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FilmFest D.C.

The Washington D.C. International Film Festival kicks off this week with a smorgasbord of more than 80 films from around the world, playing at theaters across the city.

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Starting At The Beginning: The Promise Of Prequels

The box office hit Oz The Great and Powerful, is set 20 years before the The Wizard of Oz. The film's success shows that, no matter how old the story, viewers have an appetite for prequels. TOTN's favorite film buff Murray Horwitz explains what sets these films apart.
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Jada Pinkett Smith: Respect For Angela Davis' Turmoil ... And Hair

There's more to Angela Davis than her signature afro. A new documentary, Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, explores the events that turned the philosophy professor into a political icon in the 1960s. Jada Pinkett Smith tells host Michel Martin why she became executive producer of the film.
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Award-Winning Novelist And Screenwriter, Dies

Her scripts gave the sprawling Merchant-Ivory films substance. She won her first screenwriting Oscar for A Room With a View and her second for Howard's End. She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for her novel Heat and Dust. The cause of death was complications of a pulmonary condition. Jhabvala was 85.
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Cristian Mungiu: Metaphor Or Not, 'Hills' Has Eyes For Romania's Past

Already the poster child for his country's so-called New Wave of filmmakers, the director takes another realistic dive into the post-Communist Eastern Bloc with Beyond the Hills. Though he hesitates to call it a straight metaphor, the symbolism of the film is uncanny.
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The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Saoirse Ronan could watch Amy Heckerling's teen comedy Clueless a million times. "There are so many great moments and I literally love every single moment from start to finish of that film," she says.
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Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

McAvoy plays a sketchy art auctioneer in Danny Boyle's new heist thriller, Trance. He almost didn't take the part because he didn't want to play the role of a victim. Then he took a closer look and found something that made him "hungry."

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