of Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and this new one-sheet poster for the film only reinforces that.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2012 12:26 PM
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TIFF Completes 2012 Festival Lineup with Masters, Discovery, Mavericks & Docs: Plus Who's Showing Up

Toronto 37 has rounded out its 2012 festival titles, adding 40-plus titles to its massive slate. New films announced in the Masters program include the North American premieres of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Olivier Assayas's "Something in the Air," Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" and the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" and Goran Paskaljevic's "When Day Breaks."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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SnagFilms Takes 'The House I Live In,' 'Beware Mr. Baker' & Six Dream Team Docs

SnagFilms is set to distribute Eugene Jarecki's Sundance winner "The House I Live in" (Grand Jury Award) and Jay Bulger's SXSW winner "Beware of Mr. Baker" (Grandy Jury Award). "The House I Live In" exposes what's wrong with America's war on drugs, while "Beware of Mr. Baker" is an intimate story of the legendary speed freak drummer Ginger Baker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 8:00 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Halon Partners with Minimo Vfx on New Previs Process

Previs boutique Halon Entertainment ("The Hunger Games," "Prometheus," "Life of Pi") has formed a partnership with Minimo Vfx of Barcelona that will usher in a new "build it once" philosophy for CG creatures during pre-production. This will avoid the duplication of making them again later on during VFX. The two companies are currently working together on "Dome," directed by VFXer Brandon Fayette.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 20, 2012 7:56 PM
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