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  • Variety's Scott Foundas Remembers Paul Mazursky: A Poetic Farceur of American Lives

    "Are you happy?" the woman asks her husband midway through Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love" (1973), to which he replies, "I'm just not miserable." It is a flashback to earlier, relatively happier times in the busted-up marriage of the divorce lawyer Blume (George Segal) and his wife, Nina (Susan Anspach). But one can find the same scene or its close equivalent in most of Mazursky's 15 feature films, which time and again centered on small-time American dreamers striving to feel a little less miserable in their lives.
  • Buddy Cianci, twice a convict, wants to be Providence mayor again

    Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., the former mayor of Providence, R.I. who left office in handcuffs in 2002 when he was convicted for racketeering conspiracy, wants his old office back.  Cianci said during his radio show Wednesday that with a sense of...

    L.A.'s Ghetto Film School teaches moviemaking to disadvantaged youths

    L.A.'s Ghetto Film School teaches moviemaking to disadvantaged youths
    When it was Ashley Perez's turn to play director, she got straight to the point. "You," she told her actor. "Look sad." "And you. You're going to look dead. Like really, really dead." So began the 14-year-old's first attempt at the art of...

    Academy invitees: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' beat 'Hustle' again

    Academy invitees: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' beat 'Hustle' again
    Nearly four months after the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" won the top prize at the Oscars and the outer space survival adventure "Gravity" collected an evening-best seven statuettes, the two films once again find themselves at the top of the heap...

    Jason Bateman's 'Longest Week' Gets U.S. Distribution

    Gravitas Ventures has acquired all U.S. rights to the indie comedy "The Longest Week," starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman. It's the feature directing debut of Peter Glanz and is based on his short film "A Relationship in...