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'Man From Reno' wins top prize at L.A. Film Festival

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Man From Reno, a Kickstarter-backed movie about a Japanese crime novelist investigating a murder mystery in San Francisco, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Its exploration of barriers of age, language and success set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters,” the jury stated, awarding director Dave Boyle the $5,000 prize. The film stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist as well as Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Kazuki Kitamura (The Raid 2).

Stray Dog, Debra Granik’s first film since Winter’s Bone, won the festival prize for Best Documentary Feature. See below for a complete list of winners. READ FULL STORY

Adrian Grenier says 'Goodbye World' with a little help from his friends -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When civilization finally cracks, and the world turns on itself, it might be important to be surrounded by friends.

Maybe.

In Goodbye World, an apocalyptic drama that will have its world premiere on Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Adrian Grenier and Kerry Bishé (Argo) play a wealthy couple whose rural home becomes an oasis for all their old Stanford University pals after a mysterious cyber attack cripples society. For awhile, the emergency reunion seems like a nice opportunity to catch up on old times, but as reality closes in, friendships are tested as old resentments surface. “The beginning of the idea for me actually came from watching the first season of the Walking Dead,” says director and co-writer Denis Hennelly. “There was this moment where it became clear that somebody was bad news and needed to be taken out of the group. So [I latched onto] that idea of, ‘When you know that something is tearing apart a community, how do you deal with it?’”

Grenier’s character, James, retreated into the sticks to raise his family after selling his lucrative Silicon Valley company. “I think he senses just how delicate society is and he’s attempting to create a system of his own that he can rely on and that he’s in control of,” says Grenier. “The little plot of land that he has been cultivating for himself and his family suddenly is called into question because there’s a lot of people who need resources. The question is about ownership and who gets to dictate or own that haven. And these are all questions that come into play when things start to fall apart at the seams.”

But in this exclusive video clip, the old classmates are in full-on Big Chill mode, enjoying some wine and conversation while the world outside goes out with a whimper. READ FULL STORY

'All Together Now': Lou Taylor Pucci rocks out in all-night concert film -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The euphoria of an all-night concert — the crazy hook-ups, the booze and, of course, the killer music — is the kind of larger-than-life, emotionally charged scene that movies are made for.

So it’s no surprise that chasing that feeling led director and co-writer Alexander Mirecki to film All Together Now, which premieres Saturday at the L.A. Film Festival.
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'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

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

Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited!' to screen at Los Angeles Film Festival's opening night

The Los Angeles Film Festival has lined up its opening night film. I’m So Excited!, the latest from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver), will kick off the festival on June 13.

Film Independent, which produces the L.A. Film Festival, announced the opening night selection on Wednesday. The festival will be the North American premiere of I’m So Excited!, following openings across Europe last month. A U.S. release date is set for June 28. READ FULL STORY

'Drought,' 'All is Well' win top awards at L.A. Film Festival

A Portuguese film about two sisters who escape the Angolan civil war and a documentary on Mexican cattle ranchers took home the top jury prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday. Portugal’s All is Well from director Pocas Pascoal won best narrative film and director Everardo Gonzalez won the best documentary prize for Drought. Each filmmaker received a $15,000 award.

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Woody Allen opens L.A. Film Festival with 'To Rome With Love'

Woody Allen is rarely seen on the West Coast, but he was in L.A. Thursday night for the North American premiere of his latest film, To Rome With Love at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Everyone has been saying to us, ‘Is he really gonna show up? Is he really gonna show up?’ for two months now,” Sean McManus, co-president of Film Independent, which produces the festival, told EW.

But show up he did, and to a standing ovation as he took the stage to introduce his 47th directorial feature.

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'It's a Disaster' clip: Julia Stiles on her quirky apocalypse comedy with David Cross, America Ferrera -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

We’ve all seen movies following everyday characters dealing with the world coming to a cataclysmic end. But what about a disaster film in which the characters are more focused on their awkward relationship issues than the annihilation of civilization as we know it? That’s the comic premise of It’s a Disaster, an ensemble indie comedy starring Julia Stiles, David Cross, and America Ferrera and premiering next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film opens at the regular Sunday brunch held by three Los Angelino hipster couples, and their perpetual singleton friend Tracy (Julia Stiles), who brings her latest date Glenn (David Cross). “[Her friends] accuse her of sabotaging her relationships, and she insists that it’s the guys who are crazy,” Stiles tells EW. “Then just when she comes around to really fancying the guy that she’s brought [to the brunch], he reveals himself to be somewhat crazy.” Then the world begins to end, but Tracy doesn’t really care. “She has the most delayed reaction,” says Stiles with a laugh. “Her coping mechanism is that she’s more focused on the date that she brought and having her friends admit that she’s right versus the reality of the world ending.”

EW has an exclusive clip from the film, in which the hosts’ neighbor — played by writer-director Todd Berger (The Scensters) — shows up in a Hazmat suit, but has an unexpected set of priorities. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

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