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Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Pick-Up 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Stuns and Impresses

The breakout hit of Sundance, Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," has critics gushing. After acquiring potential Academy contender "The Surrogate" for a cool $6 million for worldwide rights, Fox Searchlight closed a deal for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"as well. (Review round-up below.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 24, 2012 1:46 PM
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Oscar Nominations Led by 'Hugo' with Eleven and 'The Artist' with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

Well it's a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar as Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" led the field with eleven nominations to ten for silent black-and-white film"The Artist" Tuesday morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2012 9:18 AM
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Sundance Indies Flock to Memorial Service for Bingham Ray

The tone was somber at the Highwest Distillery on Park Avenue Monday afternoon, as the San Francisco Film Society hosted a memorial service for beloved film leader, Bingham Ray.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • January 23, 2012 10:13 PM
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Oscar Nominations Predictions

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
BEST PICTURE (alphabetical) "The Artist" "The Descendants" "The Help" "Hugo" "Midnight in Paris" "Moneyball" "The Tree of Life" "War Horse"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2012 8:31 PM
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Sundance, Indiewire and Facebook Friends Remember Bingham Ray

The news has been spreading fast through Park City, as the snow starts to fall again. Bingham Ray had such a warm spirit and greatly encouraged people to follow their dreams.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • January 23, 2012 5:23 PM
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Now and Then: In Political Films, Reality Trumps Fiction

"The Ides of March," George Clooney's latest directorial effort, promises by its very title a mixture of danger, betrayal, and warped power. What we get, though, is more disquisition than thrill ride, a technically sound but ultimately unfeeling film about the cynicism of modern politics.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 23, 2012 4:39 PM
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Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 23, 2012 3:28 PM
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Obit: Indie Veteran Bingham Ray Was a Champion of Indie Cinema UPDATED

The news that indie veteran Bingham Ray, recently appointed executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and Festival, had suffered a stroke hit the Sundance Film Festival Saturday morning. Sadly, Ray died from complications of the massive stroke on Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2012 3:08 PM
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Feast Your Eyes: The Academy Launches Digital Exhibition of 84 Iconic Films

As a teaser before the 84th Academy Award nominations announcement (Tuesday, January 24), the Academy has launched a digital exhibition with images from 84 iconic films. (The Oscars 2012 trailer, another albeit rather unsatisfactory teaser, is posted below.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 23, 2012 2:10 PM
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DVD Review: Kinky Classic 'Belle de Jour' Gets the Criterion Treatment

Séverine Serizy, the glacial, inscrutable masochist at the center of Luis Buñuel's masterpiece "Belle de Jour," leads perhaps the most irreconcilable of double lives.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2012 10:11 AM
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