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October 30, 2011
Joe Swanberg Spotlight at AFI Fest Nov. 6 "Silver Bullets" 9:45 p.m. Chinese 3 Nov. 7 "Art History" 9:30 p.m., Chinese 3 Nov. 8 "The Zone" (world premiere) 10 p.m., Chinese 3 Nov. 9 (all at Spielberg Theatre, Egyptian) 5 p.m. – "Silver Bullets" (second screening) 7 p.m. – "Art History" (second screening) 9 p.m. – "The Zone" (second screening)
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December 12, 2013 | By Martin Tsai, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
One of the all-time top-grossing films at the South Korean box office, "Friend" played at the AFI Fest in 2001 but never saw a stateside theatrical release. Writer-director Kwak Kyung-taek's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story - set against the Busan underworld - resonated with an entire generation of South Koreans, but much of its appeal eluded audiences abroad who weren't privy to that collective memory. Nevertheless, its sequel, "Friend 2: The Legacy," arrives in a dozen American theaters 12 years later, perhaps as a testament to the thriving ethnic enclaves across the nation.
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October 29, 2013
Five of the brightest up-and-comers in the movie business will come together at AFI Fest next month for the Times' fourth annual Young Hollywood roundtable. Dane DeHaan, 27, Greta Gerwig, 30, Michael B. Jordan, 26, Brie Larson, 24, and Miles Teller, 26, will sit for a conversation with reporter Amy Kaufman on Nov. 8 about their acting careers.  Each has gained notice this year for a head-turning performance. DeHaan has appeared in three films in 2013, most recently playing Allen Ginsberg's love interest Lucien Carr in "Kill Your Darlings.
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November 18, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Nothing unites the people of the Internet quite like hatin' on something together. So the press release Monday afternoon announcing a sequel to the beloved holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was met with the sort of overwhelming derision that really brings people together. Titled "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," the sequel was written by Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions are collaborating on the project and, though no director is currently attached, Monday's announcement declared that the film, with a proposed budget between $25 million and $32 million, was looking to shoot in Louisiana to be ready for the 2015 holiday season.
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October 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian filmmaker behind such sexually charged movies as "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Dreamers," will be the guest artistic director at this year's AFI Fest. In the role, the 72-year-old director-writer will screen four of his favorite films: the musical "42nd Street," the silent film "Sunrise" and the French films "La Regle du Jeu" and "Vivre Sa Vie. " The festival also will screen "Electric Chair," a behind-the-scenes look at how Bertolucci put together his upcoming film "Me and You" -- the first Italian-language film he has made in 30 years.
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November 2, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Director Sacha Gervasi sat at the back of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre last year when "Shame" enjoyed its centerpiece gala screening at the 2011 AFI Fest. He returned to the historic theater Thursday night with his own movie, "Hitchcock," and during a tearful introduction, Gervasi repeatedly acknowledged he could scarcely believe he was there. "We actually just finished the film 20 minutes ago," Gervasi joked while acknowledging the movie's editor, Pamela Martin. "Can we still take notes, Pam?"
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November 1, 2012 | By John Horn
Sacha Gervasi's “Hitchcock,” the opening night film of the AFI Fest on Thursday, wasn't supposed to be showing anywhere this year. Instead, the drama about the making of “Psycho” and the strained marriage between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) originally was set for release next year. But good luck has smiled on “Hitchcock” at many turns, and now the Fox Searchlight film is set to complicate the Academy Awards race. Loosely adapted from Stephen Rebello's book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the film marks Gervasi's debut as a feature film director.
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September 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned French director Agnes Varda, who was named this month as the guest artistic director of the AFI Fest 2013, has selected a program of four eclectic movies to be screened at the festival, which runs Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood.  The 85-year-old Varda, who directed her first feature, "La Pointe Courte," in 1955, has chosen films that have inspired her over the last six decades: Robert Bresson's acclaimed 1959 drama "Pickpocket"; John Cassavetes' 1974...
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September 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Pioneering French film director Agnes Varda will serve as guest artistic director at AFI Fest 2013 , which takes place Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Varda, 85, will present a program of films that have inspired her work during the festival. Details of her program will be announced later in September. Varda is considered to be a key influence on France's New Wave movement that began in the late 1950s with such young filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Varda actually began making her own films before the New Wave officially began.
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October 3, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
New films from Joe Swanberg, Antonio Campos and Brandon Cronenberg will be among the high-profile titles in the AFI Fest's lineups for its Young Americans and New Auteurs sections. The 26th edition of the festival kicks off Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 8. The Young Americans section spotlights up-and-coming U.S. filmmakers in the documentary and fiction realms, while New Auteurs highlights the work of first- and second-time feature filmmakers from around the world. Films in both sections are culled from the festival circuit, coming from places like Sundance, Berlin, South by Southwest, Toronto and Vienna.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Opening on package-tour views of classical Italian architecture set against lilting choral music, "The Great Beauty" abruptly cuts to a screaming Roman disco party swarming with distorted glamour. The disorienting bacchanal is the 65th birthday party for the protagonist, a man named Jep Gambardella, and the camera lands on the louche, implacable landscape of his face. The point of view soon shifts to that of a grand vista, placing the party's swirling throb against the stillness of the city's nighttime skyline.
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November 13, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Do you meet the "Fockers" guy? Or do you like Spike? How about a biopic and a chance to shake hands with the daughter of the film's subject? Or perhaps you'd like to listen to some toe-tapping musical performances from the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis. " Or tune into modern hipster folk singer Jose Gonzalez. Or rewatch "12 Years a Slave" and (gulp) learn about modern human trafficking. Or ... or ... or ... Even in an awards season already overstuffed with brunches and cocktail parties, fetes and meet-and-greets, Wednesday night's calendar seems just plain insane in the membrane , an example of the extreme measures studios are taking this crowded Oscar season to attract academy members and well-connected movie lovers.
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November 13, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is a commanding figure at the age of 73 as his wheelchair rolls into a private dining room at a Beverly Hills hotel. He's wearing a wide-brim hat and aviator sunglasses, but over an espresso, he proves to be far more charming than imposing. The Academy Award-winning director is making his first visit to Los Angeles in more than a decade. He's been using a wheelchair since then following repeated back surgery. For a while he went into a deep depression and became a recluse in his home in Rome.
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November 13, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Nine film students at AFI are getting a chance to learn more about China, develop scripts around Chinese stories and have a full year of tuition paid under a new scholarship program unveiled Wednesday at AFI Fest in Hollywood. Funded by Hugo Shong, chairman of IDG Greater China, the AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship aims to help develop feature-length screenplays that foster greater understanding of Chinese history, literature and culture. The first three recipients of the scholarship visited China for more than a month this summer to research their screenplays.
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November 9, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell unveiled the first six minutes of his latest movie, "American Hustle," during a career tribute at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre on Friday night. And though technical issues with the sound forced the footage to be stopped and restarted, it was clear from watching the opening scenes that the filmmaker is working with the same energetic brio and stylistic command that propelled his last two movies, "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook," to best picture Oscar nominations.
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November 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
"Let's sit inside," Agnès Varda proposed. "We'll have a kick. " Lifting her cane, the mother of French New Wave cinema began shuffling across the floor of the gallery at the Broad Contemporary Museum at LACMA. Her destination, a few paces away, was her art installation "My Shack of Cinema," a one-story walk-in structure with walls and roof made of 35-millimeter film strips from "Lions Love (...and Lies)," Varda's 1969 classic about an easygoing L.A. ménage à trois , the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and the demise of Old Hollywood.
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November 9, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
When Steven Spielberg's animated movie "The Adventures of Tintin" premiered last year at the AFI Fest, the filmmaker sent a taped message to the audience, passing along his regrets at not being able to attend. He was in Virginia at the time, busy making a little movie about our nation's 16th president. Spielberg brought that film to the closing night of this year's AFI Fest, screening "Lincoln" to a capacity crowd that rose to its feet when the 65-year-old director took the stage to introduce it. "What we wanted to do, more than anything else, is see Lincoln," Spielberg told the audience.
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October 31, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Fox Searchlight learned that the filmmakers behind their Alfred Hitchcock biopic would be able to finish the movie by this fall, the studio's executives were thrilled. Not only could "Hitchcock" then enter the awards season derby, but the movie starring Anthony Hopkins as the famed director could also have a splashy premiere at AFI Fest. "The timing was a coincidence, but it couldn't be a more perfect fit for us to have 'Hitchcock' playing the festival's opening night," said Searchlight's Co-President Nancy Utley.
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November 8, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Between red carpets, morning talk shows and post-screening Q&As, an actor can quickly seem ubiquitous during award season. And if you're promoting two movies in the months leading up to the Oscars? Overexposure becomes a legitimate concern. That's the situation Tom Hanks is wrestling with right now as he works the promotional circuit to talk up two high-profile roles. The latest is his turn as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks," which kicked off AFI Fest in Hollywood on Thursday evening.
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October 29, 2013
Five of the brightest up-and-comers in the movie business will come together at AFI Fest next month for the Times' fourth annual Young Hollywood roundtable. Dane DeHaan, 27, Greta Gerwig, 30, Michael B. Jordan, 26, Brie Larson, 24, and Miles Teller, 26, will sit for a conversation with reporter Amy Kaufman on Nov. 8 about their acting careers.  Each has gained notice this year for a head-turning performance. DeHaan has appeared in three films in 2013, most recently playing Allen Ginsberg's love interest Lucien Carr in "Kill Your Darlings.
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