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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

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It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen,
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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

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Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs
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Miami fest director Jaie Laplante on finding the right festival rhythm

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Miami fest director Jaie Laplante on finding the right festival rhythm
Miami - Being the director of any film festival requires a dauntingly broad skill set: the best in the business are at once discerning cinephiles, persuasive businesspeople, savvy media monitors and charismatic public figures. Their own expert appreciation of the artform can't interfere with their intuitive popular touch; they must interact with industry, journalists and paying audiences with equal care and cordiality, usually at the same time. A film festival lasts less than a fortnight; building and running it is a year-round job. Canadian-born Jaie Laplante, director of the Miami International Film Festival since 2011, ticks all these boxes, fully aware of the role that sheer force of personality can play in building a smaller festival's brand. Over the nine-day event, you'd be forgiven for wondering if he's had some success in the field of human cloning: present at a daily panoply of screenings, Q&As, parties and junkets – seemingly with a fresh,
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6 Filmmaking Tips From Sarah Polley

Even if you don’t buy into the game and you prefer not to live in a world in which the term “Oscar snub” is used with a straight face, sometimes a lack of recognition for worthy nominees can still sting a little. Such was the case with the conspicuous absence of Sarah Polley’s name when the Best Documentary Feature nominees were announced two weeks ago. After two strong narrative explorations of romantic relationships in the bitter winter of old age and the summer splendor of late youth (Away From Her and Take This Waltz, respectively), Polley redirected her interest in the world of human coupling by turning the camera on herself – or, more accurately, her family, or, even more accurately, who she thinks may be her family, or… Well, just see it if you haven’t already, because Stories We Tell is one of the more passionate, involving, and
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Detroit Film Critics Announce Nominations

The Detroit Film Critics have revealed their nominations for their annual film awards. Besides the usual suspects -- "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" -- it is interesting to note that the Detroit Film Critics also chose to honor Juan Antonio Bayona's heartfelt "The Impossible" and Josh Whedon's "The Cabin in the Woods" for Best Screenplay.

Here's the full list of nominations:

Best Picture

.Argo.

.The Impossible.

.Silver Linings Playbook.

.Take This Waltz.

.Zero Dark Thirty.

Best Director

Ben Affleck, .Argo.

J.A. Bayona, .The Impossible.

David O. Russell, .Silver Linings Playbook.

Sarah Polley, .Take This Waltz.

Kathryn Bigelow, .Zero Dark Thirty.

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, .Silver Linings Playbook.

Daniel Day-Lewis, .Lincoln.

John Hawkes, .The Sessions.

Bill Murray, .Hyde Park on Hudson.

Joaquin Phoenix, .The Master.

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, .Zero Dark Thirty.

Greta Gerwig, .Damsels in Distress.

Jennifer Lawrence, .Silver Linings Playbook.

Naomi Watts, .The Impossible.

Michelle Williams,
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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SoapNet announces three new series

SoapNet announces three new series
SoapNet on Monday announced three new series, including a relationship-themed reality show featuring Greg Behrendt and a scripted drama about a thirtysomething woman trying to figure out her life.

"Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call," from Avalon Television, will feature Behrendt -- who has consulted for "Sex and the City," co-wrote the book "He's Just Not That Into You" and hosted his own daytime talk show -- addressing one couple's major issues each week and using practical and funny relationship expertise to give them the tools to fix their problems. The series will air at 11 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 8, kicking off SoapNet's six-week programming event "Sugar-Free Valentines."

Another new series, "Being Erica," follows the life of 32-year-old Erica Strange (newcomer Erin Karpluk), a highly educated but underachieving single woman who can't understand why her life is heading nowhere. She gets help from a mysterious man named Dr. Tom (Michael Riley
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