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  • UPDATE 1-Offbeat Swedish film takes top prize at Venice film fest

    (Updates with more awards, director, critic comments) By Michael Roddy VENICE, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Swedish director Roy Andersson's offbeat comedy "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 71st...
  • Robert Drew, Documentarian Who Fathered Cinema Verite, Dies at 90

    Robert L. Drew, a documentary filmmaker and the father of American cinéma vérité, died today at his home in Sharon, Connecticut. He was 90. In the early 1960s, Drew and his associates pioneered a kind of filmmaking that's now a staple of the...
  • 'Lord Thing,' 44-year-old doc may have lessons for today

    'Lord Thing,' 44-year-old doc may have lessons for today
    A rediscovered 44-year-old film about the genesis and transformation of one of Chicago's oldest street gangs is becoming a training tool for interventionists working with the city's street organizations today. The 1970 non-fiction film, "Lord Thing,"...
  • James Franco and the Actor He Can't Get Enough Of Talk Stage, Film and How to Play Crazy

    When James Franco directs, he calls Scott Haze. The actor (named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch last year) not only stars in Franco's movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel "Child of God," opening Aug. 1. He also plays the lead in Franco's Off...
  • Venice: Russian Maestro Andrei Konchalovsky on Digital Filmmaking

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Nearly 50 years after directing his debut feature, "The First Teacher," Russian maestro Andrei Konchalovsky returns to the Venice Film Festival competition for the fifth time as director with "The Postman's White Nights." No...
  • Venice Film Review: 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a Venice Film Festival lineup full of cynicism, suicide and despair, who would expect the new Roy Andersson picture -- "the final part of a trilogy on being a human being" -- to be the most life-affirming? And yet, from...
  • Israel, Germany, France Join Ridley Scott's 'Life in a Day' Format (EXCLUSIVE)

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - VENICE - Israel, Germany, and France are joining Ridley Scott's user-generated feature format "Life in a Day," the collective filmmaking project in which people in an individual country upload footage of their lives on a...
  • Ethan Hawke's 'Cymbeline' Gets U.S. Distribution

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the modern-day movie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline," ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film stars Ethan...
  • Richard Lewis looks back at his dark comic turns in 'Bundle of Nerves'

     Richard Lewis looks back at his dark comic turns in 'Bundle of Nerves'
    Funnyman Richard Lewis didn't become a comic because he wanted to be a celebrity or even because he wanted to make people laugh. "I went into this for psychological reasons," said Lewis, who was nicknamed the Prince of Pain for his self-deprecating...
  • Charles Bowden dies at 69; writer chronicled border drug violence

    Charles Bowden, a chronicler of the Southwest who started as a nature writer but became known for his gritty yet lyrical nonfiction narratives of drug violence and hopelessness on the U.S.-Mexico border, has died. He was 69. Bowden, who had been...
  • 'Cymbeline' gets 'Sons of Anarchy' treatment in new movie

    'Cymbeline' gets 'Sons of Anarchy' treatment in new movie
    More than 10 years after modernizing one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, "Hamlet," filmmaker Michael Almereyda and actor Ethan Hawke have turned their revisionist attention to one of the Bard's lesser-known works, the ambiguous historical drama...