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Telluride XL Day 2: 'Ida,' 'Labor Day,' Coens Music Tribute, 'Natan'

Here's my recap of a long and rather unbelievably rich festival day at Telluride.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2013 2:05 PM
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Telluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive 'Under the Skin,' Strong Debut 'Palo Alto' and Provocative 'Starred Up' (TRAILER)

Reviews and acquisitions are heating up at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Three notable acquisitions titles debuted Thursday night of which I saw one, "Palo Alto," the impressive debut of young filmmaker Gia Coppola (Francis Ford's granddaughter, born six months after her father Gio's accidental death) which will also play Venice and Toronto. Yet another dark high school drama in "Kids" mode centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble, "Palo Alto" is adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco,
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 30, 2013 4:29 PM
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Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th Anniversary

I look forward to the one-two punch of my favorite fall film festivals (say that five times fast), Telluride and Toronto, all year long, but this year I feel woefully unprepared for the two orgies. Telluride, a cinephile's dream, haven for the film obsessive, an overstuffed four-day weekend designed to be shorter and more focused than the ten-day or longer omnibus festivals, but this year a whole day longer in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 29, 2013 3:03 PM
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Zeitgeist Films Acquires Murder Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' Ahead of Telluride Premiere

In a preemptive move, Zeitgeist Films has picked up all US rights to the murder mystery documentary "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" ahead of its premiere at Telluride this week. Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, the film centers on a 1930s unsolved murder mystery in the Galapagos islands.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 5:28 PM
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Telluride Film Festival Unveils 40th Anniversary Lineup; Includes 'Gravity,' 'Labor Day,' 'The Invisible Woman,' Cannes Entries and More

The Telluride Film Festival has announced the official program selections of its 40th edition. Included in the lineup are Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman," John Curran's "Tracks" and Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Full lineup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 28, 2013 11:24 AM
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Ranking the Top 15 Best Picture Oscar Contenders Before the Fall Festivals

I was happy to give MovieCityNews webmaster David Poland my top 15 picks for the Best Picture Field. I didn't have to rank them, and while I haven't seen most of them, I could certainly take a stab at where the For Your Consideration ads are likely to go. So now he's assembled a ranking of the Top 15 based on his 15 Gurus. I am in perfect sync on the top six films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 3:25 PM
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Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "The Immigrants," "Nebraska," "The Past") that are likely to show up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 11:59 AM
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Telluride to Celebrate Historic Sheridan Opera House's 100th Anniversary with 'A Night at the Movies: 1913'

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Film Festival and the 100th anniversary of the fest's historic Sheridan Opera House theater, the festival will present "A Night at the Movies: 1913" on August 27. The program includes 90 minutes of short films covering a range of genres, including a featured drama directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish -- who originally appeared on the Opera House stage.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 2:58 PM
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Errol Morris's Rumsfeld Doc Is Popular on the Fall Festival Circuit, But May Not Play the New York Film Festival

Already one of the fall’s more eagerly anticipated films, “The Unknown Known” – Errol Morris’s take on the beloved Donald Rumsfeld, the very idea of which makes our toes curl -- seems poised to be the biggest doc of the season. Word is that the film has not only been invited to the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals but it's become the first of two docs ever accepted into competition at the Venice Biennale (the other being the homegrown “Sacro Gra” by Gianfranco Rosi).
  • By John Anderson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:47 PM
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Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Designs 40th Anniversary Telluride Film Festival Poster

Yes, I have acquired my pass for the celebratory 40th Telluride Film Festival, which adds an extra day to its usual four-day Labor Day weekend festivities (August 29 – September 2, 2013). This year the fest, which is presented by National Film Preserve LTD., gave the design of its 2013 poster to Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, who will attend the fest to sign posters for attendees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 3:53 PM
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