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    LAFF REVIEW | Richard Linklater's "Bernie" Gives Jack Black His Most Original Role in Years

    Richard Linklater's "Bernie" is an oddly endearing love letter to Southern eccentricities that calls to mind no less than his iconic "Slacker." However, the comparison ends there: With its purposefully naive sense of self-mockery, "Bernie" is a shape-shifting genre vehicle set apart from anything el...

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    INTERVIEW | Can Elvis Mitchell Get Los Angeles to Watch Movies in a Museum?

    True story: Two friends in the film industry. One lives in New York, the other Los Angeles. They're discussing how the Tim Burton exhibit will do at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, after its huge success at MOMA.

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    INTERVIEW | Richard Linklater: "I don't think I'll ever quit making movies"

    Richard Linklater was in a jovial mood at the after party for "Bernie," his new black comedy that opened the L.A. Film Festival on Thursday. The movie, a mockumentary in the vein of Christopher Guest, stars Jack Black as a cheery mortician who raises the suspicions of a small Texas town. Following i...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "The Bad Intentions" Director Rosario Garcia-Montero

    Growing up in Lima during the '80s, Cayetana is an only child who spends her days taunting the housekeepers who look after her and communing with her imaginary friends - a host of long-dead Peruvian heroes. What upsets the nine-year-old girl most is not the threat of homegrown terrorism, but rather ...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Once I Was a Champion" Director Gerard Roxburgh

    In 2008, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Evan Tanner went on a solo trip to the desert. Several days later his body was found less than a mile from his campsite. A complex man and an anomaly in the world of mixed martial arts, Tanner was a self-taught philosopher with conflicted feelings about f...

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    Outfest Reveals 2011 Festival Line-up, Ones to Watch, and More

    Outfest's 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off in L.A. on July 7th and runs until the 17th with 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, along with over a dozen panels and special events. "This year's line-up is one of the strongest in Outfest history and we're excited t...

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    Outfest To Honor Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

    Outfest 2011 has announced that its 15th Annual Achievement Award will be presented to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the team behind "Party Monster," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and, most recently, "Becoming Chaz."

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    New Supporters for LACMA's Film Program: FIND and the New York Times

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced new film series in partnership with Film Independent, with the New York Times as presenting sponsor.

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    So Long, Los Angeles...

    And a ridiculously huge shout out to the Davies family for their unparalleled hospitality. Until next time!

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    REVIEW | A Work In Progress: James Franco and Gus Van Sant's "Unfinished"

    James Franco's ubiquity may finally have reached its saturation point this past weekend. Within the same frenzied 48-hour period there was his Independent Spirit Award win for "127 Hours;" an Oscar co-hosting gig; and a third, less-visible achievement: Saturday was the opening of "Unfinished," his c...

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