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Saving the Best for Later: Alexander Payne on George Clooney and 'The Descendants'

Where has Alexander Payne been? The Stanford graduate and critically adored director of Election, About Schmidt and Sideways used to churn out a movie every “two, two-and-a-half” years, a pace he plans to resume after Friday’s release of The Descendants, his poignantly funny adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ 2007 novel.
 

Clooney, DiCaprio to Grace the Screens of First-Ever Napa Valley Film Festival

The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival opens Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. A must for cinephiles, foodies and wine lovers alike, the five-day "extended weekend" features a premier selection of independent films and hotly anticipated Oscar contenders, as well as conversations with some of the most exciting actors, directors, producers and writers working in movies today.

16th Silent Film Festival Opens Tonight at the Castro with John Ford's 'Upstream'

The 16th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival returns to the Castro Theatre tonight to celebrate some of cinema's earliest pioneers, including Yasujirô Ozu, F.W. Murnau and and John Ford.

Virginia Madsen Spends a Night at the Sundance Kabuki Revisiting 'Sideways'

Virginia Madsen had plenty to celebrate this Thanksgiving. Last month, she was an official honoree of Hollywood’s LA Femme International Film Festival, an annual celebration of films written, directed or produced by women, for her achievements during 27 years in TV and film, and also for her recently formed production company’s maiden offering: I Know a Woman Like That, an acclaimed documentary about the lives of women 64 and older whose youthful vigor remains defiantly undiminished.
 

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