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SCREEN TALK: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner

David Fincher is back for the opening night of the New York Film Festival with Ben Affleck-starrer "Gone Girl." What folks really care about, says Indiewire's Eric Kohn on our sixth Screen Talk podcast (now on iTunes!) is that the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green. We talk about changes at various festivals, the movies that carry expectations as the fall award season gets under way, from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, and several movies coming out this weekend. We dig into Rupert Murdoch's attempted takeover of Time Warner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest

After five years at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, Artistic Director David Ansen is leaving to go back to writing. Also leaving is programmer Doug Jones, who takes 12 years of institutional memory with him. Very much in charge is LAFF's high-powered LAFF director, producer Stephanie Allain ("Boyz 'n the Hood"), who is pulling her friend Elvis Mitchell into a more prominent role as year-round "curator."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2014 5:28 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I think so, but Eric isn't sure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 6:33 PM
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Debra Granik Goes Rogue with First Doc 'Stray Dog' (LAFF World Premiere)

Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. What was the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, do next?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival: How Rookie Kimberly Levin Made Indie Farm Drama 'Runoff'

More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival Thursday night, where buyers are circling. Here's Variety's rave review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:27 PM
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LA Film Fest Announces Jurors, Includes Director Robert Townsend, Actress Rachel Harris, Critic Sheri Linden

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the jurors for its narrative and documentary competitions. Director Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle," "The Five Heartbeats"), actress Rachel Harris ("Natural Selection," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" franchise) and LA Times and Hollywood Reporter film critic Sheri Linden are among the names selected for the festival's jury. Complete list of jurors below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2014 1:04 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Reveals 2014 Juries

The Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its jurors for the 2014 summer festival, its 20th, which runs from Wednesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 19 in downtown Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2014 3:20 PM
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LA Film Festival Reveals 2014 Lineup, Includes Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys,' 'Dear White People,' 'Two Faces of January' and More

The Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the 2014 edition of the fest. Included is the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" (as the closer), and gala screenings of Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange," Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Hossein Amini's Patricia Highsmith adaptation "The Two Faces of January."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 2:20 PM
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Lisa Cholodenko Is Guest Director of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) has revealed that filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will serve as artistic guest director for the upcoming edition of the fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 2:34 PM
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Calling All Filmmakers: Film Independent's Project Involve Now Open for Submissions

Listen up, filmmakers. Film Independent's signature diversity program Project Involve is now open for submissions. The deadline is April 28. Here's what you need to apply.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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