MAN OF STEEL to Screen Early at the Los Angeles Film Festival; MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Added to Lineup

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A couple of additions have been made to the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, and they’re sure to make superhero movie and Pixar fans very, very happy.  Film Independent and LA Film Festival have slated a pre-festival screening of Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Man of Steel to take place on June 12th, two days before the film opens in theaters.  Granted this isn’t exactly a super early screening, but interest in Man of Steel is at a fever pitch so fans aren’t likely to complain about catching the pic in advance.  Only Festival pass holders will be admitted, so head over to the official website to order your tickets.

Additionally, Pixar’s Monsters University has been added to the festival lineup, as has a discussion with innovative filmmaker Spike Jonze  Other films slated to screen at the festival include The Way, Way Back, Only God Forgives, and Fruitvale StationMonsters University will be unveiled on June 18th, three days before it hits theaters.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival runs from June 13th – 23rd.

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup Includes THE WAY, WAY BACK, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, FRUITVALE STATION, and More

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The lineup for the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced.  Fox Searchlight’s The Way, Way Back—which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon—has been selected as the closing night film, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and the Sundance hits Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now will also fill out the festival.  Additionally, the fest will host the US premiere of the sci-fi thriller Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley and there will be community screenings of Badlands, Dazed and Confused and John WatersHairsprayHit the jump for the full press release.

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Featuring World Premieres of MAGIC MIKE and Dreamworks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US

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The line-up for 2012′s Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced and, as expected, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will kick things off.  LAFF 2012 will also feature the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to close out the festivities.  Between those two screenings, the world premiere of Dreamworks Pictures’ People Like Us will also be featured, along with screenings of Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The festival runs from June 14th to the 24th at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for its 18th annual showing.  Hit the jump to see more of what you can expect from the eclectic mix of films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

LAFF 2011: HAUNTERS, SENNA, SAWDUST CITY, ONCE I WAS A CHAMPION Reviews

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The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival has been going on for the past couple of days in Downtown Los Angeles and Collider has been there checking out the latest offerings from the indie world along with some buzzed about films from Sundance and SXSW.  We’ve provided some reviews for Drive and The Devil’s Double already and after the jump you can read my thoughts on some of the films that have played the festival so far like Haunters, Senna, Sawdust City, and Once I Was a Champion.

ATTACK THE BLOCK and THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE Added to Los Angeles Film Festival

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This year’s Los Angeles Film Festival will kick off with Richard Linklater’s Bernie, and two more worthwhile films have been added to the festival.  Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block and Lee Tamahori’s The Devil’s Double will join Chris Weitz’ A Better Life, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, and Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern in the LA Film Fest’s “Galas” section.  I can personally vouch for Attack the Block and I’ve heard that The Devil’s Double is a lot of fun.

Passes to attend the Festival are currently available to the general public, with special rates for Film Independent members.  The links to buy passes for Attack the Block and The Devil’s Double are currently marked “N/A”, which I guess means they’re either sold out or they haven’t been put up for sale yet.  The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival runs from June 16 – 26th.

LAFF Days 4 and 5: OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS, COLD WEATHER, LEBANON, and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN Reviews

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The Los Angeles Film Festival continues in downtown L.A. through out the week and so do the various screenings, interviews, and retrospectives taking place there.  After the jump you can read my thoughts on Of Love and Other Demons, the excellent Cold Weather, Venice Film Festival winner Lebanon, and the latest documentary from Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) Waiting For Superman. My write up after the jump:

A Report from the Edgar Wright Saves the World Event at LAFF With J.J. Abrams

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Last night was an awesome event at the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Billed as “Edgar Wright Saves the World,” the event featured writer/director J.J. Abrams and Edgar Wright on stage together and it was two hours of Abrams asking Wright questions about his career.  You could have called the event “Edgar Wright: This is Your Life” and it would have worked.  Either way, it was very cool to watch two directors that I love talk in front of a packed house.  What made the night even better was Wright world premiered 9 minutes from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and a very cool viral clip for the movie.   While I hate using the words like awesome or cool when describing something…the clip looked awesome and very, very cool!

Of course the two hour discussion was not just about Scott Pilgrim, as Abrams had Wright talking about how he got into making movies, how did he first hook up with Simon Pegg, how tough was it to get Shaun of the Dead made, and so much more.  For a complete recap, hit the jump!

LAFF Day Two: SUCCESSFUL ALCOHOLICS, JUDGE, FAREWELL, and EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE

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Saturday night brought a lot of different kinds of films to the Los Angeles Film Festival.  There was everything from documentaries about elephants, circus’, zeppelins, to dark comedies from the U.K and dramas from China and Romania.   After the jump you can read my thoughts on the comedy short Successful Alcoholics starring Lizzy Caplan and TJ Miller, the dark drama Judge from China, a documentary about a trip around a world in a Zeppelin and the affair that took place on it, and a documentary which tells the story of the wildly inventive and influential band Fishbone.  My write-up after the jump:

Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan to Speak at Los Angeles Film Festival June 17-27

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While most would say the the Los Angeles Film Festival playing host to the World Premiere for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is the coolest thing at the festival, for my money, it’s J.J. Abrams interviewing Edgar Wright.

That awesome combo, in addition to A Conversation With Christopher Nolan, were both just announced as part of the festival’s Conversations program.   Another cool edition is filmmakers Richard Kelly, Eli Roth and Adam Shankman talking about “The Power of the Tweet.”

Hit the jump for dates, ticket prices and more awesome programs from the festival running June 17-27.

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