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Sundance Out-of-Competition Lineup Adds Stars, Classics and Many For-Sale Titles

On Thursday, Sundance released the rest of its line-up, the out-of-competition Feature and Documentary Premieres for 2011. While many reports on the competition sections complained that there were no stars--there never are, duh--the Premiere and Classics sections add more glitter, though at this point stars are not what the newly rigorous indie fest is all about under Sundance director John Cooper.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 9:55 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath

Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:18 AM
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Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review

It's a big indie news week. The Gotham Awards are Monday night; indieWIRE will live-blog from backstage. I'm opting to attend a screening of a highly anticipated year-end release so that I can write about it for a Wednesday embargo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2010 9:32 AM
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Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14
The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 24, 2010 6:21 AM
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Good Day for Gibney: Oscar Short List, IPA Auteur Award

Good Day for Gibney: Oscar Short List, IPA Auteur Award
Congrats to Alex Gibney for not only making the Oscar documentary short list of 15 with Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer but for winning this year's International Press Academy's auteur award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 10:59 AM
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Academy Documentary List of Fifteen Includes Exit Through the Gift Shop

Academy Documentary List of Fifteen Includes Exit Through the Gift Shop
In a year when the documentary race is particularly fierce--because so many strong features are in contention--folks have been waiting on tenterhooks for the Academy's announcement of the short list of fifteen. These films, selected by the documentary branch screening committee from 101 qualifying pictures, will be pared down by documentary branch voters to the final five nominations to be announced on January 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 8:21 AM
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Listen: Bruce Springsteen Interviewed by Ed Norton

Edward Norton interviewed his friend Bruce Springsteen back in September during the Toronto International Film Festival, which you can hear below thanks to NPR's Fresh Air. Their discussion delves deep into Springsteen's motivations, investigates the making of Springsteen's album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the documentary film which premiered at TIFF, The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'. A box set, The Promise, comes out today, complete with a remastered version of the album, two CDs of songs that were recorded but never included in the original album, the documentary film, and DVDs of live performances.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2010 9:24 AM
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Women in Film Picks Finishing Fund Recipients

For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:02 AM
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AFI Fest Q & A: Aaron Sorkin Talks Bad Journalism, The Social Network vs. All The President's Men

AFI Fest Q & A: Aaron Sorkin Talks Bad Journalism, The Social Network vs. All The President's Men
The AFI Fest hosted a tribute evening with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing), who introduced a special presentation of Alan Pakula's 1976 Oscar-winning Nixon-Watergate scandal film All The President's Men, adapted by Sorkin hero William Goldman from the book by Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who were played by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2010 9:29 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Award Watch, Production News, Talking to Boyle and League

OSCARS & AWARDS: While Black Swan promotional endeavors impress, the Godard anti-Semitism issue clouds his Honorary Oscar. And as The Hollywood Reporter's new glossy weekly hits the stands with its Actress Roundtable (considered in this week's Oscar Talk), Variety shuffles its editorial deck. Awards are being given to Biutiful star Javier Bardem, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, Cinema Eye helps to anoint award-season documentary frontrunners and Peter Weir's The Way Back kicks off the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival. The King's Speech, with a Gala screening Friday night as part of AFI Fest 2010, leads the Gurus 'o Gold poll along with star Colin Firth and Bening.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 6, 2010 3:57 AM
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