If 2011 was the year that South by Southwest Interactive grew up, 2012 may be when it decides it wants to don a suit and enter the corporate world -- or run off and join the Peace Corps.
On the day film lovers around the globe tuned in to find out this year's Oscar contenders, the world of cinema mourned the loss of one of its most respected figures.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is massive. Hundreds of members of the global film industry descend on Canada's "Queen City" each September to partake in the city's premiere cultural event. This year, more than 330 shorts and features from 65 countries were screened, and directors, actors and crew members from many of them were in town to promote their films.
A slew of stars - including Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling - are heading to Canada
George Clooney's summer romance is heading into fall.
"The Tree of Life," an American film helmed by director Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, took home the top prize Sunday at the Cannes film festival.
The Tree of Life star explains how his upbringing influenced his stern new movie role
The stars are set to flock to the south of France as the film festival opens Wednesday
The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off in high gear Wednesday along a sun-drenched French Riviera.
Elton John's fingers froze up midway through an outdoor performance following a screening of "The Union" last evening, the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. "Please excuse any wrong notes," he said to the crowd. "My hands are like ice!"
Their films are ones to watch - some as Oscar contenders, some for shock value
The Ugly Betty star will wed her longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams
As the 2010 World Cup kicks off in South Africa, The Screening Room takes a closer look at representations of "the beautiful game" in cinema.
A clip from the documentary about the Italian PM's handling of the L'Aquila earthquake that's making waves at Cannes.
Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who has been imprisoned since March 1, was released from prison Tuesday.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the release of an Iranian filmmaker who's been jailed for nearly three months.
This month let The Screening Room be your guide to the Cannes Film Festival. Presenter Myleene Klass goes beyond the glamour and the glitz at the most important festival on the movie calendar. We rub shoulders with the creators of the next billion dollar blockbusters, arthouse auteurs and low budget bloggers. Directors such as Ridley Scott and Woody Allen will strut up the red-carpeted steps of the Palais. Oliver Stone talks global financial meltdown as his follow up to the 80s classic "Wall Street" premieres in Cannes. And Mick Jagger brings rock 'n' roll swagger to the Croisette. From Algeria to Russia, China to Iran, 18 films will battle for the top prize. The Screening Room will tell you who takes home the coveted Palme d'Or.
The actor, who's debuting Robin Hood at the film festival, suffered a soggy fashion faux pas years ago
Showbiz Tonight's Brooke Anderson tours the 63rd Cannes Film Festival as everyone awaits this year's biggest stars.
It's that time of year again: The annual Cannes film festival is poised to kick off more than a week of glamour, prestige, and of course, some of the best in international cinema.
The Screening Room travels to Cartagena in Colombia where Latin America's longest-running film festival turns 50.
Charlie Chaplin shorts to Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns this month The Screening Room focuses on film restoration.
Mohamed Al-Daradji has cut something of a lonely figure in Iraqi cinema over the past seven years.
Nigeria's Port Harcourt International Airport is buzzing with unusual activity. And perhaps for the first time it's not the departure hall that is attracting all of the attention.
The Screening Room Xtra visits Thessaloniki for the 50th anniversary of one of the world's oldest film festivals.
If Cannes Film Festival raises the curtain on the spectacle that is the movie awards season, then the fall festival circuit is the critical first act.
The Cannes Film Festival possesses a unique continental glamour of its own that has attracted the great and the good of film for decades. The sun-drenched beach setting is a perfect opportunity for stars to exhibit their style, be it on the sand or on the red carpet.
CNN's Ted Rowlands showcases at the latest highlights from the Sundance Film Festival.
Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actress prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the South Korean film "Secret Sunshine." Celebrated in her native South Korea for her roles in melodramatic soap operas and independent films, Jeon is the first Asian to win this prestigious prize. South Korea's most famous actress joins Talk Asia to discuss her rise into renown and takes a stroll around the cultural neighborhood of Daehango in Seoul with host Anjali Rao.
As Hollywood stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz grace the red carpet at the 52nd London Film Festival, the UK's capital city shows it has become a thriving, creative hub for filmmaking.
Venice and Toronto Film Festivals
A mere film festival cannot compete with the Academy Awards' grip on the public imagination, but the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (which begins Thursday) comes pretty close -- in part because it has become the first important bellwether for the onslaught of Oscar hopefuls.
The Screening Room Extra follows the unique Oscar winning Actress, Tilda Swinton across a very busy six months.
Robert Redford did it, so has Robert De Niro; now the latest actor to start a film festival is Tilda Swinton.
The star's short film, Eve, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September
The Toronto Film Festival has been the launching pad for many an Academy Award-winning movie. "Ray," the gripping tale of legendary singer Ray Charles' rise to fame and his battle with drug addiction, was unveiled at the festival several years ago. So was "Crash," the gritty saga of racial and social strife in Los Angeles.
Here are a selection of clips from some of the latest movies to come out of Australia -- a country set to become a global over-achiever in the movie-making field.
"Yes, I misspoke. I could not be more regretful," she says in a statement
The backlash in China against Sharon Stone continued as the Shanghai International Film Festival said the American actress was not welcome at this year's event
ITN's Nicholas Glass previews the mix offerings at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The first Le Festival de Cannes opened September 1, 1939, an attempt to extend the tourist season and bring a little film flash to the little French Riviera town.
The world's oldest film festival celebrates its 75th anniversary
Marketplace Middle East takes a look at why the Middle East is becoming an attractive location for Hollywood film productions.
The Venice Film Festival opens its 75th anniversary edition Wednesday with an all-world premiere competition for the coveted Golden Lion, a cascade of stars including George Clooney and Keira Knightley, and its share of international controversy.
A happy, healthy birthday to Roger Ebert, America's movie critic
Wait until you see what is about to happen to you," says Harvey Weinstein, sitting in the back seat of a midnight-blue Peugeot, car No. 3 in a nine-vehicle motorcade. The procession is inching down La Croisette, the seaside boulevard that meanders through Cannes on the French Riviera. Tonight it is lined on both sides with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities en route to the premiere of Michael Moore's "Sicko."
A searing abortion drama from Romania takes the festival's top prize, while the Americans are largely ignored
It's almost impossible, but here's a look at two of the Festival favorites
Start with the romance and allure of the French Riviera, the warm weather of an evening in late May infused with the smell of blooming jasmine, add a lineup of air-kissing international movie stars, directors, and film-makers, and voila! The 60th Cannes Film Festival gets under way.
We've come to the south of France to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cannes -- the most famous film festival of them all.
As Master P sits on the edge of a velvet couch taking in the scene at a Los Angeles club he is doing his best to set a good example for his 17-year-old son Romeo by sticking to water.
Angelina Jolie has filed legal papers to change the name of her newly adopted son to Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt.
In just five years Tribeca has joined the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin as one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
When the bomb finally goes off, 20 minutes into Blues By The Beach, there is no burst of light, no loud explosion, no screaming. There is just an eerie silence, followed by a frenzy of lights, sire...
Penelope Spheeris put herself on the map as an independent filmmaker in 1980 with "The Decline of Western Civilization" about the punk music scene. More than a decade later, she was given an opportunity most of her peers only dream of -- directing Mike Myers in "Wayne's World," her first studio film.
A mixture of fiction, fact and faith, "The Da Vinci Code" has made its worldwide film debut, opening the Cannes Film Festival -- but while the book was a mega-selling hit, the critics largely panned the cinematic version.
The stars of movie blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" have arrived at the Cannes Film Festival on board a train that broke the world record for the longest nonstop international rail trip.
Actor Pierce Brosnan and director Terry Gilliam will be among other high-profile judges at this year's TCM Classic Shorts film competition.
Barry and Robin Gibb, two-thirds of the Bee Gees, reunited on stage for a Miami charity concert, their first performance since the death of brother Maurice three years ago.
"Jane Lloyd," a four-minute film that tells its story without the use of dialogue, won top honors Wednesday at the TCM Classic Shorts competition.
The international film community -- with all its glam and glitter -- will share the spotlight next week with up-and-coming talent at the 49th annual London Film Festival.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger weren't drawn to "Brokeback Mountain," the story of two cowboys involved in a homosexual relationship, by the movie's risky subject matter or the controversy it may raise.
Saul Williams isn't out to save hip-hop, but he is out to elevate the art form. The actor, activist and leader of the self-described "industrial punk-hop" movement, is effectively breaking boundaries while blurring the lines between poetry and rap.
"Shrek," the tale of a lovable green ogre, was one of the biggest movies of the last several years. And its sequel was equally successful.
As more than 100 animal-rights activists converged on the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday to protest a documentary about the torture and murder of a cat, the man who sparked their outrage not only showed up at the rally, but was arrested.
A newcomer's directorial debut, "Garden State," walked away with the award for best feature film at the fifth annual Maui Film Festival, which wrapped up this week after a record-setting turnout.
Some movies win Academy Awards. Others win film festival prizes. But this week, a movie has won the most coveted prize of all -- the political Play of the Week.
Michael Moore couldn't have asked for a better buildup to "Fahrenheit 9/11," the anti-Bush flick expected to break box office records for a documentary, if he had tried. That's assuming, of course, he isn't trying.
Before you talk to Barry Rivers, creator of one of the world's most serene and successful young film festivals on picturesque Maui, you may expect a subdued "aloha," demure descriptions of the event, and other soothing tones.
Juliette Lewis has movie stardom and a burgeoning career as a rock musician, but what she really wants is to find out what happened to her little dog, Chowie.
Despite Michael Eisner's pollyannaish take this week, the chances of The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios finding their way back to the bargaining table are slim at best.
The 57th annual Cannes Film Festival has opened with strife, star power and a 12-day lineup of the usual mix of glitz, glamour and controversy.
Pope John Paul II met Monday with Jim Caviezel, star of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," the Vatican said.
When the nominees for Best Director are read aloud at this month's Academy Awards, a quartet of male names will be interrupted by a lone female name: Sofia Coppola, for "Lost in Translation."
Love him or hate him, Harvey Weinstein is bigger than life.
The new film "The Butterfly Effect" premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It got the same reaction there that it did at a private screening in Los Angeles two weeks ago -- laughter in all the wrong places.
Every year, thousands of filmmakers, journalists, public relations people, and marketing directors from every major film company in the world descend on the tiny resort town of Park City, Utah.
Spotlights pan the sky, and the line of smartly dressed patrons weaves outside a glittering movie theatre. Six new BMW 745LIs slowly come to a stop as celebrities, executives, and other VIPs spill ...
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