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iW ROUND UP | Wednesday, October 1st

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 1, 2008 at 4:6AM

indieWIRE's snapshot of news and views from around the web on Tuesday.
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indieWIRE's snapshot of news and views from around the web on Tuesday.

Ultra-realist Indie Film
Andrew O'Hehir takes a very close look at Lance Hammer's "Ballast" and comes up with a study of "a certain neorealist and/or quasi-documentary trend in American independent movies." [SALON]

MPAA Sues RealNetworks
New RealDVD ripping software called a violation of DVD copyrights. [HR]

Jamie Stuart: Take 2
His latest short film from the New York Film Fest features Steven Soderbergh. [FILMMAKER]

NYFF: The Film Critics
Rounding up coverage of this weekend's discussion about film criticism at the New York Film Festival. [GREENCINE]

Box Office Bottleneck
"A whopping seven wide releases -- plus the semi-wide release of Bill Maher's doc "Religulous" -- debut this weekend at the domestic box office, making for the most crowded frame that anyone can remember." [VAR]

Miyazaki Among Japan's Greatest?
With his latest, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," in release in Japan, a closer look at Hayao Miyazaki. [JAPAN TIMES]