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June 1, 2011 8:52 AM
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: "Submarine" Goes Down Well, California Gets a Break & More

Today on indieWIRE "Submarine" got a nod of approval, Kansas got dealt with a blow and much more.

This Week's Hit with Critics.

With three releases hailing from last year’s Toronto Film Festival and one holdover from Cannes 2010, this Friday sees everything from Richard Ayoade’s British coming-of-age comedy “Submarine,” Mike Mills’ whimsical romantic drama “Beginners,” Shawn Ku’s take on a high school shooting, “Beautiful Boy,” and Cannes 2010’s “Film Socialisme,” the latest from legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. Want to know which one got the highest approval from our critics? Go here.

California Filmmakers Get a Break. Kanas Gets Shafted.

How was your Memorial Day weekend? If you’re a California filmmaker, it was swell. And if you’re a Kansas artist, it was beyond lousy. Over the weekend, Kansas became the nation’s only state without an arts agency. Meanwhile, California—a state that has routinely faced budget shortfalls—granted a five-year extension to its tax credit program for television and film productions. Click here for a rundown of what happened.

Hulu Partners Up with Miramax.

Streaming video site Hulu and Miramax announced a deal that would make hundreds of films from the Miramax library available to screen to the Hulu Plus paid subscription service. The deal will cycle fifteen films through the ad-supported free screening side of Hulu each month. Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” and Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient” are some of the Miramax films that will be available on Hulu Plus.

Tribeca Gucci Doc Fund Names Grant Recipients.

Nine projects will share $150,000 in funding by the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Now in its fourth year, the initiative provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films “highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world.” The nine were selected from 450 submissions from 38 countries.

"Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Titillates.

The self labeled 'Feel Bad Movie of Christmas,' David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" debuted its international poster. Warning: This black and white doozy isn't safe for work viewing.

Reviews

Eric Kohn showered love on the indie UK charmer "Submarine." The Playlist meanwhile sang praises of Matthew Vaugh's first crack at an all ages blockbuster, "X-Men: First Class."

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