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    Juliette Binoche Talks 'Elles,' Masturbation and her Upcoming Portrayal of Camille Claudel

    If there’s one theme running through Juliette Binoche’s impressive and varied resume, it’s her desire to confound preconceived notions about the predominantly challenging women she portrays. That’s true of her latest film, "Elles," in which she plays a journalist and mother juggling domestic routine...

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    Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan Talk Old-Fashioned 'Darling Companion' (Video)

    It is no surprise that Lawrence Kasdan's return to movie directing after years of studio purgatory is not faring well with critics. Given the chance to make the kind of literate, charming relationship comedy Kasdan loves to make ("The Big Chill," "Grand Canyon"), he went ahead and did it.

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    SFIFF Bestows Graham Leggat Award to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Director Zeitlin; Film to Play Cannes in Un Certain Regard

    It's a great day to be Behn Zeitlin. Not only did his Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning "Beasts of the Southern Wild" land in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, but the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) is bestowing upon him their inaugural Graham Leggat Award at their Film Society awar...

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    'Farewell My Queen' Director Jacquot Takes a Sapphic Turn with Marie Antoinette

    There's a reason why French director Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen" (July 13) was chosen to open the Berlin and San Francisco Film Festivals, as well as making its North American debut at COLCOA this week. The period movie, set in 1789 on the verge of Bastille Day, is a sexy period spectacle t...

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    Armando Iannucci on 'Veep,' Politics and the Inherent Funniness of Being Vice President

    When it comes to satirical targets, Scottish writer, director and comedian Armando Iannucci has been gradually moving his sights up the political food chain. His ongoing BBC comedy "The Thick of It" focuses on the administrative and media mishaps of the fictitious Department of Social Affa...

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    The Traditionalist: Christopher Nolan Prefers Film, One Camera, No 3-D

    Chris Nolan is a traditionalist. The "Batman Begins," "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director has candidly stated his preference for shooting 35 mm film with one camera rather than digital with many. He also recoils from 3-D and unrealistic CGI.

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    'Monsieur Lazhar' Director Falardeau Talks Educational Boundaries, Says 'Death is Absurd'

    Canada's "Monsieur Lazhar," from director Philippe Falardeau (One of five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film; it lost to Iran's "A Separation"), is a quiet portrait of a mysterious new teacher (Mohamed Fellag) and his suffering young pupils, all of whom are coping with tragedy...

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    'Prometheus': Blow by Blow on London's Footage Screening and Q & A with Scott, Theron, Fassbender, Rapace

    This morning in London, Twentieth Century Fox held the world’s first screening of 3-D footage from “Prometheus,” treating an early-morning crowd to three scenes and thirteen minutes followed by a Q&A session with director Ridley Scott (“Please stop calling me Sir Ridley”) and stars Noomi Rapace, Mic...

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    Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

    What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.

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    'We Have a Pope' Director Nanni Moretti Talks Taking On The Vatican and Woody Allen (Video)

    With "We Have a Pope," top Italian writer-actor-director Nanni Moretti takes us behind the scenes of a place that we are forbidden to enter, not unlike "The Queen" or "The King's Speech." He imagines what would happen if a Vatican cardinal finds out that he's elected as the Catholic Church's supreme...

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