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Al Pacino Debuts in Venice Films from David Gordon Green and Barry Levinson

Can there be too much Al Pacino? Not in Venice, apparently, where he was the man of day three with two major films premiering – Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” But as much as I love the guy, after his two performances as old, sad, deranged men I was ready to kill myself and after the two press conferences I was ready to kill him.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 31, 2014 10:21 PM
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Things I Learned at Telluride's 'Apocalypse Now' Anniversary Screening

On the opening day of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, it was possible to spend several hours immersed in "Apocalypse Now", which received a special tribute, 35 years after its initial release in 1979.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2014 3:09 PM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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TIFF Thriller 'Cut Bank' Picked Up by A24, DIRECTV

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 22, 2014 3:10 PM
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Screen Talk: Telluride Film Festival Predictions and Preview

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I will arrive in Telluride, a little mining town in the Colorado Rockies, when we'll finally learn what's actually on the Telluride Film Festival schedule. On this week's podcast, we suss out our best guesses on the program. What impact will the new rules of engagement--no Telluride premieres on Toronto's first weekend--have on the two festivals?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 12:41 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Kickstarter Film Festival Hits Los Angeles

Kickstarter has made a lot of projects possible, including many films, and as there are more Kickstarter creators in Los Angeles than anywhere in the world, the crowdsourcing site is continuing the 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival--which launched in Brooklyn's Fort Greene (where the company is headquartered) on July 18 --in Los Angeles. London is still to come.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 5:13 PM
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New York Film Festival Cherry Picks World Fests for Slate of 30 --What's Missing?

The New York Film Festival Main Slate official selection has landed, with 30 features including many Cannes entries and potential Oscar contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 1:10 PM
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