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Mill Valley Film Festival Grows to Destination for Industry Vets

Mill Valley Film Festival Grows to Destination for Industry Vets »

6 Oct, 2016
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Now in its 39th year, the Mill Valley Film Festival has grown from an intimate, three-day gathering in the artsy, hippie kingdom of

Lyn and Norman Lear Honored by International Documentary Association

Lyn and Norman Lear Honored by International Documentary Association »

6 Oct, 2016
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The International Documentary Association has selected Lyn and Norman Lear, Stanley Nelson, Ally Derks and Nanfu Wang as honorees for its 32nd Annual

Emily Mortimer in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Actress Joins Disney Sequel

Emily Mortimer in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Actress Joins Disney Sequel »

6 Oct, 2016
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Emily Mortimer has signed on to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Mortimer will play Jane Banks, who

Notable Absences Mark 21st Busan Festival Opening Ceremony

Notable Absences Mark 21st Busan Festival Opening Ceremony »

6 Oct, 2016
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After two years of struggle between festival organizers and city authorities, followed by an indecisive settlement, this year’s Busan Film Festival always was

BFI London Film Festival Aims to Set Itself Apart From European Rivals

BFI London Film Festival Aims to Set Itself Apart From European Rivals »

6 Oct, 2016
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The rolling up of the red carpet in Venice has traditionally been the signal each year for industry players to decamp across the

‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Title Set as ‘Blade Runner 2049’

‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Title Set as ‘Blade Runner 2049’ »

6 Oct, 2016
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Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. have titled the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel as “Blade Runner 2049.”

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright,

Mill Valley Festival Honors Slate of Awards Season Contenders

Mill Valley Festival Honors Slate of Awards Season Contenders »

6 Oct, 2016
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The list of honorees at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival reads like a who’s who of awards season contenders, with tributes and

Aaron Eckhart Honored at Hamptons Film Fest with Impact in Acting Award

Aaron Eckhart Honored at Hamptons Film Fest with Impact in Acting Award »

6 Oct, 2016
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Few actors have balanced blockbuster movies with independent film as successful Aaron Eckhart, who first burst into the public consciousness with a blistering,

‘Playback’ Podcast: Aaron Eckhart on ‘Bleed For This’ and ‘Sully’

‘Playback’ Podcast: Aaron Eckhart on ‘Bleed For This’ and ‘Sully’ »

6 Oct, 2016
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Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On today’s episode Jenelle Riley and I discuss this year’s crop of 10 Actors to Watch, being

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Teaser Trailer: Caesar Warns of War

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Teaser Trailer: Caesar Warns of War »

6 Oct, 2016
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“War has begun,” Caesar warns, in the first teaser for “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

The teaser trailer — a digital billboard

Busan: European Film Promotion Brings Key Talent, Pics to Fest

Busan: European Film Promotion Brings Key Talent, Pics to Fest »

6 Oct, 2016
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European Film Promotion is back at the Busan Film Festival this year with 18 filmmakers and actors in tow as part of its

Busan: Asian Film Market Looks for Healthy Business

Busan: Asian Film Market Looks for Healthy Business »

6 Oct, 2016
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The Busan film festival director Kang Soo-youn said repeatedly through the summer that she expects the market to be smaller this year. But

Busan: Filmmaker Tsai Is on a Special Mission as Asian Film Academy Dean

Busan: Filmmaker Tsai Is on a Special Mission as Asian Film Academy Dean »

6 Oct, 2016
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Tsai Ming-liang is on a special mission at this year’s Busan Intl. Film Festival. As the dean of the Asian Film Academy taking

Korean Box Office on Track for Another Strong Year

Korean Box Office on Track for Another Strong Year »

6 Oct, 2016
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With some 164 million tickets sold between January and September, the Korean box office looks to stay on course for another strong year,

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ Review From the New York Film Festival

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ Review From the New York Film Festival »

6 Oct, 2016
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It’s been 22 years since director Steve James released “Hoop Dreams,” and though none of his other films has had anything approaching that impact,

Tokyo Filmex: Kim Ki-duk’s ‘The Net’ to Open 17th Edition

Tokyo Filmex: Kim Ki-duk’s ‘The Net’ to Open 17th Edition »

6 Oct, 2016
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TOKYO – Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s ‘The Net’ will open the 17th edition of Tokyo Filmex. The festival will unspool at venues around

Busan: Asian Film School Trains Next Generation of Filmmakers

Busan: Asian Film School Trains Next Generation of Filmmakers »

6 Oct, 2016
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Busan Asian Film School (AFiS), a year round pan-Asian film institute, will offically open next year, with the Busan Film Commission as the

Busan: International Festival Cooperation Opens New Screen Doors

Busan: International Festival Cooperation Opens New Screen Doors »

6 Oct, 2016
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International film festivals and markets are increasingly cooperating with each other on various fronts across continents. The Latin American film market Ventana Sur

‘Suffering of Ninko’ Review

‘Suffering of Ninko’ Review »

6 Oct, 2016
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A monk from the Edo Period gets in touch with his inner pervert in “Suffering of Ninko,” a costumed soft-core curio that’s beyond

Blockbuster ‘Train to Busan’ Opens Doors to More Asian Zombie Pics

Blockbuster ‘Train to Busan’ Opens Doors to More Asian Zombie Pics »

6 Oct, 2016
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When “Train to Busan” smashed box office records in South Korea, the local film industry was surprised that a zombie pic could be

Busan: ‘Quiet Dream’ Director Zhang Lu Returns To Pay His Dues

Busan: ‘Quiet Dream’ Director Zhang Lu Returns To Pay His Dues »

6 Oct, 2016
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Zhang Lu, the Korean-Chinese director of Busan’s opening film “A Quiet Dream” is quietly thrilled to be back in the city where his

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dominates Social Media Conversations

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dominates Social Media Conversations »

4 Oct, 2016
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Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” dominated social media buzz surrounding movies last week following its new trailer launch, with

‘Birth of a Nation’s Nate Parker Struggles to Address Rape Allegations

‘Birth of a Nation’s Nate Parker Struggles to Address Rape Allegations »

4 Oct, 2016
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Nate Parker is having trouble staying on-message.

In a pre-taped appearance on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” and a live appearance on “Good Morning

‘Love is All You Need’ To Screen Where Hate Crimes Were Committed

‘Love is All You Need’ To Screen Where Hate Crimes Were Committed »

4 Oct, 2016
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Genius Pictures is launching a special tour to promote “Love is All You Need” and the film’s anti-hate message.

Over 30 days, the film

Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘The Warded Man’ Movie in Development

Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘The Warded Man’ Movie in Development »

4 Oct, 2016
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Spike Seldin and Hans Futterman’s New Harlem Partnership banner has acquired movie rights to Peter V. Brett’s science-fiction fantasy “The Warded Man.”

“The

Producer Sues Chinese Financiers For Firing Him From Film

Producer Sues Chinese Financiers For Firing Him From Film »

4 Oct, 2016
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A U.S.-based producer filed suit against a Chinese company on Monday, alleging that he was fired from the Orlando Bloom film “Smart Chase”

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Review From the New York Film Festival

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Review From the New York Film Festival »

4 Oct, 2016
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Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary. It’s a meditation on the prophetic

‘Bitter Money’ Review

‘Bitter Money’ Review »

4 Oct, 2016
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Wang Bing’s ability to connect with the working class subjects of his documentaries (“West of the Tracks,” “Three Sisters”) is the chief reason

‘The Last of Us’ Review

‘The Last of Us’ Review »

4 Oct, 2016
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Conceptual filmmaker Ala Eddine Slim’s debut feature hews to the presumptions one inevitably makes given the “conceptual” qualifier. Experimental in execution while addressing

Noel Clarke’s Unstoppable Signs Three-Film Deal With Dignity

Noel Clarke’s Unstoppable Signs Three-Film Deal With Dignity »

4 Oct, 2016
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Noel Clarke’s Unstoppable Entertainment and Dignity Film Finance have signed a deal for a slate of three feature films set to go into