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Kenneth Branagh to Receive San Francisco Fest's Founder's Directing Award

Kenneth Branagh, who was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn" and directed Marvel's "Thor," will be honored with the San Francisco International Film Festival's Founder's Directing Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
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Weekly Wrap: SXSW, Box Office, Interviews, and Previews

Wondering what to watch on the big screen this weekend? Our Weekend Preview highlights "21 Jump Street," "Footnote," "Kid with a Bike" and "Detachment." For next weekend's box office, get ready for "The Hunger Games" -- early reviews praising Jennifer Lawrence are here.
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  • March 17, 2012 12:32 PM
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Andrew Garfield: 'Death of a Salesman' Review Roundup and What's at Stake for 'Spiderman' at WonderCon

Andrew Garfield, who has shown what he can do in such films as "Never Let Me Go," "Boy A" and "The Social Network," will make his big-studio hero debut as Sony and Marvel's latest wall-climber in "The Amazing Spider-Man" on July 3.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 16, 2012 4:13 PM
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Music Box Will Release Sundance HBO Doc 'Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present'

The rule changes for documentaries to qualify for next year's Academy Awards require a multi-city theatrical run and a review in The NY Times. In an interview, HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins told me that going forward, HBO will now choose a far smaller number of films to qualify for the Oscars. Well, now HBO has picked one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2012 3:44 PM
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Trailer Watch: Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' Offers Kooky, Soapy '70s Fun

Less than two months before its May 11 release date, Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" finally has its first official trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 16, 2012 3:16 PM
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Disney to Bring 'Pocahontas,' 'Evita,' 'The Color of Money' and 30 Other Films to Blu-Ray

Throughout 2012, the Walt Disney Studios plans to add more than 30 popular and iconic films to its ever-expanding Blu-ray library. Each released edition will be digitally remastered, giving viewers high definition picture and sound quality.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 16, 2012 3:11 PM
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Why George Clooney Got Arrested

Using your celebrity to raise awareness of an issue is one thing. Getting arrested for that purpose is another. That's what George Clooney, Liberal humanitarian activist, was willing to do Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2012 2:03 PM
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In The Works: Scorsese and DiCaprio Take 5, Penn Eyes Iñárritu's 'Red Flag,' Canet's Impressive Cast & O'Connor's 'Neverland'

Martin Scorsese and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, will team for the fifth time with "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Sean Penn eyes Alejandro González Iñárritu's true crime story; French actor-writer-director Guillaume Canet lines up a star-packed cast for his own crime adaptation; and "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor heads to "Neverland."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 16, 2012 1:44 PM
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Gravitas Expanding Release for Aaron Rottinghaus' 'Apart' via Tugg

Gravitas Ventures will use on-demand enabler Tugg to expand the current theatrical and VOD run of Aaron Rottinghaus' psychological thriller "Apart."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 5:29 PM
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Film Independent Announces Filmmakers for 2nd Annual Documentary Lab

Film Independent announces the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, which is sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. The filmmakers , listed below, will participate in a seven-week intensive in Los Angeles beginning this week through the end of April...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 2:58 PM
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