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    Los Angeles Cinefamily's Fantastic Elastic 24-Hour Telethon with Robert Downey Jr., John Hawkes, Nick Offerman & YOU! (Video)

    If you reside in Los Angeles you know that Cinefamily is a cinephile's dream. For the second year, the non-profit theater -- which is devoted to "finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films"-- is holding its Fantastic Elastic 24-Hour...

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces $220,000 In New Grants To Women Directors

    Amongst last year's grantees were a handful of projects we've been following since then - Buddha of Africa (a working title), a South Africa/Malawi production, and  The Supreme Price - a USA/Nigeria production; there were 2 or 3 others as I recall.

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    Brit Urban Home Invasion Thriller 'Cherry Tree Lane' Getting USA Release In January

    Since Robert Johnson's RLJ Entertainment completed its acquisitions of Image Entertainment and Acorn Media, creating RLJ Entertainment Inc., I've received a steady stream of emails from the newly-formed comapny announcing the releases of new films to the home video (...

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    Ralph Fiennes' Slate Includes Russia Cinema Fund-Backed 'Two Women,' 'Budapest' & Dickens

    The Russian Cinema Fund is co-producing several titles with monies totalling $6.5 million, among them Ralph Fiennes' "The Two Women." The film is an adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy play "A Month in the Country," about a woman and her-step daughter, both ...

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    Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

    Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the...

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    The Top 12 Political Films of 2012

    As an election year, 2012 was particularly rife with political filmmaking. Capitalizing on the highly energized, contentious race for the White House—and a body politic particularly attuned to issues of economic inequality and foreign instability—Hollywood definitely got into the act:...

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    Christopher Nolan Responds To 'Dark Knight Rises' & 'Justice League' Tie-In Rumors, Storyline Reportedly Revealed

    So, about a week ago rumors surfaced that the brewing "Justice League" movie would have the God-like Darkseid as the villain of the superhero team-up movie. But just what will his nefarious plot be? Well, if this latest buzz is anything to go by, his scheme will certainly require a few hands on deck...

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    Sean Penn Complains That Most Actors Do "Monkey-Fuck-Rat Movies," But Says Jessica Chastain Is A "Stradivarius"

    If there has been one recurring theme in 2012 among movie folks, it's that cinema is dead. As we've noted, it's an alarm that has gone up more than once over the years, but there seems to at least be a sentiment that American cinema is in crisis (a feeling director James Gray recently shared with us...

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    Carl Franklin's 'Bless Me Ultima' Will Get National Theatrical Release After All

    On the heels of my post yesterday, revealing the film's trailer, as well as news that it's currently playing only in New Mexico, we were just alerted to some new piece of info, which was great to read.

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