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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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As Boston Filming Halts on 'American Hustle,' L.A. Film Fest Names David O. Russell as Guest Director, Spirit of Independence Award Winner

The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 13-23) has announced that Oscar-nominated and Film Independent Spirit Award-winning director David O. Russell will serve as the 2013 fest's guest director. He will also be the recipient of the Spirit of Independence award, which recognizes an individual for his or her commitment to artistic independence in film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 2:21 PM
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Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13. This will be the North American premiere of the film. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:21 PM
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Deadline Approaches for Film Independent's Fall 2013 Screenwriting Lab

The deadline for Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab is fast approaching. By Monday, April 1st, writers may submit a feature-length narrative screenplay for consideration in this five week program in LA.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 28, 2013 7:15 AM
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Cinedigm Takes Jared Moshé's Western 'Dead Man's Burden' for 2013 Release

Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to release "Dead Man's Burden," from director Jared Moshé. The 1870-set Western premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is playing this weekend at the Hamptons Int'l Film Festival. Cinedigm plans a 2013 release with a VOD, digital and DVD roll out to follow.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2012 5:24 PM
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Early Review Roundup: 'Magic Mike' Has Bare Bods, Backstage Fluffing and Right Amount of Heart

Early reviews are coming in for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper confection "Magic Mike," last night's closing gala at LA Film Fest. The ever adventurous Soderbergh seems to be in good form...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:56 PM
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LAFF: 'Middle of Nowhere' Gets Two Standing Ovations; DuVernay & Cast Talk Black Films Reaching Audiences In A Meaningful Way [New Teaser]

Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" played to a full house and two standing ovations at its Gala screening at the LA Film Fest on June 20. The drama is honest and immersive, moving and sexy, funny and unexpected.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2012 3:39 PM
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LAFF Mid-Fest Report: Reviews, Exclusive Clips and Ursula Meier Talks Oscar-Worthy 'Sister' (VIDEO)

Halfway through Film Independent's LA Film Fest, we've sampled a spectrum of films, among them a gala premiere ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"), an indie debut ("Pincus"), indie gems ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Gimme the Loot"), a foreign stunner ("Sister") and powerful docs ("The Invisible War," "Birth Story").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 7:17 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Opens with Woody Allen: Advance Picks

Of course folks will flock to see the big ticket items at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," complete with the self-deprecatory filmmaker, who said, "I'm here to introduce the cast. If you like it, tell your friends and Sony so they don't put it in the witness protection program."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 9:54 PM
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Review Roundup: 'To Rome with Love' Not Wooing Critics

Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" had its stateside debut last night at the LA Film Fest, and American critics seem slightly more wooed by the director's latest loveletter to a foreign city than the Italians, but not by much. Review round-up below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2012 3:03 PM
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