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Here's What to Be Excited About as Sundance Begins

Big names including Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda featured

(Newser) - Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 118 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday, the AP reports. Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzzed-about breakthroughs. The marquee event of opening... More »

Spike Lee Makes History With New Gig

He'll be first black filmmaker to head Cannes jury

(Newser) - Spike Lee will become the first black filmmaker to head the Cannes Film Festival jury this spring. "I'm honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival," which happens to be... More »

Michael Moore Flick Fizzles

Family-friendly 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' grabs first place

(Newser) - Film-festival fare got killed at the weekend box office as The House With a Clock in Its Walls—a family picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black—easily scored top spot with a surprising $26.8 million debut, per the Hollywood Reporter . Filling out the top five domestically were A ... More »

Top Prize at Cannes Goes To...

'La Vie D'Adele' ('Blue is the Warmest Color')

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival prizes have been announced, as selected by Steven Spielberg and his jury of actors and directors. Taking out the top prize, the Palme d’Or, was French film La Vie D'Adele (Blue is the Warmest Color) from Tunisia-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, reports the Hollywood Reporter... More »

YouTube Sending 10 Films to Venice Film Festival

2 US films make the cut

(Newser) - The Venice Film Festival is truly coming into the 21st century: This year's festival will include screenings of 10 short films submitted by YouTube. The films were chosen as part of the site's first Your Film Festival contest, overseen by Ridley Scott, the AP reports. Finalists, which included... More »

Top 20 Films From Sundance

'The Surrogate,' 'Room 237,' 'For a Good Time, Call...' top New York's list

(Newser) - Film critics from New York braved the hobnobby world of Sundance and returned home with a list of their favorites. Many of these films, they note, have already secured distribution and will be coming to a theater near you:
  • The Surrogate. A handicapped writer (John Hawkes) employs a sex surrogate
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Polanski Picks Up Award, 2 Years Late

'Better late than never,' fugitive director tells Zurich film festival

(Newser) - Two years to the day after the Swiss arrested him for child sex offenses committed in the US in 1977 , Roman Polanski picked up his lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival. "What can I say? Better late than never," said the director, who was freed from... More »

Sofia Coppola Wins Big at Venice Film Fest

Her 'Somewhere' takes home Golden Lion prize

(Newser) - Sofia Coppola took home the top prize at the Venice Film Festival for Somewhere, her film starring Stephen Dorff as an actor connecting with his daughter, Elle Fanning. "This film enchanted us from its first screening,” said Quentin Tarantino, who headed the jury. “It has the artistry... More »

14 Films Buzzing at Cannes

Film festival starts today

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival opens today with the premiere of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Despite that high-profile event, the festival lineup offers fewer household names this year, the AP reports. Only one US film is in the running for the top prize: Doug Liman’s Fair Game, based on... More »

Delhi Film Fest Hit By Sex Harassment Charges

Female directors say festival was sham run by sleazy organizer

(Newser) - Delhi's international film festival billed itself as showcasing female talent from around the world but two directors are charging that an organizer used it to grope female talent from around the world. Oscar-winning director Jane Campion has accused Bhaskar Deb, husband of the festival's director, of making "rude and... More »

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