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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary about feminism in the art world of the 1960s, !Women Art Revolution, will make its theatrical debut at NYC's IFC Center June 1, followed by showings across the country (schedule below, along with the trailer) via Zeitgeist Films. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and also screened at Sundance and Berlin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades

Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades
While some of us were gallivanting around the south of France, others caught screenings of Matthew Vaughn's crack at the X-Men franchise, First Class, which boasts an appealing cast led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and --for starters--strong reviews. The movie opens wide on Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: Spy Kids in 4-D Stars Jessica Alba, Spy Dog

Robert Rodriguez has managed to keep the Spy Kids franchise fresh over a decade--and it has earned $485.2 million worldwide to date. This time, with fourth installment All the Time in the World (in 4-D!), he adds Sin City babe Jessica Alba as a stepmom with a secret--as well as a very talented dog. Opening date: August 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 2:31 AM
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Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips

Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips
The sixth International Rome Film Festival will take place October 27 through November 4, 2011. Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone will head the jury, which also includes Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, said Rome Fest president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Red Band Trailer for Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Feel Bad Movie of Christmas

Columbia, with its red band trailer of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which has not been removed from YouTube, below), is selling edgy: "The feel bad movie of Christmas." Meanwhile, the trailer cuts together tantalizing glimpses of everyone in the movie--especially heroic leading man Daniel Craig-- but precious little of the girl we want to see and her dragon tattoo. Yes, there's a skinny naked torso as Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) takes off her shirt, and shots in the dark of a speeding cycle. At trailer's end, we get "she's coming," which cops to the fact that Salander is the draw here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, Get Your Fluffy On

Warner Bros.'s Happy Feet 2 in 3-D arrives November 18. Check out the trailer, complete with singing and dancing:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2011 3:31 AM
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Academy Unspools Summer of Silents, Starring Keaton, Chaplin, Oliver & Hardy

On the heels of one the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival this year --the silent film The Artist, made in Hollywood by the French, which earned Jean Dujardin the best actor Palme d'Or--the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is presenting a wondrous program, Summer of Silents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2011 12:19 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office

Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office
BOX OFFICE
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 8:00 AM
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Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life
This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 5:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: I Don't Know How She Does It: Carrie Bradshaw in Boston, with A Job, Husband & Kids

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and Jane Curtin. The comedy might look like a variation on Sex and the City, but it is actually based on Allison Pearson's 2003 novel (adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna), and directed by Douglas McGrath. The synopsis is below, in case the trailer doesn't make the entire plot clear enough. The Weinstein Co. releases the film September 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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