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The First Week of 2012 on Indiewire: Weekly Clicks

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 6, 2012 at 3:59PM

This week on Indiewire (the first of 2012) we launched our annual 'Meet the Sundance Filmmakers' profile series, The Village Voice made a shocking cut, we told you what to see this month and much more. NEWS J. Hoberman Laid Off as Chief Film Critic at The Village Voice The Village Voice has laid off its senior film critic, J. Hoberman, a staple of the American film criticism and a contributor to the publication since 1977. Hoberman served as a staff writer for the publication since 1983 and was appointed its chief film critic in 1988. Berlinale Announced 20 Films for the Panorama The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first 20 titles of its Panorama Program. 2012 PGA Award Nominations "Bridemaids" is in while "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is out with the 2012 PGA Award nominations. "Farewell My Queen" to Open Berlin Film Festival The period drama "Farewell My Queen" starring Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"), Lea Seydoux ("Midnight in Paris") and Virginie Ledoyen ("Army of Crime") will open the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9. Santa Barbara Announced Lineup Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?," the Audience Award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, will close out the festival. The U.S. premiere of Ron Fricke's "Samsara," a follow-up to his meditative documentary montages "Baraka" and "Chronos," will be the festival's Centerpiece Gala film. Strand Goes for "North Sea Texas" Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the coming of age drama "North Sea Texas" ahead of its U.S. premiere at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. Dimension Films Picks Up Heist Comedy Dimension Films has acquired U.S. rights to the "The Black Marks" from Darius Films, which begins production this month. The film, written and directed by Jonathan Sobol ("A Beginner's Guide to Endings") stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel. WGA Announces Best Screenplay Nominations The WGA has announced the nominees for its 2012 awards. The Original Screenplay category rewarded films that leaned toward comedy, while the Adapted Screenplay features a number of Oscar Best Picture frontrunners. REVIEWS Critical Consensus: Kent Jones and Jonathan Rosenbaum Discuss Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard There's no easy way to have a short conversation about Robert Bresson without shortchanging a career spanning 13 films and widely considered paramount to 20th-century film history. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is a Mesmerizing Police Procedural A slow-burn study of investigatory obsession and police bureaucracy, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's mesmerizing "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" plays like "Zodiac" meets "Police, Adjective." That's a tough combination to pull off: Neither David Fincher's epic tale of the infamous decade-spanning serial killer hunt nor Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu's minimalist cop drama come with easy answers. FEATURES The 7 Indie Films You Must See This January January is usually seen as a burial ground for movies (unless you're heading to the Sundance Film Festival). But this year -- perhaps more than ever -- a slew of films that received Oscar-qualifying runs in December in New York or Los Angeles disappeared into dormancy until the new year. The Winners and Losers at the 2011 Specialty Box Office Part 1
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Cannes Winner "Once Upon a Time" Picked Up By The Cinema Guild
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia."

This week on Indiewire (the first of 2012) we launched our annual 'Meet the Sundance Filmmakers' profile series, The Village Voice made a shocking cut, we told you what to see this month and much more.

NEWS

J. Hoberman Laid Off as Chief Film Critic at The Village Voice
The Village Voice has laid off its senior film critic, J. Hoberman, a staple of the American film criticism and a contributor to the publication since 1977. Hoberman served as a staff writer for the publication since 1983 and was appointed its chief film critic in 1988.

Berlinale Announced 20 Films for the Panorama
The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first 20 titles of its Panorama Program.

2012 PGA Award Nominations
"Bridemaids" is in while "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is out with the 2012 PGA Award nominations.

"Farewell My Queen" to Open Berlin Film Festival
The period drama "Farewell My Queen" starring Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"), Lea Seydoux ("Midnight in Paris") and Virginie Ledoyen ("Army of Crime") will open the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9.

Santa Barbara Announced Lineup
Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?," the Audience Award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, will close out the festival. The U.S. premiere of Ron Fricke's "Samsara," a follow-up to his meditative documentary montages "Baraka" and "Chronos," will be the festival's Centerpiece Gala film.

Strand Goes for "North Sea Texas"
Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the coming of age drama "North Sea Texas" ahead of its U.S. premiere at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Dimension Films Picks Up Heist Comedy
Dimension Films has acquired U.S. rights to the "The Black Marks" from Darius Films, which begins production this month. The film, written and directed by Jonathan Sobol ("A Beginner's Guide to Endings") stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel.

WGA Announces Best Screenplay Nominations
The WGA has announced the nominees for its 2012 awards. The Original Screenplay category rewarded films that leaned toward comedy, while the Adapted Screenplay features a number of Oscar Best Picture frontrunners.

REVIEWS

Critical Consensus: Kent Jones and Jonathan Rosenbaum Discuss Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard
There's no easy way to have a short conversation about Robert Bresson without shortchanging a career spanning 13 films and widely considered paramount to 20th-century film history.

"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is a Mesmerizing Police Procedural
A slow-burn study of investigatory obsession and police bureaucracy, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's mesmerizing "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" plays like "Zodiac" meets "Police, Adjective." That's a tough combination to pull off: Neither David Fincher's epic tale of the infamous decade-spanning serial killer hunt nor Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu's minimalist cop drama come with easy answers.

FEATURES

The 7 Indie Films You Must See This January
January is usually seen as a burial ground for movies (unless you're heading to the Sundance Film Festival). But this year -- perhaps more than ever -- a slew of films that received Oscar-qualifying runs in December in New York or Los Angeles disappeared into dormancy until the new year.

The Winners and Losers at the 2011 Specialty Box Office Part 1

-- and Part 2

2011 may be remembered as the year that studios failed to attract audiences, but the year also brought some very clear -- and surprising -- winners and losers. 

Why "Kill List" Is Our VOD Pick of the Week and Other Movies You Should Watch at Home
"Kill List," the sophomore effort of British director Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace"), has been unsettling audiences since first premiering at last year's SXSW Film Festival. The nerve-racking thriller, voted the best horror film of 2011 by Bloody Disgusting, hits VOD January 4th via IFC Films.

Filmmakers You Should Know: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkish Master of Understatement
The most acclaimed Turkish filmmaker in contemporary cinema, Nuri Bilge Ceylan nevertheless faces relative obscurity among American moviegoers for a typically superficial reason: His movies are slow, pensive experiences, filled with long pauses and hushed conversations instead of simple exposition.

Amanda Seyfried is Reluctant Porn Superstar "Lovelace," Now Shooting
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the filmmakers behind "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt," "The Times of Harvey Milk" and Allen Ginsberg biopic "Howl," have the confidence of anti-pornography lawyer Catherine MacKinnon for their new project "Lovelace."

Meet Over 50 of the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers on Indiewire
Every year, Indiewire is the place to get to know the Sundance filmmakers ahead of the festival. And today we're launching the 2012 batch of filmmaker profiles -- about four each day, all the way up to the opening day on January 19.

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