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Telluride Film Festival: Last Call for Submissions this July; Fest Runs September 2-5

The Telluride Film Festival issues its last call for 2011 submissions. The deadlines to submit to this class-act four-day festival over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) are:SHORTS AND STUDENT FILMS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011 FEATURES DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 29, 2011 8:07 AM
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Mickey Spillane's Best Mike Hammer Hits Criterion via Kiss Me Deadly

Mickey Spillane's Best Mike Hammer Hits Criterion via Kiss Me Deadly
As the Criterion Collection releases Robert Aldrich's B-classic Kiss Me Deadly, Simon Abrams explains why Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and hardboiled cinema were a perfect match: “As the world becomes more primitive, its treasures become more fabulous.” –Dr. G.E. Soberin, Kiss Me Deadly
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 28, 2011 11:19 AM
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Last Chance to Celebrate LACMA Classic Cinema Favorites!

L.A. film buff alert: here's your chance to remind LACMA chief Michael Govan--and incoming film programmer Elvis Mitchell-- that LA movie lovers want classic movies. Outgoing LACMA film curator Ian Birnie is running a summer program of his and the LACMA audience's favorite classic film titles of the past 15 years. While the UCLA Film Archives and American Cinematheque do program classics, with Birnie gone, this could be your only chance to see some of the best movies of all time on the big screen in gorgeous prints in a friendly theater full of fellow film fans. Celebrate the best of what Hollywood has to offer. Pack the theater to the rafters so that LACMA knows that this is what audiences need and crave. Do it for fun, but make a statement too. Some of these films are actually on my ten best of all time list. Just see these movies: if you never have, order them up on Netflix. This is the creme de la creme. I've never seen Bay of Angels or Late Autumn--so I'll be there with bells on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2011 10:30 AM
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Emma Thompson to Adapt Annie for Will and Willow Smith and Jay-Z?

Will Smith is in talks with Emma Thompson to write a film adaptation of Annie as a starring vehicle for his daughter, Willow Smith. Vulture adds, "No word on whether Thompson will also write herself into a role as the orphanage director who loves booze almost as much as she hates children, but here's hoping." Here's more on the project and Jay-Z's involvement. He told THR: “We’re developing a true superstar in Willow."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 24, 2011 7:00 AM
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Romeo and Juliet: Steinfeld's Romeo is Douglas Booth; Holding a Candle to Zeffirelli & Luhrmann

The latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, from Italian director Carlo Carlei (1993's Flight of the Innocent), now has a Romeo for its Juliet. Hailee Steinfeld will be joined by 19-year old Brit Douglas Booth, who is prettier than she is. Clearly this movie is targeted to a young girl demo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 8:04 AM
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Mike Newell Casts The Borgia's Holliday Grainger in Great Expectations

Brit director Mike Newell, who has a bit of a mixed track record--high: Four Weddings and a Funeral, low: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in-between: the solid fourth installation to the Harry Potter octalogy--had a tough time finding a name actress to play the role of Estella in Great Expectations in the latest film version of the Charles Dickens classic about an orphan who eventually becomes a gentleman through the generosity of an unknown patron.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2011 8:56 AM
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Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love
Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have been thrown in the mix. Some we like, some we don't. We've added some of our own picks for who could pull off these roles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2011 5:39 AM
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Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection

Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair Lady Ascot Race dress for Audrey Hepburn. They made their actresses smaller then.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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David O. Russell Loves Jolie, Eyes her for Silver Lining, in the Running to Direct Maleficent

Angelina Jolie, who remains attached to star in Maleficent, still lacks a director. Tim Burton bowed out in May, making room for David O. Russell and others to be considered by Disney. Russell was available for consideration after parting ways with Columbia Pictures over creative differences on the video game adaptation Unchartered Drake's Fortune (for which the director also drafted a script).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 7:57 AM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Relativity Shoots First with No Title, Universal's Huntsman Gets Rewrite

Relativity may be first out of the gate in the dueling Snow White competition, but they could also be the first to crash and burn.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2011 7:40 AM
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