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Cannes Critics' Week Celebrates First-Timers, Shuts Out Americans and Women from Competition

The Cannes Critics' Week will be packed will first-time filmmakers, save one...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:36 PM
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Focus Forward Partners with Tribeca, LA Film Fest and Other Fests; Opens Filmmaker Challenge Submissions

Focus Forward is a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire. GE and CINELAN's Focus Forward is now accepting submissions for their $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge, in celebration of nine Focus Forward documentary shorts playing at Tribeca on April 25.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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Robert Redford Presents on the Sundance Channel; Curated Indie Series to Begin with 'The Crucible'

The Sundance Channel will feature a series of indie films curated and introduced by creative director Robert Redford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 11:49 AM
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Poster Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

True confession. While I have not read Seth Grahame-Smith's book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the name Timur Bekmambetov has me interested in this movie. The Russian/Kazakh director of "Night Watch" and "Wanted" is a virtuosic visualist who runs his own VFX company, Peter Jackson-style. He produced Shane Acker's animated film "9"with Tim Burton, who is producing this one as well, which Fox will release June 22. It will be style over content on this one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 6:16 PM
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SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awards night on April 26.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:05 PM
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Focus World & Tugg Team for 'Extraterrestrial' Theatrical and VOD Release

Focus Features' VOD label Focus World is partnering with Tugg to release Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial" in theaters and through VOD beginning June 15. "Extraterrestrial" is set to play theaters in Brooklyn, Seattle, North Hollywood, and Texas' Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, and will expand to wherever audiences demand it through Tugg.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:10 PM
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Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Characters Reveal Themselves in Multi-Site Scavenger Hunt

One recent marketing trend involves luring potential moviegoers into engaging with your product via interactive engagement. Call it marketing via scavenger hunt.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:05 PM
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'Prometheus' Celebrates Fassbender's Fascinating Robot; Fox Confirms Film Not Yet Rated

While Fox confirms to TOH! that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (June 8) has not yet been submitted for a rating (dashing rumors of a PG-13), the studio has released a new video celebrating the birthday of David the robot, played by the ever-fascinating Michael Fassbender. (Think HAL on steroids.) Matt Mueller, who attended the London "Prometheus" preview, warns that Fassbender "appears in serious danger of walking away with the movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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Cannes Announces 2012 Short Film Selection: 'The Chair,' 'Night Shift,' 'Yardbird,' 'Souffle,' 'Silent' & More

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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'All You Need' is Emily Blunt? Actress in Talks for Cruise/Liman Pic

Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:22 AM
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