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SFIFF 54 Day Two: Movies Directed by Women, Miss Representation, The Good Life, Meek's Cutoff

San Francisco TOH corespondent Meredith Brody continues her daily diary from the The San Francisco International Film Festival:If you’re one of the all-access-pass members of a film festival audience, intent on seeing as many movies during its brief annual flowering as possible, one of your main goals is avoiding the fate of the woman who sat in front of me on opening night.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 23, 2011 8:37 AM
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Weekend Preview: Madea, RPattz, Witherspoon & Elephants, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Incendies

Weekend Preview: Madea, RPattz, Witherspoon & Elephants, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Incendies
Tyler Perry fans and Robert Pattinson shriekers can flock to theaters this weekend. In the meantime, check out a variety of alternatives from the indiesphere.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 7:15 AM
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San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor

San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor
While roaming festival reporter Meredith Brody missed Berlin this year, she's back on the case in San Francisco this week as the 54th film festival gets under way there. Can you tell she's also a food critic?The San Francisco Film Festival folks couldn’t have come up with a better opening night ploy if they’d plotted it.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED
Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she's front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2011 4:56 AM
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Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer

Meek's Cutoff: Professor Kelly Reichardt's Filmmaking 101 Primer
Kelly Reichardt teaches filmmaking at Bard College in New York, and writes and directs rigorous low-budget indie films on the side. Her latest, Meek's Cutoff, is even better than her last, Wendy and Lucy, which was better than Old Joy, which I found a tough slog. Star Michelle Williams may have made some of the difference on the last two, but perhaps in spite of herself, Reichardt's austere, thoughtful films are gaining accessibility as she goes along. In person, she's seriously charming. Herewith, Professor Reichardt's tips for making a good indie movie:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 8:19 AM
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Honoring Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros: Their Work, Coverage, Restrepo Clips

A soldier resting at Restrepo bunker in Afghanistan, named the World Press Photo of the Year for 2007.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 21, 2011 5:39 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Art of Getting By Stars Roberts, Highmore

As promised, Fox Searchlight has supplied a new trailer for writer-director Gavin Weisen's recently retitled feature debut The Art of Getting By, starring Emma Roberts (a.k.a. Julia Roberts's niece), Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone and Sam Robards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 5:37 AM
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Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk

Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk
Diane Lane was eight when An American Family first aired on PBS in 1973. She remembers people talking about the twelve-part reality show, the first ever. Ten million people watched it. The Loud family would never be the same. Nor would American television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 9:29 AM
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X-Men: First Class: A Critique of Lawrence's Mystique; New International Trailer

Here is MTV's take on this new still of Jennifer Lawrence as X-Men: First Class's Mystique: "This may not be the most engaging of press images, but we’re satisfied with a static shot of the iconic character in full makeup—not to mention confident we’ll see Mystique in a variety of more dynamic, even seductive poses within the full film. It’s kind of her thing."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2011 7:15 AM
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Restrepo Documentarian Tim Hetherington Confirmed Killed in Libya UPDATED

Having survived many dangerous photographic missions in his life, as well as repeated trips to the lethal Restrepo outpost in Afghanistan--now abandoned by U.S. military--where he shot Oscar-nominated doc Restrepo with co-director Sebastian Junger, British photojournalist and Vanity contributor Tim Hetherington, 41, has died during fighting in Misrata between Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers and Libyan rebels, along with photographer Chris Hondros.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 4:04 AM
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