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'Grandma' to open Los Angeles Film Festival; Lily Tomlin to be honored
'Grandma' to open Los Angeles Film Festival; Lily Tomlin to be honored

"Grandma," writer-director Paul Weitz's dramedy about an ornery septuagenarian poet who helps her teenage granddaughter try to rustle up money for an abortion, will open the Los Angeles Film Festival, organizer Film Independent announced Tuesday. The 21st annual fest, which is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, runs June 10-18. Starring Lily Tomlin as the title character, "Grandma" marks the veteran actress and comedian's first leading role since 1988. Tomlin has also been named the recipient of the festival's Spirit of Independence Award, an honor given to those who advance the cause of independent film and champion creative freedom. "Lily...

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