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LAFF Review: Joe Burke's 'Four Dogs' Is Breezy Buddy Showbiz Comedy with Bite (TRAILER)

While micro-budget, plotless indies about sad sack dudes and their lonely lives are old hat at a time when anyone can pick up a camera and shoot, Joe Burke's "Four Dogs" stands a cut above as a portrait of two emotionally impotent man-children.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 18, 2013 2:01 PM
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LAFF: Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films Announces Greenlight of Fifth Feature, 'The Driver'

Today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced the greenlight of the company's fifth feature film: "The Driver." Whitaker was recently named one of Indiewire's Influencers for his founding of JuntoBox and Significant Productions.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 12:00 PM
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LAFF: Destin Cretton Talks SXSW Grand Jury Winner 'Short Term 12,' Immaturity and the Mystery of Indie Film's Future (TRAILER)

Destin Daniel Cretton talks his "Short Term 12," from Sundance winning short to SXSW Grand Jury prize-winning feature...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2013 1:11 AM
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LAFF Kicks Off with Almodovar's Sexy 'I'm So Excited,' What To See at 2013 Fest

The 19th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off ten days of screenings and events Thursday night (our recommendations are below) with Pedro Almodovar's sexily escapist romp "I'm So Excited" (review here), which played well for the North American premiere crowd downtown at LA Live. The Spanish auteur was on hand in a splendid lime suit, shilling for Hollywood roles for his cast.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 14, 2013 3:50 PM
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'I'm So Excited' Review: Sex, Drugs and R&B Collide at 30,000 Feet

It's hard to understand the motivation of whoever was tasked with translating the title of Pedro Almodóvar's new movie into English. They ended up with "I'm So Excited!", which certainly conveys the campy joy of the 95-minute airborne bacchanal but is a far cry from the film's original Spanish title, "Los amantes pasajeros." Admittedly, it's a hard one to translate--"The Lovers On-Board" or even "The Lover-Passengers" would be closer yet self-evidently clumsy--but the film's original title does so much to encapsulate the delicious, shocking, messy piece that Almodóvar has put together. Nevertheless, that unknown translator might have been on to something--this could be a tough film for American audiences to swallow (pun fully intended).
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 14, 2013 12:30 AM
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Exclusive Clip: Los Angeles Film Festival Narrative Competition Entry 'Pollywogs'

Check out this exclusive clip from Karl Jacob and T. Arthur Cottam's "Pollywogs," making its world premiere in the Narrative Competition lineup at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14. The film centers on a young man, Dylan (Jacob), who heads for a rural family reunion following a nasty breakup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 1:50 PM
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LAFF: Bernard Rose and Danny Huston Reunite with 'Boxing Day,' Third in Tolstoy Series (VIDEO)

Transplanted Brit writer-director Bernard Rose and Hollywood scion Danny Huston have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Casting Huston in "IVANSXTC," a llittle-seen 2002 success d'estime that in many ways presaged the indie digital age, jumpstarted the would-be director's career as an actor. Huston keeps coming back for more, because with Rose he winds up doing his best acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 4:08 PM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Jury Announced

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its jurors for the 2013 fest, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A. Jury members include directors Sean Baker ("Starlet") and Clay Tweel ("The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters") and producers Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel") and Lesley Chilcott ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth"). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 1:35 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival 'Coffee Talks' Series to Include Shane Black, Virginia Madsen, Atticus Ross and More

Film Independent's 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A., has announced the lineup for its popular "Coffee Talks" series, scheduled for June 16. Four talks will take place over the course of the day, and feature talent such as writer-director Shane Black ("Iron Man 3"), actress Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), musician Atticus Ross ( Oscar winner for "The Social Network") and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Adds Studio Premieres of 'Man of Steel' and "Monsters U' to Indie Lineup (UPDATED)

Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:48 PM
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