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Venice 2014

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    Daily Reads: The Career of Julia Roberts, The Best of the Fall Festival Season So Far and More

    Plus: stop saying that movies with black casts "overperform," and how "No Good Deed" substitutes violence for sex.

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    Interview: Peter Bogdanovich On ‘She’s Funny That Way’ And The Bodily Liquid Obsession Of Modern Comedy

    Our Indiewire blog-mate (visit Blogdanovich at your leisure here if you haven’t already) Peter Bogdanovich is little less than a legend. In Venice to present his first theatrical narrative feature in 13 years (“The Cat’s Meow” was 2001), the actor, director, producer, writer, film conservationist, r...

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    Interview: Owen Wilson & Kathryn Hahn Talk The Screwball Comedy Of ‘She’s Funny That Way’ & Other Projects

    In the somewhat odd way things tend to work at film festivals, approximately thirteen minutes after the end of the Venice press screening for Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” (review here), there we were in an increasingly oven-like tent beside a tennis court talking to two of the film’s s...

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    The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival

    The accepted wisdom among Venice Film Festival attendees was that this year’s lineup was not one for the ages. But while we did feel the absence of just one more big, high-profile premiere (the inclusion of either “Inherent Vice” or “Gone Girl,” as were discussed at one point, would probably have c...

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    Venice Review: Duane Hopkins’ ‘Bypass’ Starring George McKay Is Garish Style Over Grim Substance

    With the entirety of Duane Hopkins' "Bypass" shot like a mood-setting montage, you may find yourself waiting for the storytelling proper to start. It never really happens. Overusing lens-flare-y wooziness and a handheld, shallow depth of field aesthetic in an effort to inject a kind of lyricism i...

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    Watch: First 3 Clips From Venice Prize-Winner 'Hungry Hearts' Starring Adam Driver

    There's a certain inevitability about film festival awards: no matter how much ground you cover while there, you're almost guaranteed to end up missing one of the films that takes the top prize. And so it was with the Venice Film Festival: though our roving correspondent saw (and adored) Golden and...

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    Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting

    Throughout the 71st Venice Film Festival, which wrapped on Friday, the expectation was that the Golden Lion for best film would go to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” starring Michael Keaton. But the jury headed by Alexandre Desplat did the unexpected and gave...

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    Venice '71 Awards: Roy Andersson's 'Pigeon' Wins The Golden Lion Best Film, Adam Driver Takes Best Actor Prize

    Well, that’s basically a wrap on the Venice Film Festival and the Venezia 71 jury—chaired by Alexandre Desplat and comprised of Joan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jessica Hausner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandy Powell, Tim Roth, Elia Suleiman and Carlo Verdone—has decided the awards. The big winner? Roy Andersson’s ...

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