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    London Film Festival: Sandra Hebron Steps Down, Looks Back

    As Sandra Hebron’s reign as Artistic Director at the London Film Festival draws to a close, Matt Mueller asked her cast an eye over her final program and look back over her time steering Europe’s largest public film festival.After nine years holding the London Film Festival (LFF) reins (she stepped up from deputy in 2003), well-regarded Sandra Hebron decided that this year’s festival – its 55th edition – would be her last. The decision was partly foisted upon her as she opted not to apply when the British Film Institute declared their intention to merge her post with that of the artistic director of BFI Southbank (the old National Film Theatre). It’s not that Hebron didn’t fancy the added workload, more that it just seemed the right time to make a clean break. “I’ve been here a long time and I’m genuinely interested to see what somebody else does with the festival,” she says. “I’m a big believer in cultural renewal.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Sean Durkin Talks Food, Violence And Open Endings In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    All The Lowdown From The NYFF Screening Of One Of The Year's Best FilmsIt may feel like you've been hearing about "Martha Marcy May Marlene" all year; the film, the debut of director Sean Durkin (who was the producer of Antonio Campos' underseen "Afterschool"), bowed at Sundance, and has spent the last nine months picking up new fans at every subsequent festival, from Cannes to Toronto, and launching its young star, Elizabeth Olsen, into stardom. And take it from someone who finally saw the film last week; the praise is much deserved.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba Wins Top Honor at UK Crime Thriller Awards

    Friday night (Oct 7), Idris Elba was awarded the U.K.’s annual Crime Thriller Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the BBC series Luther.

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Jim Sheridan Didn't Like 'Dream House' Either, Tried To Take Name Off Film

    Could Direct 'Sheriff Street Stories' About Childhood In Ireland NextIt's always disappointing when strong directors come out with a film that is absolutely terrible. Jim Sheridan's "Dream House," with an 8% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only $14.5 million dollars in box office so far, initially had a boatload of promise with charismatic stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, but what we saw was terrifyingly bad (and not because trailers promised a horror story à la Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"). And just as everyone was beginning to wonder what had happened, besides the extensive reshoots, the LA Times reported late last week that Sheridan wanted his name taken off the final film.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Ides of March" Campaigns for Box Office and Oscar

    "Ides of March" Campaigns for Box Office and Oscar

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  • The Playlist
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    Tim Roth Joins Cillian Murphy In 'Broken,' Film Debut Of Theater Director Rufus Norris

    Actor Also Joins Peter Mullan In Hitman Flick 'The Liability'Tim Roth's got to be looking over at old pal and compatriot Gary Oldman with a little envy right now. Roth might have found moderate success on U.S. TV with "Lie To Me" (and he's been signed to a deal with Fox TV for another series), but his co-star in "Meantime" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is appearing in billion-dollar "Harry Potter" and "Batman" movies and looking like a serious potential to be a Best Actor nominee at the Oscars for his amazing performance in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (Oct. 13-17, 2011); Watch Trailers

    With the so-called “99 Percent” currently bent on making rich people across America feel their pain, this might be the perfect week for that other “1 Percent” to get away for a little “R&R” in the Hamptons.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ben Stiller Revives Zoolander for SNL

    In an episode with surprise appearances from Hugh Jackman and Kenny G, the best cameo of last night's Saturday Night Live may have actually come from the host himself. Stiller's popular movie character showed up on Weekend Update, pairing up with Bill Hader's Stefon to give viewers a guide to New York City's latest hot-spots. --Natalie Wright

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch - Suspense Film "The Divide" With Courtney B. Vance

    Below is the teaser trailer for the suspense thriller The Divide directed by French filmmaker Xavier Gans (Frontiers, Hitman). The film deals with a group of survivors trapped in an underground bomb shelter in the N.Y. apartment building they live in when the world is upon us. However things of course get "graphic and violent" when the survivors start fighting among themselves for survival.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: HOMELAND and YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRUTH go deep inside the minds of torture victims

    By Ian Grey Press Play Contributor

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