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Banksy graffiti gets vandalized in Sundance town

Two Utah paintings by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy were the targets of vandalism on New Year’s Eve, possibly ruining one of the works in the town that hosts the Sundance Film Festival.

Brown spray paint Thursday covered a Park City mural that depicted a young boy with a pink halo and angel wings kneeling to pray behind a can of pink paint. The clear protective covering over the image had been shattered. READ FULL STORY

This one goes out to all the ladies: Forever Fest celebrates chick flicks, Channing Tatum's abs

Forever Fest, a new film festival in Austin, Texas, that runs Nov. 1-3, aims to flip the genre’s usual dude-heavy script and honor all things girly. Picture a giant slumber party of a weekend stuffed with chick flicks, mimosa brunches, a clip show of film’s best chiseled abs and biceps, and photo booths where you can get your picture taken with Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling cutouts. Lots of glitter, though not necessarily the movie Glitter. The co-founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons have standards when it comes to their girly programming. They gave the stultifying ensemble mash-up Valentine’s Day as an example of a romantic comedy they’d never inflict on Forever Fest audiences.

Fons, 41, who handles publicity for Alamo Drafthouse, was obsessed with the movie Pitch Perfect when the idea for Forever Fest was first born. “In Austin there’s a gaming festival, there’s a television festival, there’s a beer and food fest,” she said, “but there’s not a festival celebrating films over a weekend like the Pitch Perfects of the world.” Pitre, 34, who works as a lead programmer for Alamo Drafthouse and runs the website Forever Young Adult, says they approached their inaugural fest as a chance to reclaim the term chick flick. “We define chick flick as any film that celebrates the female experience and by that definition that makes chick flicks a vital, important genre,” says Pitre. “For us we really want to lift up that term and provide a place for people to come and celebrate chick flicks without any sense of shame.” They named their baby Forever Fest because, as Pitre says, “forever is such a word that you use as a teenager. Like, best friends forever, I’ll love you forever. But it also brings to mind these movies that we’ve seen a hundred times but we’re going to love forever.”
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Italian documentary takes top prize in Venice

Sacro GRA, a documentary about the people who live and work around Rome’s ring road, took home the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival Saturday.

Sacro GRA, directed by Gianfranco Rossi, is the first documentary to ever win the prize, and is the first Italian film to be recognized at the highest level since 1998 when Gianni Amelio’s The Way We Laughed won. Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival has historically excluded non-fiction films from the competition. This was the first year they were eligible for consideration.

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang’s family drama Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize, and Alexandros Avranas took Best Director for his domestic abuse film Miss Violence. Among the other winners were Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) for his performance in David Gordon Green’s Joe, and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, who took away Best Screenplay for Philomena.

Check out the full list of winners below.

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'Middleton' stars Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia in a tale of self-discovery and college tour hooky

How much do you really get to know a college from an official tour? The pervading opinion is not a lot. But in new film Middleton, a campus visit leads two starkly different parents to get to know themselves – and each other – as they wander off from the tour group.

Shot in eastern Washington at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, Middleton had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on Friday night. The film, which takes place all in one day at the titular fictional school, stars Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as the parents who meet on the college tour. Garcia’s George is a prim and proper surgeon and a father of a teenage son who’s not at all interested in Middleton. Farmiga’s Edith, mother of studious and driven Audrey, is irreverent and free-spirited, though chained down by an unfulfilling job and a stagnant relationship with her husband. The two go from butting heads at a strained first meeting to hitting it off as they run wild around campus and share their fears about facing life alone with their spouses when their kids have left for college. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' kicks off Seattle Film Fest with great fanfare

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing has been on the festival circuit since September, but no other festival has made ado about the film quite like the Seattle International Film Festival, where Much Ado screened for a crowd of 3,000 on Thursday.

The Shakespeare adaptation – which Whedon shot in a 12-day stealth production at his house during what was supposed to be his post-Avengers vacation – kicked off the festival for its opening night at Seattle’s McCaw Hall in what became a record-breaking event shortly after ticket sales opened. The gala screening and party sold out in six hours on April 8, which went on to become the biggest box office day in SIFF’s 39-year history.

“We knew there was going to be a lot of demand but we didn’t really think it was going to go that fast,” SIFF artistic director Carl Spence told EW about the event that featured appearances by Whedon and cast members. “We’ve had other films with major stars that have done well and sell out, but it usually takes a couple of weeks.” READ FULL STORY

'The Way, Way Back' to close Los Angeles Film Festival; Full lineup announced

The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its full lineup, including Sundance favorites The Way, Way Back, which will close the festival on June 23, and Fruitvale Station.

The Way, Way Back follows awkward teenager Duncan (Liam James) through a summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell). Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community) co-wrote, co-directed, and appear in the film. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival awards honor many foreign films, few big names; see the full list of winners

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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Among the films juries selected for top prizes?  Australian film The Rocket, Dutch-Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and American documentary The Kill Team.

The awards were announced as the festival heads into its second and last weekend. Films will screen through Sunday, and the winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday. READ FULL STORY

Cannes: Directors Fortnight lineup announced

The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).

Avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) will return to the Festival with a film about his life, and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will show her short Swimmer. Jodorowsky is also the subject of a documentary in the lineup, about his aborted version of the film Dune, which would go on to be directed by David Lynch.

Running from May 16 to May 26, the Directors Fortnight is now in its 45th year. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, who continues to manage the selections to this day. A handful of films presented in this category are even eligible to compete for the Camera d’Or prize, denoted on the list with an asterisk. Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) hybrid live action and animated feature The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress and starring Robin Wright and Jon Hamm, will open the sidebar.

Check out the full selection below.

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David O. Russell to be honored at Los Angeles Film Festival

The rave reviews and positive audience reception of Silver Linings Playbook have earned director David O. Russell some special honors at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. He will be the festival’s Guest Director and will also receive the event’s Spirit of Independence Award.

In Russell’s role as Guest Director, he will host a screening of his 1999 film Three Kings, starring George Clooney. He will also attend the 12th annual Filmmaker Retreat at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in northern California, a gathering for filmmakers who have movies in the L.A. festival. READ FULL STORY

'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou to host Cannes opening and closing ceremonies

French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 66th Festival de Cannes. Even though it is a largely ceremonial position that doesn’t hold any sway over what film will go home with the coveted Palme d’Or, Tautou is sure to be as Amélie-adorable as ever when she welcomes the awards jury, led by jury president Steven Spielberg, to the stage on May 15 at the famed Grand Théâtre Lumière.

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