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Venice: Bogdanovich Unveils Screwball Comedy ‘She’s Funny That Way’, Riffs On ‘Lost Hollywood’

Venice: Bogdanovich Unveils Screwball Comedy ‘She’s Funny That Way’, Riffs On ‘Lost Hollywood’
Thirty-two years after They All Laughed opened the Venice Film Fesitval, Peter Bogdanovich is back on the Lido with screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way. He spoke to the press this afternoon about the star-studded project coming together and noted that today, the kinds of smaller films he likes can only be made independently. “I don’t want to bite the hand that doesn’t feed me,” he said to much laughter, “but unfortunately, Hollywood has gone in the wrong direction.”

The out of competition She’s Funny That Way itself got a lot of laughs when it screened this morning. It stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans, and Will Forte — along with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon star Tatum O’Neal, as well as a longer turn by a very famous director. The
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Ron Howard to Direct The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair for Warner Bros.

It might not be a household name here in the States just yet, but The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, from Swiss novelist Joël Dicker, is currently sweeping Europe. Warner Bros. decided to keep ahead of the trend, and has acquired the film fights, with Ron Howard attached to direct; Howard will also produce along with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment. Deals for producers Eugenie Grandval and Claire Lundberg are also in the works. The book's story follows a young, hotshot novelist who finds himself in the midst of scandal as his American literary mentor is implicated in the disappearance and murder of a 15-year-old girl. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reported that WB has closed a deal for the film rights for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair with Howard directing. Howard is currently in post-production on another adaptation, Heart of the Sea, taken from Nathaniel Philbrick's novel,
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Cory Monteith: how will Glee producers deal with his death?

From Livia in The Sopranos to Leo in The West Wing, TV shows have found respectful ways of coping with a key actor's departure

When, in 1980, Jr Ewing was shot, the writers and producers of blockbusting soap Dallas knew he would survive, His return – and the identity of his assassin – would furnish the most-watched single episode of television in Us history at that time. Thirty-three years later, the Machiavellian oilman was shot again, in the second season of TNT's successful revival of Dallas, but this time it was fatal. The writers had no choice: Larry Hagman, the 81-year-old actor who played him, had succumbed to myeloid leukemia in November 2012. His character's demise was ingeniously staged using existing footage.

Although a popular character's death is the ultimate dramatic trump card for a long-running series, there's nothing more ghoulish than having your hand forced by circumstance. And when the grim reaper turns up mid-production,
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Boardwalk Empire, Castle, Community, True Blood and More!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Boardwalk Empire, Castle, Community, True Blood and More!
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hello? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: ABC has bummed me out with cancelling Last Resort. Any scoop on Once Upon a Time‘s Neal to distract me? —Patti

Ausiello: Help me solve this latest fairy tale riddle: The show is casting the role of Katerina, a regal beauty in her 40s who possesses elegance, poise and purity of spirit. Thoughts? Theories? Bueller? No? Let’s see what TVLine’s resident Ouat expert Mitovich has dug up: “There is
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Philadelphia Gears Up To Host Jay-z's Two Day Festival

Philadelphia Gears Up To Host Jay-z's Two Day Festival
Philadelphia — The city where America was made is gearing up for rapper Jay-z's "Made In America" music festival, which officials estimate will attract 100,000 fans to Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.

Construction of stages and tents began this week at the somewhat unusual venue, a tree-lined boulevard in the heart of downtown. It's the first show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to require paid admission. Rock stalwarts Pearl Jam are co-headliners of the two-day event.

Officials said there should be no problem handling the crowd considering the city's long tradition of staging much larger concerts at the same location.

"Every year, we have detailed plans for public safety, street access, trash removal and we successfully accommodate 400,000 to 500,000 visitors on the 4th of July," Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement.

For those who can't make the festival on either Sept. 1 or 2, don't worry – filmmaker Ron Howard will be directing a movie about the show.
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Review: Apocalypse Now

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Apocalypse Now

When a worried Francis Ford Coppola walked out of a rapturous reception of Apocalypse Now at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, his fears turned to confidence, and the press conference he gave summarized both the film’s troubled production and the hallucinatory, exhilarating and terrifying effect of the final product with a single sentence that no critic has ever topped.

“My film isn’t about Vietnam, it is Vietnam.”

Thirty years on, Apocalypse Now continues to stand as the ultimate cinematic statement on the Vietnam War, a position largely unchallenged even in the face of such classics as Platoon and Full Metal Jacket.

Coppola’s line is true, but not in a literal means. Of the various Vietnam films, Apocalypse Now possibly has the least ties to the reality of the war. Christ, it has the least ties to reality, period. But it is Vietnam, capturing the madness, pointlessness,
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2010 Oakland Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

The 2nd annual Oakland Underground Film Festival, which will run Sept. 23-25, has a definite theme this year. And that theme is funk! The all-documentary festival features profiles of music professors, avant-garde musicians, funky music histories, female Bolivian wrestlers and the history of sleazy cinema.

The hit underground documentary American Grindhouse by Elijah Drenner will be making yet another stop in Oakland. A chronicle of exploitation cinema from the ’20s to the ’70s, the film has interviews with filmmakers such as John Landis, Joe Dante and Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Other documentaries in the lineup are Mark Landsman’s Thunder Soul, about an inspirational music teacher; Stascha Bader’s Jamaican music history Rocksteady: Roots of Reggae; plus, a profile of female Bolivian wrestler Carmen Rose the Champion, Mamachas Del Ring directed by Betty M. Park.

The full film lineup is below. Plus, there will be dance contests, parties and more. For
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2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award Winners

Before screening the Closing Night film ("Despicable Me"), Film Independent has announced its 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival audience award winners. According to HollywoodNews.com:

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival screened over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries. This year, the Festival received more than 4,700 submissions from filmmakers around the world. The final selections represent 28 World, North American, and U.S. premieres, which more than doubled from 2009. The number of films competing in the narrative and documentary competition categories also increased this year from 13 to 18, of which half are World premieres.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival audience awards:

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

Winner: Four Lions directed by Christopher Morris

Writers: Christopher Morris, Jesse Armstrong, and Sam Bain

Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, and Adeel Akhtar

Film Description: (England) Never
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Audience Award Winners of 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Announced

hollywoodnews.com: Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival audience award winners before the Closing Night film, “Despicable Me.” The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, with its central hub at L.A. Live, began Thursday, June 17 and ended today.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to “Four Lions” directed by Christopher Morris and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to “Thunder Soul,” directed by Mark Landsman. Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith’s “Presumed Guilty won the Audience Award for Best International Feature.

The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No, directed by James Blagden. The video for Ok Go’s This Too Shall Pass, directed by James Frost, Ok Go, and Syyn Labs won the Audience Award for Best Music Video.
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