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TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies

TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies
After a rousing launch last year in Los Angeles, the TCM Classic Film Festival will return to Hollywood this year, running Thursday, April 28th through Sunday, May 1st. TCM is promising an even bigger and better celebration of the history of Hollywood this time around. Passes run from $299 to a whopping $599.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 9:29 AM
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In The Works: Nolan Helps Snyder with Superman; Working Title's Trash; Flight of Conchords's Hobbit

- Zack Snyder is under pressure. Empire talks with the Sucker Punch and Superman: Man Of Steel director, who is confronting skepticism following Punch's critical beating. Producer Christopher Nolan, thankfully, is offering plenty of help for the Superman reboot. No surprise, with people asking questions like, "Does Sucker Punch Spell Doom For Superman: Man of Steel?" Says Snyder, "Chris has been amazingly generous with me [with the Superman storyline]…He's making [The Dark Knight Rises] but he takes time if we're knocking around ideas for the script." And why wouldn't he? "Honestly," adds Snyder, "he wants us to make the best movie we can and he's just interested in helping with that without messing up the process. I think it's amazingly generous of him."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 5:09 AM
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Cannes 2011: Jean-Paul Belmondo To Be Honored at Gala Screening of "Belmondo, The Career," Clips

The Cannes Film Festival will honor Jean-Paul Belmondo on May 17 with a gala event celebrating the actor's career. French New Wave star Belmondo worked with directors Philippe de Broca, Henri Verneuil, Gérard Oury, Georges Lautner, Jacques Deray, Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais, Vittorio Sica, Alberto Lattuada, and - of course - Jean Luc Godard, whose 1960 Breathless helped launch his long career. Among his other credits are That Man from Rio, Pierrot le Fou, Léon Morin, Priest, Mississippi Mermaid, Le Magnifique, Stavisky and Borsalino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2011 5:33 AM
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When Elizabeth Taylor Met Tiny Tim

After the death of Elizabeth Taylor, press agent Harry Clein dug up his 1968 interview with Tiny Tim, in which the ukelele-playing actor (who was always a tad strange) recalls his early fan crush on the actress and how he met her when they were both teenagers. In 1968, I was working as a journalist. One of my first interviews was with Tiny Tim. Mr. Tiny, as he liked to be called, was then 36, looked like a genial Halloween witch, and was at the beginning of his “Tiptoe Through the Tulips" fame. He strummed his ukulele to accompany his riffs on his newfound success, his music, Rudy Vallee and Bob Dylan, his growing up in the tenements of New York, s-e-x – he never said the word but spelled it – and his many celebrity crushes.
  • By Harry Clein
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  • March 28, 2011 6:15 AM
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Production Watch: It's Young Saoirse Ronan for Snow White & Hobbit; Hanna Clips

With Saoirse Ronan in talks for the title role in Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White opposite The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Prince, the question arises: is Ronan too young for Hammer? While it's traditional fairy tale form to have girls paired with men, Ronan, who will be 17 in April, seems a young teenager to Hammer's mature-looking 24. (Julia Roberts is playing the Evil Queen.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 5:50 AM
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Relativity Finds Prince Armie Hammer for Snow White

Someday Snow White's prince will come, and it looks like it's The Social Network's Armie Hammer. Relativity has cast Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott in its untitled adventure Snow White, a contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). Hammer joins Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Saoirse Ronan is in talks for the title role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2011 6:25 AM
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Taxi Driver, New York

Starting this Friday, New York City’s Film Forum will screen a newly restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Simon Abrams reports on the restoration and takes a look at Martin Scorsese's New York, then and now. Martin Scorsese’s seminal film was restored by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to film preservation that Scorsese is actively involved in. Now 35 years old, Taxi Driver looks more and more like an expressive time capsule of pre-Giuiliani Manhattan. The most salient sign of the changing times is the fact that the Lyric Theater, the porn house where Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes his date to see Swedish skin flick The Swedish Marriage Manual, is now the Foxwoods Theater, the Broadway auditorium where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is playing. Like the Lyric Theater, many of the film's more unsavory locations are gone, replaced by more upscale, tourist-friendly attractions.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • March 18, 2011 12:53 PM
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SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson
A new print of Italian classic, La Dolce Vita, will screen at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival through the support of Gucci and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. The film, from director Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, will screen at the Castro Theatre, May 1. More information is here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:30 AM
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Angelina Jolie Goes UTA; Maleficent, Cleopatra, Serena, Scarpetta, Gucci, Tomb Raider Updates

Angelina Jolie, whose Untitled Bosnian War Love Story (financed and produced by GK Films) is in post-production, has signed with United Talent Agency as writer and director. She has long functioned without an acting agent but has been loyal to her manager at Media Talent Group, Geyer Kosinski. UTA's Rich Klubech told Deadline: "Angelina has a distinct and powerful creative voice, and having read her work and seen parts of the film she's directing, we're very certain that she's entering a new and fruitful phase of her extraordinary career."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2011 1:06 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Battle: Los Angeles Grabs Men; Red Riding Hood is Soft

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]The action blockbuster trumped the tween fairy tale at the weekend box office, while Jane Eyre scored the best specialty opening of the year (see indieWIRE). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.A disaster film showed some fireworks at the weekend box office but not enough to make up for the damage many distributors have endured this year. Sony’s sci-fi invasion title Battle: Los Angeles easily secured $36 million at 3,417 theaters, showing that old tricks still work. Despite the gripes that this year has been plagued by bad movies and that the younger audience remains bored, Battle: Los Angeles, which is equal parts District 9 and 2012, proves that the masses are still suckers for formula.  The film is a win on several fronts: first, it’s a cheap mini-tentpole at $70 million. Second it’s critic-proof, bucking its 32% rotten rating for respective A and A- Cinemascores among the under 18-ers and under 25ers. Lastly, Battle: Los Angeles bested its $35 million estimate. I Am Number Four was projected to win No. 1 over the Feb. 18-20 frame, Hall Pass beat Gnomeo and Juliet in its opening and Rango was estimated to post $50-$70 million during its first sesh. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 13, 2011 7:23 AM
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