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News, Interviews and the Latest Reviews: This Week on Indiewire

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 23, 2011 at 3:10PM

This week on Indiewire, we sat down to chat with the breakout from "War Horse" and "Pina" director Wim Wenders; the Academy revealed the songs eligible for Oscar consideration; "Flowers of War" debuted overseas; "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" got reviewed by two special guest judges; and much more. NEWS Cannes Power Duo Extend Their Contracts Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux will remain in their posts through 2014, the festival's board of directors voted on Tuesday. Winners React to Topping Indiewire Poll In the wake of Monday's announcement about the winners of Indiewire's year-end poll, several people responsible for films at the top of various lists provided reactions to the news. New Films Added to Sundance Lineup Sundance has added four films to the 2012 festival schedule. "Flowers of War" Debuts in China to Good Numbers, But They Need to Be Great "The Flowers of War" will begin a North American rollout tomorrow in New York, but the most expensive production in China's history showed signs of wilting in its home-country debut. Academy Announces 39 Songs Eligible for Oscar Thirty-nine songs  are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. REVIEWS Critical Consensus: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" Here, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman and Elle magazine's Karen Durbin take on David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and year-end top 10 lists. More details on films opening this week follow after the discussion. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" First things first: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is not the 9/11 movie you've been waiting for. It's not a reflection of some neatly demarcated passage of time that would allow a movie like it to exist. "Pina" More than anything else, the movie is a better Pima primer than any Wikipedia page could provide. "Albert Nobbs" "Albert Nobbs" was a longtime passion project for Glenn Close, and it's easy to see why. FEATURES Is "Buck" the New Definition of Documentary Success A few years ago, even documentary gurus wondered if nonfiction wasn't meant for theaters. Putting Steven Spielberg On Trial His name is Steven Spielberg. The allegation is simple: Did this man destroy the movies? Meet the Palm Springs International Film Festival Programmers Palm Springs in January; not a bad place to be for a film festival under nearly any scenario, but luckily for filmmakers and audiences alike, the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival isn't just any festival. Will You See These 30 Movies? Every week throughout the year, Indiewire takes some time to talk to directors and producers of in-production projects. Many of these films are coming to this year's Sundance Film Festival; many of their premieres have yet to be announced. INTERVIEWS Max von Sydow Talks the Silence of the Renter I first encountered Max von Sydow on the big screen playing chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" at The New Yorker in Manhattan when I was a teenager. He's surprised that I've seen it. "You watched black and white films?" he asks, admitting that this is his first flipcam interview. "War Horse" Breakout Jeremy Irvine Plucked from obscurity, Jeremy Irvine is now set for stardom thanks to some director named Steven Spielberg. With "War Horse," the good looking Irvine joins the likes of Drew Barrymore and Christian Bale, two actors who launched their careers by appearing in Spielberg films. In the legendary director's wartime family epic, Irvine stars as Albert Narracott, a boy who develops a special bond with a thoroughbred named Joey that stands the challenging test of World War I. In a cast filled with luminaries (Emily Watson and Peter Mullan star as his parents), Irvine more than holds his own. Nick Nolte Delivers a Punch to the Gut in "Warrior" In his essay "The Decay of Lying," Oscar Wilde wrote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Leave it to two-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte to prove him wrong. Zachary Quinto Moves Into Producer Territory With "Margin Call" Of all the buzzed-about films picked up at Sundance this year, financial thriller "Margin Call" was the one no one really expected to break out. Sure, it had the starriest cast of the bunch (Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany are among the ensemble), but early reviews were lukewarm and the subject -- the dawn of our latest financial crisis -- seemed somehow dated in the wake of "Inside Job," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" and "Up in the Air." Wim Wenders' Long Journey Toward Cinematic Justice for Pina Bausch The making of Wim Wenders' "PINA" is dramatic enough to be a movie in its own right. From the director's conversion from dance dismisser to Pina Bausch acolyte, to the 20-year journey toward production that nearly ended with the choreographer's unexpected death, it's an extraordinary story. And in 3D, no less.  
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Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
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This week on Indiewire, we sat down to chat with the breakout from "War Horse" and "Pina" director Wim Wenders; the Academy revealed the songs eligible for Oscar consideration; "Flowers of War" debuted overseas; "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" got reviewed by two special guest judges; and much more.

NEWS

Cannes Power Duo Extend Their Contracts
Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux will remain in their posts through 2014, the festival's board of directors voted on Tuesday.

Winners React to Topping Indiewire Poll
In the wake of Monday's announcement about the winners of Indiewire's year-end poll, several people responsible for films at the top of various lists provided reactions to the news.

New Films Added to Sundance Lineup
Sundance has added four films to the 2012 festival schedule.

"Flowers of War" Debuts in China to Good Numbers, But They Need to Be Great
"The Flowers of War" will begin a North American rollout tomorrow in New York, but the most expensive production in China's history showed signs of wilting in its home-country debut.

Academy Announces 39 Songs Eligible for Oscar
Thirty-nine songs  are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

REVIEWS

Critical Consensus: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Here, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman and Elle magazine's Karen Durbin take on David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and year-end top 10 lists. More details on films opening this week follow after the discussion.

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
First things first: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is not the 9/11 movie you've been waiting for. It's not a reflection of some neatly demarcated passage of time that would allow a movie like it to exist.

"Pina"
More than anything else, the movie is a better Pima primer than any Wikipedia page could provide.

"Albert Nobbs"
"Albert Nobbs" was a longtime passion project for Glenn Close, and it's easy to see why.

FEATURES

Is "Buck" the New Definition of Documentary Success
A few years ago, even documentary gurus wondered if nonfiction wasn't meant for theaters.

Putting Steven Spielberg On Trial
His name is Steven Spielberg. The allegation is simple: Did this man destroy the movies?

Meet the Palm Springs International Film Festival Programmers
Palm Springs in January; not a bad place to be for a film festival under nearly any scenario, but luckily for filmmakers and audiences alike, the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival isn't just any festival.

Will You See These 30 Movies?
Every week throughout the year, Indiewire takes some time to talk to directors and producers of in-production projects. Many of these films are coming to this year's Sundance Film Festival; many of their premieres have yet to be announced.

INTERVIEWS

Max von Sydow Talks the Silence of the Renter
I first encountered Max von Sydow on the big screen playing chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" at The New Yorker in Manhattan when I was a teenager. He's surprised that I've seen it. "You watched black and white films?" he asks, admitting that this is his first flipcam interview.

"War Horse" Breakout Jeremy Irvine
Plucked from obscurity, Jeremy Irvine is now set for stardom thanks to some director named Steven Spielberg. With "War Horse," the good looking Irvine joins the likes of Drew Barrymore and Christian Bale, two actors who launched their careers by appearing in Spielberg films. In the legendary director's wartime family epic, Irvine stars as Albert Narracott, a boy who develops a special bond with a thoroughbred named Joey that stands the challenging test of World War I. In a cast filled with luminaries (Emily Watson and Peter Mullan star as his parents), Irvine more than holds his own.

Nick Nolte Delivers a Punch to the Gut in "Warrior"
In his essay "The Decay of Lying," Oscar Wilde wrote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Leave it to two-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte to prove him wrong.

Zachary Quinto Moves Into Producer Territory With "Margin Call"
Of all the buzzed-about films picked up at Sundance this year, financial thriller "Margin Call" was the one no one really expected to break out. Sure, it had the starriest cast of the bunch (Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany are among the ensemble), but early reviews were lukewarm and the subject -- the dawn of our latest financial crisis -- seemed somehow dated in the wake of "Inside Job," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" and "Up in the Air."

Wim Wenders' Long Journey Toward Cinematic Justice for Pina Bausch
The making of Wim Wenders' "PINA" is dramatic enough to be a movie in its own right. From the director's conversion from dance dismisser to Pina Bausch acolyte, to the 20-year journey toward production that nearly ended with the choreographer's unexpected death, it's an extraordinary story. And in 3D, no less.


 

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