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A select list of the biggest stars coming to the MVFF this year


Ben Stiller

Can the goofball from Meet the Fockers, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball and Something About Mary succeed in a serious role? Screening is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Sunday, Oct. 13, 5pm, Rafael Film Center.


Jared Leto

The one all the teenage girls will be at due to Leto's frontman status in the band 30 Seconds to Mars; expect Gen X-ers who loved My So-Called Life shouting out "Jordan!" as well. Screening is Dallas Buyers Club.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 pm, Rafael Film Center.


Dakota Fanning

Beware, attendees of Fanning's spotlight! As Jane Volturi in the Twilight series, she can cause intense pain in others with her mind. Screening is Effie Gray.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm, Rafael Film Center.


Geoffrey Rush

Rush's depiction of David Helfgott in Shine, which screened at the 1996 MVFF, earned a commemorative postage stamp in his homeland of Australia. Screening Thursday, Oct. 3, 7pm, Century Cinema in Corte Madera is The Book Thief; on Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:15pm, Rafael Film Center, Rush appears again for a tribute.


Bruce Dern

We imagine the actor from the 1970s version of The Great Gatsby will have something to say about this year's remake. (As for us, we're asking him about Smile, filmed in Santa Rosa.) SNL alum Will Forte also appears in person. Screening is Nebraska.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:45pm at CinéArts Sequoia in Mill Valley.


Jorja Fox

Forensics nerds unite! Sarah Sidle from CSI—our favorite—stops by to promote a film about animal abuse in Bulgaria. Screening is Lion Ark.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2pm at CinéArts Sequoia in Mill Valley.

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