A scene from The Way, Way Back, which will close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 2013 Lineup
Oscar-winning directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's The Way, Way Back will close out the Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place downtown L.A. at L.A. Live June 13 - 23. The film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell. Gala screenings include the North American Premiere of Nicholas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives (opening at Film Society on July 19) and Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station. LAFF's lineup includes 22 films that will screen in it Narrative and Documentary competitions. Narrative Competition titles include 12 features, with Jark Jacob and Todd Arthur Cottam's Pollywogs, Joe Burke's Four Dogs and Alexander Mirecki's All Together Now among the sections eight world premieres. For a full lineup of films and other LA Film Festival events, visit their website.
Seattle International Film Festival Sets Lineup
Joss Whedon's Shakespearean adaptation Much Ado About Nothing (opening at Film Society on June 7) will open the massive festival which will include 18 world, 38 North American, and 6 U.S. premieres. The lineup includes 447 features and 175 shorts. The North American premiere of Sofia Coppola's Un Certain Regard feature The Bling Ring will close out the festival. Other highlights include Jim Rash's The Way, Way Back, David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints (opening at Film Society on August 16) and Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, Indiewire reports.
Hollywood Star Deanna Durbin Dead at 91
Durbin was the highest-paid star in the U.S. in 1947, but retired from the business the following year aged just 27. She made her film debut in the 1936 MGM short Every Sunday, appearing with Judy Garland. Her first movie for Universal Studios, Three Smart Girls, was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1937. In '46, she was the second highest-paid woman in America, just behind Bette Davis. She retired to a village in France in 1949 after 21 movies. Rarely granting interviews, she sent a letter to reporters in 1958 saying she was "never happy making pictures" and that the "character I was forced into had little or nothing in common with myself - or with other youth of my generation, for that matter." BBC reports.
Alex Gibney to Direct Sinatra Doc
Alex Gibney will make a film about late icon Frank Sinatra. The untitled four-hour mini-series will premiere on HBO and is described as an "up close and personal" look at the entertainer's life and will include previously unseen footage from industry and home movies as well s private and professional performances, Screen Daily reports. Gibney's most recent film, We Steal Secrest: The Story of Wikileaks, opens at Film Society on May 24.
Atoms Star in World's Smallest Movie
Researchers at IBM have created the world's smallest movie by manipulating single atoms on a copper surface. The stop-motion animation uses a few dozen carbon atoms, moved around with the tiny tip of what is called a scanning tunneling microscope. It would take about 1,000 of the frames of the film laid side by side to span a single human hair. The extraordinary feat of atomic precision has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. BBC reports.