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    Dennis Hopper: 1936 - 2010

    Maverick actor, filmmaker and artist Dennis Hopper died today at age 74 of complications from prostate cancer. Born in Kansas on May 17, 1936, Hopper passed away at his home in Venice, CA, according to media reports within the past hour.

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    Kino Acquires Cannes Winner "Poetry"

    Kino International has announced the U.S. acquisition of Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry," which recently won the Best Screenplay Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. From the South Korean writer/director of "Secret Sunshine" and "Oasis," the film tells the story of Mija, a grandmother who lives with...

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    Cinema Guild Takes "Putty Hill"

    The Cinema Guild has announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill," which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival the following month. The dea...

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    "Undertow," "Joan Rivers" Help NewFest Turn 22

    NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival will soon roll out the "rainbow carpet" for its 22nd edition. From June 3rd through June 13th, the festival will present over 100 films from over 20 countries at the SVA Theater and Festival Lounge on 23rd Street in Chelsea...

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    SilverDocs Unveils U.S. and World Competition Films for June Fest

    One of America's most prominent documentary events, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, unveiled its competition line up with 11 features competiting in both its "Sterling U.S. Feature Competition and "Sterling World Feature Competition." There are also over three dozen shorts...

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    Jafar Panahi Reportedly Released From Iran Prison

    The Associated Press is reporting that Iran has released filmmaker Jafar Panahi on $200,000 (US) bail Tuesday after more than two months in custody. Islamic Republic officials had initially charged Mr. Panahi with "unspecified crimes." They since reversed themselves, and the charges now allege that ...

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    NonStop Nabs 3 Cannes Competition Titles

    NonStop Entertainment has announced a slew of new acquisitions at the recently closed 2010 Cannes Film Festival, including three films that screened in competition.

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    UPDATE: "Kaboom" Claims First Queer Palm

    Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" was announced today as the winner of the inaugural Queer Palm, awarded to an LGBT film at the Cannes Film Festival, at a ceremony held at Zanzibar, the oldest gay bar in Europe and popular with gay fest goers. Sponsored by Gallic filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martine...

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    Box Office: Bollywood's "Kites" Doesn't Quite Soar; "Solitary," "Rollers" Strong (UPDATED)

    While Hollywood continued to roll out its summer big guns ("Shrek Forever After" opened to the tune of $71,250,000), the specialty market found good showings from its two most high-profile debuts: Brian Koppelman and David Levien's "Solitary Man" and Kevin Asch's "Holy Rollers" (which, incidentally,...

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    Hong Sangsoo Tops Un Certain Regard

    The new film by Hong Sangsoo, "Ha Ha Ha", won the top prize for a film in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section tonight in France.

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