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Oscar Docs: Lucy Walker Talks Waste Land, Rival to Front Runners

Oscar Docs: Lucy Walker Talks Waste Land, Rival to Front Runners
The field of five Oscar-nominated docs is strong this year, not a weakling in the bunch. As street artist Bansky wages a campaign for Exit Through the Gift Shop against front-runner Inside Job, another film about art, Waste Land, could pose some competition. Justin Lowe reports from a recent screening at the Landmark Theatre in West LA, where director Lucy Walker presented her film for an invitation-only audience:Facing a formidable field of competitors for the best documentary Academy Award, Walker and the film itself made a convincing case for consideration among the top three contenders. Waste Land focuses on Rio de Janeiro’s community of catadores, waste recyclers who live and work in the slum adjacent to the Jardim Gramacho landfill, following Brazilian artist Vik Muniz from his studio in Brooklyn to the garbage dump for an ambitious project. An internationally recognized photographer who frequently employs non-traditional materials, Munoz’s goal at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest trash disposal facility, was to work with catadores from the waste pickers’ association known as ACAMJG to create large-scale portraits composed primarily of re-purposed solid waste.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 22, 2011 4:58 AM
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Ted Hope Brings Hope for Film to IndieWIRE Blog Network

Ted Hope defines today's indie producer: lean, smart, creative, prolific and always questing for useful intelligence about where our crazy film industry is going to go. The producer of 70 films in 20 years is also a sharer, which is why he blogs, constantly asking questions and throwing out possible answers on his website Truly Free Film. Whether he's on a film set, giving a speech, participating on an industry panel or interviewing rising Sundance stars with old pal and occasional producing partner Christine Vachon, Hope slaps something up on his Hope for Film blog, and invites others to do so as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2011 4:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth Talks The Social Network

Oscar Watch: Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth Talks The Social Network
The Oscar-nominated cinematography on The Social Network is trickier than it looks. David Fincher and his long-time director of photography, Jeff Cronenweth worked within various constraints. Shot with the latest digital RED One camera, the film was low-budget for a studio film ($50 million), was aiming to achieve a level of virisimilitude about recognizable people, and was shooting guerilla-style on the Harvard campus, where the cameras had to get in and out fast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2011 1:26 AM
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David Fincher's Favorite Films

Check out this evergreen: David Fincher's handwritten note of his favorite films--which include a lot of the usual suspects. Peter Bogdanovich's comedy Paper Moon, George Roy Hill's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Woody Allen's Zelig pop out as perhaps somewhat unexpected.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 9:29 AM
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Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio Interview

Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 9:14 AM
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Video: Terry Gilliam Update, The Wholly Family Short Debuts, 1884 Promo

Video: Terry Gilliam Update, The Wholly Family Short Debuts, 1884 Promo
While The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues to be stalled, irrepressible filmmaker Terry Gilliam will debut his new short The Wholly Family, reports Bleeding Cool (photos via Italian magazine Ciak), at the Bradford International Film Festival (March 16 to 27). The fest will present a retrospective of Gilliam's films (Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1984), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) along with its Fellowship Award. The short (still in post-production) is one of a series set in Naples funded by Italian pasta company Garofalo. Gilliam issued a statement:To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive. I will always be grateful for that.See Gilliam's behind-the-scenes Wholly Family video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 8:11 AM
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Development Watch: Kiarostami's The End, Assayas's Carlos Follow-Up, Gatsby & Gretel in 3-D

- Abbas Kiarostami, whose Certified Copy (starring Cannes Best Actress winner Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, above left) opens March 11, is developing The End, a Japanese-language relationship drama through MK2 Productions. MK2's Nathanael Karmitz says the film, to star Aoi Miyazaki, is a "continuation of Certified Copy" that will look at modern love in Japan. The film will shoot on location this April.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2011 6:35 AM
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Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown

Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown
Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken, grabbed moviegoers at the Presidents Day weekend box office, which did little to pull Hollywood box office out of its ongoing depression. So far, first quarter box office is off 24 to 28 % from last year, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 21, 2011 6:20 AM
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Back to the Future: The Adventures of Andre and Wally B

Back in 1984--two years after Tron, Lucasfilm backed what we can consider to be the first Pixar short, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B, written and directed by Alvy Ray Smith, animated by John Lasseter, with sound by Ben Burtt and help from the big Cray computer. Delightful. Steve Jobs bought this unit of Lucasfilm and turned it into Pixar two years later.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 1:52 AM
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Scorsese and Luhrmann Go 3-D with Hugo Cabret, The Great Gatsby

Haven't the studios figured out yet that discerning audiences consider 3-D to be a negative? Warner Bros. got it when they returned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 to 2-D. Why downgrade a Tiffany property?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 12:52 AM
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