While Taormina is playing up its new populist appeal through comedies, it is also boasting an educational bent.

In what might be seen as sacrilege by some cinephiles, TV takes the spotlight in several onstage conversations — dubbed Tao Class Chats — about smallscreen stardom in America. Jason Lewis (“Sex and the City,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Lisa Edelstein (“House”) and young hearttrobs Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) and Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”) have been recruited for the chats in Taormina’s Greek Theatre to discuss TV stardom vs. movie stardom, and keeping a character fresh on a long-running skein.

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In an interesting juxtaposition, Taormina will feature recent works by both Lawrence Kasdan, whose baby boomer drama “Darling Companion” will unspool, and his son Jonathan, who will bring his teen comedy “The First Time,” to the fest. Both pics will have their international preems at Taormina. Fest will also serve as the European launch pad for Fox’s “The Three Stooges.”

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Looks like Dylan and “The First Time” costar Britt Robertson will attended the Taormina Film Festival 2012 which takes place June 23rd-28th! More information will be posted as they become released.

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