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October 7, 2011 7:44 AM
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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews, Features and Videos

This week on indieWIRE, we graded a slew of films out of the New York Film Festival, Michael Fassbender opened up about his amazing run this year, Werner Herzog got cast in a Tom Cruise thriller and much more.

News

Steve Jobs Has Died; Long Live Steve Jobs
Our tribute to Steve Jobs, the Godfather of iMovie and Final Cut Pro (and, by extension, the aspiring filmmaker in all of us).

Werner Herzog To Play Foe to Tom Cruise in New Thriller. Yes, Really.
In our vote for the best (and oddest) bit of casting news to break this year, Variety reported today that Werner Herzog has been cast as the villain in Tom Cruise’s upcoming thriller, “One Shot.”

Lars von Trier Questioned by Police; Swears Off All Interviews and Public Statements
It’s come to this. Lars von Trier has declared that he will no longer do interviews or release public statements from this day forward.

Iran Bans “Absolutely Tame Is a Horse” from Screening at Montreal Fest
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma said Wednesday that Abdolreza Kahani’s “Absolutely Tame Is a Horse” will not be screening due to a ban on the film’s international distribution by the Iranian government.

Steven Spielberg Joins the Board of Directors at the Jacob Burns Film Center
Director Steven Spielberg has joined the board of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to independent film exhibition and promoting 21st-century literacy.

Toolkit | Get Money for Your Film! Meet the Tribeca Film Institute Grants Programmers
To date, indieWIRE’s Toolkit section has profiled a number of film festival programmers to provide insight into the methodology, philosophy and advice of those major annual events. Today, iW takes a look at a major funding organization, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), the non-profit component of the organization founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthall and Craig Hatkoff.

Award-Winning Comedy “My Uncle Rafael” Lands Home at Slater Brothers Entertainment
Marc Fusco’s indie comedy “My Uncle Rafael” has been picked up by Slater Brothers Entertainment for a North American release.

Herzog’s “Into the Abyss” to Kick Off 2nd DOC NYC
DOC NYC will open for its second year with Werner Herzog’s true crime documentary “Into the Abyss” on November 2.

Sundance Selects Takes To Ballet Doc “First Position”
The audience runner-up for best documentary at TIFF finds a distribution home with Sundance Selects.

David Cronenberg Confirms He’s Written The Script for a Sequel to "The Fly"
Doing the rounds at the New York Film Festival today, David Cronenberg gave a surprising update about the status a sequel to "The Fly."

Reviews

What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
If torture porn of the most gruesome variety isn’t your thing, not to worry. There’s more than the second installment in the “Human Centipede” franchise hitting theaters this week.

REVIEW | Documentary “Hell and Back Again” is the Best War Movie of the Year
There have been plenty of combat documentaries over the last 10 years, but photojournalist Danfung Dennis’ “Hell and Back Again” adopts an original conceit.

REVIEW | Emilio Estevez’s “The Way” Is A Lot Better Than It Looks
“The Way” has the makings of a movie that shouldn’t work, but it navigates many of those potential faults with surprising competence.

REVIEW | “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” Will Satisfy Your Gruesome Expectations
The first impulse when discussing the gruesome details of “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence),” Tom Six’s simultaneously anticipated and feared follow-up to the 2009 cult hit, is simply to describe them.

REVIEW | “The Ides of March” is George Clooney’s Monster Movie
“The Ides of March” finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career.

NYFF REVIEW | “Paradise Lost 3” Ends a Saga of Injustice, But Many Questions Remain
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival in an unfinished form because the film’s real ending arrived, unexpectedly, a few weeks earlier.

NYFF REVIEW | Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” Is the Upbeat Alternative to “Melancholia”
Abel Ferrara’s movies often take place in a world dominated by destructive tendencies that range from corruption and perversion to Catholic guilt.

Features

For Your Consideration: Do We Really Know Anything About This Year’s Oscar Race?
Peter Knegt on this year's seemingly unpredictable list of Oscar candidates.

“Hell and Back Again” Isn’t the Only Winner at Maine Doc Fest
Non-fiction took center stage over the weekend in Maine with the 2011 Camden International Film Festival.

Making Content Too Good For YouTube: How “RCVR” Found 2.6 Million Views in Two Weeks
"RCVR" has only been on the web for two weeks, but it's already starting to change people's minds about content made exclusively for online release. Writer/Creator David van Eyssen tells us where he got the idea and what he sees for both the future of the series and the future of the medium.

The 7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started A Film Festival
Rick Kariolic shares seven lessons on creating a film festival.

The 9 Indie Films You Must See This October
There’s a whopping 33 films listed on indieWIRE’s October calendar. From Pedro Almodovar and Hunter S. Thompson to a dirty girl and another one of those pesky human centipedes, check out indieWIRE‘s picks for the nine best options, and then check out the full calendar or iW’s fall movie preview; there’s many worthy films that didn’t make this list.

Critical Consensus: War Doc “Hell and Back Again” Is The Pick of the Week
Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Danfung Dennis’s war doc “Hell and Back Again” is hitting theaters today via Docurama Films, and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

Go to page 2 for Interviews and Videos.

Interviews

INTERVIEW | Michael Fassbender On Life, “Shame,” Sex and “A Dangerous Method”
With major roles in two films currently making the festival circuit, Michael Fassbender is a busy man. He did, however, make time to talk to our Peter Knegt about the challenging material on display in both of his starring turns and what the two films have in common.

INTERVIEW | “Hell and Back Again” Director Danfung Dennis on Capturing War and All That Comes After
Dennis, a New York Times photographer, talks about his experience as a first-time documentary filmmaker, following an Army veteran on his way back to recovery after being injured in Afghanistan.

INTERVIEW | “Dirty Girl” Juno Temple on Sex, Violence and “The Dark Knight Rises”
In January, iW caught up with British actress Juno Temple at Sundance where she had two films (“Little Birds” and “Kaboom”) playing. We touted her back then as an up-and comer, but now, who are we kidding.

Will You See This Movie? | Robert Carlyle Fights Deportation in “California Solo”
“After hearing a number of stories, I started looking into immigration issues,” Marshall Lewy said when asked how he came to the story for his new film, “California Solo.” “You hear stories of people who have green cards and have lived here for 20 years being removed from the country. It’s incredible.”

How to Make a Documentary About a Band, Fishbone Style
If a filmmaker is committed to being honest, no band’s story worth telling is easy. If it’s a look backward, you only (!) have to contend with multiple, often volatile, personalities.

INTERVIEW | Tom Six on “The Human Centipede” Franchise: Next Stop, America
Eric Kohn interviews "Human Centipede II" director Tom Six.

Meet Buck Brannaman, the Real-Life Horse Whisperer & Subject of “Buck,” Our DVD Pick of the Week
Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle.

Videos

In His Own Words | Jeff Phillips Shares a Scene From His Social Networking Teen Drama “@urFRENZ”
Below director-writer Jeff Phillips shares a scene from his social networking teen thriller “@urFRENZ.” The film is currently available On Demand.

Watch: The Unnerving Red Band Trailer for Sundance Winner “Another Happy Day”
What’s with Ezra Miller and dysfunctional family dramas?

Watch: Suitably Epic Trailer for Luc Besson’s “The Lady”
No matter the genre, Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “La Femme Nikita”) is a filmmaker who likes his film loud, big and bold.

Watch: Funny and Very Bizarre Trailer for “The Catechism Cataclysm”
Todd Rohal’s (”“The Guatemalan Handshake”) sophomore feature, “The Catechism Cataclysm,” has been generating solid buzz on the festival circuit since premiering in Sundance this year.

Watch: Terrific New Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”
“War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s much-hyped fusion of the “war film” and “horse film” won’t open until Christmas Day, but Dreamworks and Touchstone are already doing a terrific job of selling a film that actually sells itself.

New "Adventures of Tintin Trailer" Rocks The Boat
Check out the action-packed new trailer for "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (December 25)

Watch: Anti-Funny “Young Adult” Trailer Drops
After the awesome poster kick-started the film's marketing campaign, the first look at the latest Reitman/Cody collaboration indicates that this might not be the quirky chuckle-fest we had anticipated. But see for yourself.

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