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    indieWIRE This Week: Oscar and Spirit Coverage Coming to a Close

    THIS WEEK IN NEWS: Ever the traveling enterprise, iW is in Los Angeles this week to cover the upcoming Spirit and Academy Awards. In preparation for the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), iW has posted interviews with directors from this year's fest.

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    Spirit Awards' New Tent: The Stars, the Tunes & What the Heck to Wear?

    Yesterday, in downtown Los Angeles at the Spirit Awards, John Waters was on stage rehearsing his lines, while producers, writers and crew watched. Morgan Spurlock was lead to his position for a run-through, while crew scurried to unload boxes and set up props inside the new main tent. Backstage...

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    Spirits 2010 | Robert Siegel Transitions from Journalist to Director of "Big Fan"

    Former Editor-in-Chief of the news site, The Onion, Robert Siegel has been making quite the splash in Tinseltown over the past few years. He began as a writer, penning the award-winning script for Darren Aronovsky's "The Wrestler," and released his directorial debut "Big Fan" (which he also wrote) l...

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    Spirit Awards 2010: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    indieWIRE conducted a poll of our own writers as well as many of our criticWIRE participants, asking two questions about this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards: Who will win, and who should win? In thirteen categories, our insiders suggested who might take home an award at the ceremony this Frid...

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    Oscar/Spirits Ballot 2010: Sasha Stone

    Sasha Stone, Awards Daily

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    Spirits 2010 | Lynn Shelton: "'Humpday' was designed to be affordable."

    Lynn Shelton made quite the impression in 2009 with her second feature film, "Humpday," the story of two straight guys and life-long friends (filmmaker and actors Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard) who decide to shoot and enter a porn film festival with a project that stars themselves (and only themselv...

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    Ebert: To Honor and Be Honored

    Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert has a lot going on these days. Today, the San Francisco International Film Festival announced that Ebert will be celebrated with the Mel Novikoff Award, which goes to an individual or institution who fosters a love and appreciation of film, at the fest's fifty-third installment. The award ceremony, on Saturday, May 1, will precede a screening of one of Ebert's favorite films of 2009, Erick Zonca's Tilda Swinton-starrer "Julia." As The Wrap's Steve Pond reported yesterday, Ebert and his wife Chaz are, this year, endowing the Film Independent Spirit Award's Truer than Fiction Award, given to an emerg...

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    Spirits 2010 | "Practice"'s Alvarez: "Everyone who worked on the film should feel like they own it"

    Kyle Patrick Alvarez makes his feature debut with "Easier with Practice," the story of a man who becomes embroiled in a phone-sex relationship while on a road trip. The film opens in theaters this week, having previously screened at AFI Fest, Edinburgh, and CineVegas among other festivals. indieWIRE...

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    "Hurt Locker" Leads Award Season Heading Into Oscar Night

    After over three months of dozens and dozens of awards announcements celebrating cinema in 2009, the grand finale approaches with this Sunday's Academy Awards. While much media attention has been given to the "Avatar" vs. "The Hurt Locker" Oscar showdown, when one looks back at the awards that prec...

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    Spirits 2010 | "Paranormal"'s Peli: "The film had to have the look and feel of authentic home video"

    Made for only $15,000, Oren Peli's breakout horror hit "Paranormal Activity" went on to conquer the US box office. Now, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Peli discusses how his out-of-left-field hit came to be.

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