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    Human Rights Film Festival Set to Host 17 NY Premiers & Tim Hetherington Tribute

    The 22nd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival is set to run this summer from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. 19 films from 12 countries will be featured at the fest. 17 are making their New York premieres.

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    Silent Movie Locations—At Your Fingertips

    Where did Charlie Chaplin stage a throwaway gag in his classic 1931 movie City Lights—and does the street look the same today, eighty years later? The answer is yes, and John Bengtson just figured it out.

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    Short Starts: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Inspires a Look Back to Donald Duck

    As I’m sure everyone is almost excessively aware, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (aka "POTC4") is opening this weekend. This time around Johnny Depp will be sailing around with Penélope Cruz and Ian McShane looking for the Fountain of Youth, perhaps in an attempt to restore the vitali...

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    Bridesmaids is a Big Fat Hit!

    Women took up the mantle and went to see the film. The gross was about $24.5 (UPDATE - $26.2) million about $10 million more than predicted. I don't know who does the predicting on these types of films but they missed the boat on this one big time. I know they wanted to keep expectations down because the mantra was (and seems always is with a film about women) that this is unprecedented and there is nothing to compare it to. I'd like to now retire these delusional thoughts. Women have starred in successful franchises, action movies and comedies. Maybe we just need to start keeping our own statistics to help people out. (Who wants to wor...

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    Watch Miramax Films on Netflix Starting in June

    Starting in June, Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch several hundred Miramax titles, including "Pulp Fiction," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Kill Bill." This marks the first time Miramax films have become available through a digital subscription service.

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    The "Tree of Life" Press Conference and The Man Who Wasn't There

    Outside the Palais Monday morning, the love for Terrence Malick was on the verge of turning into frenzy. Members of the press leapt over railings and used mosh-pit tactics in order to break through the crowd and run up the Palais steps. Scores of fans held handmade signs begging passersby for a tick...

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    Snow White Catfight Continues As Universal Moves 'Huntsman' Up Six Months To June 1st

    Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spin-Off Now Set For December 21st, 2012 Every so often, Hollywood studios find themselves in a game of $300 million chicken, when two films with strikingly similar premises are green-lit simultaneously. And almost invariably, the first film out of the blocks ends up as th...

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    Human Rights Watch Film Festival: The Women

    Women directors are dominant in the upcoming Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC from June 16-30.

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    Cannes: Sleeping Beauty Intros Director Leigh, Keeps Audience at Bay, Bought by Sundance Selects

    Walking on the Croisette, I ran into Jane Campion, who was in town to support Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh. Campion said that her "challenging" film Sleeping Beauty would never have gotten made if she hadn't agreed, when approached by Screen Australia, to "mentor" the project. Cam...

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    Cannes Clip: A Somber Kanye Plays a Great Set, Including a Stevie Wonder Cover.

    Eugene Hernandez provides a nice summary of last night's Kanye West show and the context behind it. Here are few clips I took from my vantage point at the front:

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