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Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces

Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces
The Sundance Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself, and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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Weekend Wrap: Hurt Locker Gains Ground at WGA, BAFTAs

Weekend Wrap: Hurt Locker Gains Ground at WGA, BAFTAs
This weekend's key awards events--the Writers Guild (WGA) and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) awards--did much to advance the inevitable march toward multiple Oscar wins for The Hurt Locker, which won original screenplay at both shows, and a total of six BAFTAs, including cinematography (Barry Ackroyd is a Brit), editing, sound, director and best picture. When the DGA, WGA and Editors Guild all give awards to the same film, reports Awards Daily, it wins best picture 100% of time. This time in her acceptance speech, Bigelow, the first woman to win a BAFTA for directing, made a call for "finding a resolution for peace."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2010 11:41 AM
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60th Berlinale – Day Seven: L’arbre et le foret, Monga, Shahada, The Kids Are All Right

One week in, Berlin correspondent Meredith Brody shows no signs of flagging in her quest to ingest the perfect mix of festival movies.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 21, 2010 6:45 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Eight: Na Putu, Jud Suss--Rise and Fall, Covered, Kings of Pastry, Alice Waters

As the 60th Berlin Film Festival wound down, Meredith Brody continued to track the films--and the food, including a feast for chef Alice Waters. (Here's indieWIRE's Berlin closing night report: Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu’s Bal (Honey), a Turkish-German production, won the Golden Bear, while Roman Polanski was named best director for The Ghost Writer.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 21, 2010 6:42 AM
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Twitter Friday: Finke vs. Breznican, CHUD vs. Playlist, Power Couple at the Savoy

On Friday afternoons folks start to relax and hang on Twitter. This afternoon was particularly rich with delights. First, Deadline.com editrix Nikki Finke tweeted to refute USA Today staffer Anthony Breznican's assertion that a publicist pitched him to have Finke appear on his radio show, even though he doesn't have one. (I have heard Finke, who doesn't go out much, do radio interviews.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2010 1:17 AM
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SXSW Adds Closer Four Lions, Jonze Short, Doors and Star Wars Docs

The SXSW Film Festival has declared its closing night film for March 20: Chris Morris’s Sundance satire Four Lions, the story of British jihadists and their "abstract dreams of glory."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2010 11:19 AM
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More: Festivals, SXSW

Oscar Talk 22: Dueling Oscar Producers, Weinstein's Inglourious Basterds Push, Bullock Talks

Kris Tapley and I dig into the meat of the matter this week as the Oscar season goes into overdrive. Are voters trying to rig the top ten? What has a better shot of winning, The Hurt Locker, Avatar or Inglourious Basterds, which Harvey Weinstein has been relentlessly flogging? Are Oscar producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic (who aren't getting along) going to be able to put together a strong show with ten best picture nominees and no Oscar-nominated songs?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 10:04 AM
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Paramount Acquires Middle Men

While the deal for Paramount to acquire George Gallo's Middle Men, starring Luke Wilson and James Caan, was closed late in the year, details are just emerging. Essential Entertainment started handling sales for the Oxymoron Entertainment-funded movie at Cannes, reported Screen:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 9:22 AM
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Penn Charged in Paparazzi Battery Crime, Could Face Jail

TMZ strikes again: the site reports that Sean Penn has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and vandalism for an October encounter in Brentwood with paparazzi (deja vu). TMZ posts video of the fracas (on the jump). He could face 18 months in jail if convicted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 9:07 AM
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More: Video, News

Olympic Men's Figure Skater Evan Lysacek Wins Gold

Here's video of American Evan Lysacek's intense, exhilarating winning performance Thursday in the figure-skating men's free. Thanks to tape delay, the online media delivered the news of the win before NBC aired his finale. He's the first American to win the men's figure-skating gold since Brian Boitano in 1988.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 6:40 AM
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More: Video, TV

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