Pedro Almodóvar to Open LAFF; Jane Fonda Tells Critics to “Get a Life” image

Pedro Almodóvar to Open LAFF; Jane Fonda Tells Critics to “Get a Life”

The Spanish Oscar winner will bring his latest delight, I'm So Excited, to the Los Angeles Film Festival. Also: Jane Fonda responds to those who aren't pleased with her playing Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' upcoming The Butler and lineup announcements from the Seattle and Maryland Film Festivals.

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Annette Funicello Dead at 70; “American Promise” Wins Full Frame Jury Prize image

Annette Funicello Dead at 70; “American Promise” Wins Full Frame Jury Prize

Funicello is remembered for her roles in the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and "beach party" films in the 60s. Also: the Full Frame Documentary Festival announces its winners; The Guardian gives its take of films that defined the Thatcher era; the Hamptons Festival will host a summer Screenwriters Lab; and Spanish director Bigas Luna dies at 67.

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“I Give It a Year” & “Between Us” Head to U.S. Theaters image

“I Give It a Year” & “Between Us” Head to U.S. Theaters

Frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer's directorial debut I Give It a Year is headed to U.S. theaters, as is Dan Mirvish's Between Us. Also, Tribeca listed seven titles it will screen online; Korean films are on the upswing; and My French Film Festival selects five winners.

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Scorsese Classic to Close Tribeca; SXSW Winner Heads to Theaters image

Scorsese Classic to Close Tribeca; SXSW Winner Heads to Theaters

In honor of its 30th anniversary, a restoration of Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy will close the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: SXSW winner Short Term 12 picked up, Scorsese to give Kennedy Center address, Sarasota to tribute Frances Ha star Mickey Sumner, and Wes Anderson's latest set for theaters.

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“Our Nixon” Wins in Ann Arbor; Participant to Launch Cable Network image

“Our Nixon” Wins in Ann Arbor; Participant to Launch Cable Network

Penny Lane's documentary on Richard Nixon and his close aides wins a big festival prize just before it's set to close New Directors/New Films. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: MoMA unveils films for its annual German showcase and the Havana Film Festival NY and Buenos Aires Film Festival announce their lineups.

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“Grace of Monaco” and SXSW Doc Favorite Head to Theaters image

“Grace of Monaco” and SXSW Doc Favorite Head to Theaters

The Nicole Kidman-starrer about the late Princess Grace of Monaco will open theatrically Stateside later this year and SXSW documentary "12 O'Clock Boys" finds a theatrical home, plus news about James Cameron and Helen Mirren in today's FilmLinc Digest.

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Academy Sets 2014-15 Dates; Tribeca Unveils Free Events image

Academy Sets 2014-15 Dates; Tribeca Unveils Free Events

Also in Monday's FilmLinc Digest: The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival unveiled its winners, with one U.S. film picking up an Audience Prize; China moved to second place in the world's most lucrative film markets; and Danny Boyle scoffs at the longevity of 3-D.

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SFIFF Names Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films image

SFIFF Names Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films

Scott McGehee and David Siegel's emotional drama What Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard will open the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. The film is part of the festival's "Big Nights" series along with today's announced Centerpiece and Closing Night films.

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Hot Docs Unveils 2013 Lineup image

Hot Docs Unveils 2013 Lineup

One of North America's largest documentary film festivals unveiled its 200-plus title lineup, with the World Premiere of Canadian filmmaker Shawney Cohen's The Manor set to open the event on April 25.

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Predicting Cannes Selections and Big Cash for “Veronica Mars” image

Predicting Cannes Selections and Big Cash for “Veronica Mars”

Cannes has set its Opening Night film and selected its Jury President. Now speculation begins to mount on which films will and won't join the May festival's lineup. Also, dueling Muhammad pics from Iran and Qatar, Zurich fest set to fete Brazil, and Tribeca All Access names 11 projects for its 2013 program.

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