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    Daily Read: Storms Hit Cannes, Zoolander 2, Studio Revenues Rise, Machete Goes Arizona

    Freak waves up to 18 feet high have damaged the Croissette just a week before the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival is due to begin. While cars were tossed about and more than a dozen beachfront cafes have been temporarily shuttered, local officials told the BBC the damage will be "put right" and cl...

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    SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse

    Meredith Brody's Bay Area blitz continues with a problematically packed film schedule and a master class with Walter Salles. Awards, food, and Borges quotations follow:

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    SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced

    The 53rd SFIFF winners have been announced, along with the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker Grants.

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    Foul Play: Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money"

    The thesis of the new documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) should be clear from its title. Casino Jack and the United States of Money bills itself as a “story of what our democracy has become,” a sobering examination of the corrosive influence of money on American politics. Coming so soon after the controversial January 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which overturned a key provision of the McCain-Feingold act prohibiting corporate support of political broadcasts, Gibney’s film couldn’t be more timely. But Casino Jack proves more adept at diagnosing and describing...

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    Spielberg and Abrams Team on Super 8 At Paramount

    The puzzling part of Steven Spielberg producing director J.J. Abrams' Super 8 is that Spielberg is still not happy with Paramount. But he's willing to produce this movie with Abrams' Bad Robot, even though it will go through that studio deal. The two men dreamed up the homage to their Super 8 filmma...

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    Student Academy Award Finalists Announced

    Thirty-seven students from 21 colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 37th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Academy members will view these films at special screenings and vote to select the winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively, may be presented in each of four categories. The winning filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 12, at the Academy's Samuel Gold...

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