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Sundance Winner 'Violeta Went to Heaven' Goes to Kino Lorber [Trailer]

"Violeta Went to Heaven," winner of Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, will be released in North America by Kino Lorber later this year. The film, from Andrés Wood, tells the story of legendary musician, folksinger and poet Violeta Parra. A full synopsis and the trailer are below. Kino Lorber's Richard Lorber states, "Although [Violeta] is not a household name here, her story is poignantly universal and enhanced by her phenomenal music throughout; she's sort of the Edith Piaf of Latin America. North America audiences on seeing Violeta will be in heaven too."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 5:11 PM
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NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2012 4:55 PM
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Stanley Kubrick Retrospective and Exhibition Comes to LA; Vote in Our Kubrick Poll

LACMA and The Academy will co-present the first US retrospective exhibition of Stanley Kubrick. The retrospective, which launched in Frankfurt and has toured Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, Zurich, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam, was developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, but will be designed specifically for LACMA by film production designer Patti Podesta.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 3:37 PM
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Lionsgate and Roadside Getting Into Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' for US Distribution

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in discussions to take US rights to director Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which debuted at Cannes. The coming-of-age story, set in Arkansas, stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. The distributor/partners also teamed on "Margin Call" and upcoming "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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NYFF: David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' Makes Centerpiece World Premiere

"Sopranos" creator David Chase’s feature film debut, "Not Fade Away," will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2012 6:40 PM
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Studios Rethink Tentpole Strategy Amid Reshoots and Postponements, from 'World War Z' to '47 Ronin'

Is Hollywood ready to change its tentpole strategy? I'm hearing that yes, studio heads are realizing that placing too many big bets on too few potential tentpoles--which when they work, do return the most money--is a foolish strategy. The conventional wisdom was always that you spread your risk over a diverse slate of projects, from low-budget comedies and genre fare to high-cost holiday sequels and potential blockbusters. The studios are returning to that approach.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 4:27 PM
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Queen Concert Pic 'Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest '86,' from Freddie Mercury's Last Tour, Will Rock the Big Screen

Screenvision will be bringing Queen to the big screen with "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86," a concert doc with footage originally filmed 26 years ago at their gigantic show in Hungary. This show was part of the famous Magic Tour, the last tour for the band with late lead singer Freddie Mercury.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 4:01 PM
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'50 Shades of Grey' Ignites Publishing Craze, E.L. James Likes Shailene Woodley for Anastasia Steele

20-year-old Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") has reportedly "caught the eye" of "50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. James as a possible candidate for the role of Anastasia Steele. Landing such a franchise would be the Holy Grail for most actors, but going nude in an S & M flick might give some pause.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 3:49 PM
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Wes Anderson's Top Ten Films on Criterion

No surprise here: Wes Anderson has good -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a list that spans directors as diverse as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls. With the exception of Paul Schrader's "Mishima," all of Anderson's picks were made within the same 20-year period.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 3:38 PM
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Universal Sets Release Date for 'Kick Ass 2,' Bumps Back '47 Ronin,' Moves Up 'Jurassic Park 3-D'

Universal has been moving around its release slots. We already detailed changes on the release dates for Ron Howard's Chris Hemsworth NASCAR vehicle "Rush," Tom Cruise in sci-fi epic "Oblivion," and Guillermo del Toro's horrific "Mama" here. Now the studio is giving "Kick Ass 2" a release date of June 28, 2013, right in time for the fanboy summer movie glut.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 1:37 PM
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