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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:54 AM
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Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both laconic and operatic. Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver…marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: "Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:29 AM
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Legendary Anne V. Coates Coaches Student Editors at UCLA

Every once in a while smart people get together to do good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 11:22 AM
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Studios Pull Out Marketing Stops on Tron: Legacy and Waiting for Superman

Studios Paramount and Disney are kicking marketing into gear for the education doc Waiting for Superman and the 3-D VFX extravaganza Tron: Legacy, respectively.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 7:37 AM
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TCM Promos Seven-Part Moguls & Movie Stars with Five City Exhibit/Tour

Turner Classic Movies is launching a five city multimedia, interactive, exhibit tour featuring Hollywood memorabilia from TCM’s original seven-part documentary series, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, which premieres November 1 at 8 PM (ET). The series delves into an in-depth history of Hollywood from its start in 1890 through 1970, including interviews with critics, filmmakers and film historians (Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell), the children of Hollywood's Golden Age, film clips and rare footage.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2010 8:23 AM
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Video: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione

Italian-American actor-director John Turturro is beloved by the Italians—Venice Fest audiences treat him like a huge star. In fact, ill-fated Romance and Cigarettes, which was caught in the backdraft at the end of United Artists, was such a hit in Italy that financeers stepped up to hire Turturro to direct a doc about the music of Naples. Passione is not unlike Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge: it’s a “musical adventure” showcasing the music, old and new, of Naples, via a mix of old footage and new performances by the city’s top artists. The film was exhilarating, and more than one moviegoer walked out of the theater humming. I also admired Turturro's Mac and Illuminata, even though American moviegoers have yet to click with his movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2010 1:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Inside Job

Two excellent Wall Street exposes, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (on demand October 1, theaters November 4) and Charles Ferguson's Inside Job (NYFF October 1, NY October 8, LA October 15) serve as brainy fact-packed companion pieces to Oliver Stone's commercial sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which opened at number one this weekend. Here are trailers for both Oscar-worthy docs:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2010 5:43 AM
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GQ Remembers Goodfellas, Affleck Defends I'm Still Here

- Celebrating Goodfellas' twentieth birthday (September 19, 1990), GQ interviews nearly sixty of the film's cast, crew and "noteworthy admirers." GQ calls it "one of the most endlessly rewatchable American movies ever made," and dubs it the "greatest gangster film of all time." Here's a taste from their interviews: Ray Liotta (Henry Hill): For twenty years now, there's not a day that goes by that I don't hear somebody mention GoodFellas. Unless I stay home all night. It's defined who I am, in a sense.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 22, 2010 5:00 AM
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Can Joaquin Phoenix's Career Be Saved? Watch Letterman Tonight!

Suddenly, after two years of retirement, we are seeing photos of a clean shaven, slim, Joaquin Phoenix amid reports of movie deals in the offing. Will he join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's love interest Clyde Tolson? (UPDATE: The answer is no, as producer Rob Lorenz denies that Eastwood has expressed any interest in Phoenix for the role.) Or land a role opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Or play a foot fetishist in Steve Shainberg's latest off-beat narrative? His appearance on David Letterman tonight will be crucial to removing his recent druggy natty-haired image.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:16 AM
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John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore

The family of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) and the Center for Steinbeck Studies will give this year's John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award to documentary filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:08 AM
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