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Weekly Indiewire Clicks: The Best News, Reviews and Features

By Aaron Bogert | Indiewire February 24, 2012 at 6:25PM

This week on Indiewire we presented our final predictions for the Oscars & Independent Spirit Awards; we interviewed all the Best Foreign Language Feature directors; James Franco discussed "My Own Private River"; ex-Village Voice critic J. Hoberman landed a new writing gig; and we contemplated the future of small theaters.
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This week on Indiewire we presented our final predictions for the Oscars & Independent Spirit Awards; we interviewed all the Best Foreign Language Feature directors; James Franco discussed "My Own Private River"; ex-Village Voice critic J. Hoberman landed a new writing gig; and we contemplated the future of small theaters. 

Check out all the links below for all the best new, interviews and features this week on Indiewire:

News

New Directors/New Films 2012 to Open with 'Where Do We Go Now?'; Will Screen Kubrick's 'Fear and Desire'
Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now? will open the 2012 edition of New Directors/New Films, which announced its full lineup today.

LES Film Festival 2012 is Bigger, Still Eccentric; Includes Dolly Parton, Dustin Lance Black and Susan Sarandon
The LES Film Festival, which will run March 6-18 in Manhattan, has announced its 2012 lineup with films starring Dolly Parton, Dustin Lance Black, Olivia Munn and Lizzy Caplan.

Comcast Wants to Launch a Netflix Killer With Streampix
Can Comcast beat Netflix with Streampix?

J. Hoberman Lands Gig at Blouin ARTINFO, Will Attend SXSW (But Not Cannes)
J. Hoberman, the veteran film critic let go from his position as chief film critic of the Village Voice last month, has landed a new gig.

Reviews

Why 'The Forgiveness of Blood' Deserved the Same Oscar Consideration as 'A Separation'
"The Forgiveness of Blood" examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in "Wanderlust."
Universal Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in "Wanderlust."

How 'Wanderlust' Illustrates the Problem With Every David Wain Movie
Like every David Wain movie, "Wanderlust" contains the grain of a good idea that never reaches fruition.

Here Are 19 Reviews From Berlinale 2012
This year the Berlin Film Festival had a diverse group of films screening and Indiewire was on site to see as many of them as possible.

Why 'Caesar Must Die' Won the Golden Bear
"Caesar Must Die," octogenarian Italian sibling directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's docudrama about a production of "Julius Caesar" enacted by prisoners, screened early in the Berlin International Film Festival to a solid but not overwhelmingly positive reception.

Interviews

Meet 6 Best First Feature/John Cassavettes Spirit Award Nominees
Ahead of tomorrow's ceremony, get to know six of this year's nominees for the Best First Feature and the John Cassavettes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards by checking out the profiles below.

Indiewire Interviews All 5 Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers for Best Foreign Language Feature
Indiewire got to speak with all the 2012 Best Foreign Language Feature Film Academy Award nominees over the last year; get to know the filmmakers and their films by checking out our profiles below, ahead of this Sunday's awards ceremony.

An Escape-from-Cuba Saga Six Years in the Works: Lucy Mulloy and Her Cast Talk 'Una Noche' in Berlin
Lucy Mulloy's debut feature "Una Noche" is an ambitious tale of three Havana street kids dealing with oppressive conditions in Cuba.

Berlin's Generation Section Director Talks Screening Suicide and Sex and Redefining the Coming of Age Story
"From time to time, someone like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter refer to us as the kid's ghetto," Maryanne Redpath told Indiewire about the section of the Berlinale she directs, Generation.

Features

2012 Spirit Awards Predictions: Will They Think Outside 'The Artist' Box?
It came as something of a shock when Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" topped the Spirit Award nominations last November.

For Your Consideration: 2012 Final Oscar Predictions
In one week's time, it will all be over.

We're About to Lose 1,000 Small Theaters That Can't Convert to Digital. Does It Matter?
In a VOD world, does it matter if we lose up to 1,000 theaters? And if it does matter, we're in also in a Kickstarter world  -- so what could be done to change it?

This Is What It's Like To Be a First-Time Oscar Nominee
Industry heavyweights like Martin Scorsese and George Clooney know the Oscar game too well, but 27-year-old Norwegian filmmaker Hallvar Witzo has discovered a whole new world.

Gavin Smith discusses "My Own Private River" with James Franco at the Walter Reade Theater.
Devin Lee Fuller Gavin Smith discusses "My Own Private River" with James Franco at the Walter Reade Theater.

Why 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Tops This Week's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks
This week on DVD/Blu-ray:

This is What it's Like to Be an Oscar Underdog: Tim League on "Bullhead"
The last 12 months have been busy for Tim League.

If You Want to See James Franco's "My Own Private River," You'll Need to Hassle New Line Cinema
James Franco says he's been obsessed with “My Own Private Idaho” since he was a teenager, which led to “My Own Private River,”

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