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The Sundance (Wish) List, the Muppets and IDFA Goodies: The Best of IW This Week

The Sundance (Wish) List, the Muppets and IDFA Goodies: The Best of IW This Week

This week Indiewire, Steven Soderbergh dropped out of an anticipated project, “The Muppets” got attacked, we made our Sundance wish list and much more.


News

Angelina Jolie’s “Blood and Honey” is Now a Foreign-Language Film

It sounds counterintuitive, but FilmDistrict will release “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian in the U.S., with English-language subtitles.

Soderbergh Won’t Direct “U.N.C.L.E.”
After a long, drawn-out casting process between Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh, the filmmaker has decided to opt out.

Latino Film Takes Spotlight with 2nd Cinema Tropical Awards

Cinema Tropical unveiled its nominations for the 2nd annual Cinema Tropical Awards, spotlighting Latin American film. 

See the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at MoMA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 6th Annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Series begins Friday, November 18.

Reviews

What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

Non-Twihards, don’t fret. There’s a wide variety of films opening this week to counter the hype surrounding Edward and Bella’s wedding.

Critic’s Notebook: Forget ‘The Muppets,’ At Least For Now. See ‘Being Elmo’ First.

For viewers committed to “The Muppets” on the basis of rediscovering their childhood memories, this movie is their drug. Others should consider a better gateway.

Features 

Sundance 2012 Wish List: 40 Films that May Head to Park City

The first round of programming announcements are expected following the four-day holiday weekend, with over 100 features expected over various sections of the January 2012 festival.

The Delicate Art of Wrapping Indie Movies in Mainstream Marketing

What’s the best way to bring artier films to the marketplace — not only for the financial health of the industry, but also for the filmmakers?

35mm Projection is at Risk. Does That Matter?

The obituaries have already been written for the book, the movie camera, and, yes, film. Business research firm IHS just released a study projecting that, as of next year, there will be more digital-projection screens than 35mm projection screens in the US.

Why Danish Docs Rock the Festival Circuit (and the 7 You’ve Got to See)

Despite a population of just over 5 million, Denmark has a long tradition of cinema greater than its size should allow.

Joshua Leonard Shares a Scene From “The Lie”

Below indie stalwart Joshua Leonard (“The Blair Witch Project”) shares a scene from his first solo directing credit “The Lie.” Based on a T.C. Boyle short story that first appeared in the New Yorker, “The Lie” centers on a man who tells a lie to get out of work that inadvertently changes his life. Screen Media opens the film in limited release this Friday, November 18.

Interviews

Matthew Modine Talks Short Filmmaking and Why “The Dark Knight” Didn’t Shoot at Occupy Wall Street

The recent police raid of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan brought a definitive end to rumors that “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated third Batman movie, would somehow incorporate the Occupy Wall Street protests into the production.

Mads Brügger on Radical Journalism and His Controversial IDFA Opener “The Ambassador”

Brügger’s follow-up to his Sundance Film Festival award winning “The Red Chapel,” the film takes the director’s remarkably hands on approach to investigative journalism a controversial step further.

Ellen Barkin Talks “Another Happy Day”: “I’ve been waiting for a part this good for my entire career”

Ellen Barkin not only stars in and produced “Another Happy Day” – she made her debut some thirty years back in Sam’s dad’s first feature “Diner.”

Flame-Throwing Indie Romance “Bellflower” Tops Our DVD Picks This Week

Evan Glodell’s “Bellflower” is the sort of indie success story that many filmmakers dream of but few achieve. A first-time director and a team of unknowns make it to Sundance with an incendiary film that gets people talking. But approaching this film as the too-familiar Cinderella story does a disservice to what a film like “Bellflower” represents. It comes out today on DVD and Blu-ray and it’s Indiewire’s pick of the week.

Glenn Close Talks Gender Bender “Albert Nobbs”

“Albert Nobbs” is a 30-year labor of love for Glenn Close, who won an Obie for Simone Benmussa’s 1982 stage play based on a story by George Moore about a straight woman who passes as a male butler in a Dublin hotel in order to survive.

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