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    REVIEW | One Death, Many Lives in Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill"

    The first impression created by Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill" is that of an abandoned world. Against a silent backdrop, the filmmaker displays the vacant rooms of a creaky house in suburban Maryland, where a young man has recently died. In subsequent scenes, Porterfield builds on that haunting disconnect between reality and the emptiness caused by one individual's abrupt departure from it. Elsewhere, a group of paintball fighters dash through the woods; obscured by protective masks, their identities are indistinguishable. That literal anonymity mirrors the way characters in "Putty Hill" constantly hide their feelings, until Porterfield's ca...

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    Tribeca Film Institute & Ford Foundation Partner for $750,000 Fund

    The Tribeca Film Institute today announced a long-term partnership with the Ford Foundations's JustFilms initiative and the launch of the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund, a $750,000 fund created to drive audience engagement by combining traditional filmmaking and new media.

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    Sony Classics Acquires Vera Farmiga's "Higher Ground"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground," it was announced today. Well received in its debut at last month's Sundance Film Festival (where it screened in U.S. competition), the film stars Farmiga, John Hawkes, Donna Murphy and Joshua Leonard. SPC took rig...

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    Box Office: "Cedar Rapids" Scores Strong Debut; Oscar Shorts Hit All-Time High

    After six weeks of 2011's specialty box office essentially relying on 2010 Oscar contenders, Fox Searchlight has given the new year its first potential breakout with Miguel Arteta's "Cedar Rapids." According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the Ed Helms-John C. Reilly comedy grossed $...

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    REVIEW | "For the Love of Movies" and the "Spider-Man" Debacle

    The calamitous tale of the overambitious, uber-costly Broadway spectacle "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" could only have been redeemed if the show wound up a masterpiece that proved all the haters wrong. Instead, the cavalcade of reviews unleashed in several mainstream publications earlier this week...

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    Weinsteins Buy Ralph Fiennes' Directorial Debut, "Coriolanus"

    The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut "Coriolanus," it was announced today. Starring Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and 2011's potential big breakout Jessica Chastain, the film is world premiering at the Berlin Internati...

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    Glasgow Youth Film Festival Kicks Off In Scotland

    The Glasgow Youth Film Festival officially kicks off today, continuing its unique tradition of celebrating the ambition and talent of young people in the Scottish city and across the world. Programmed by a group of 15-18 year olds, the festival's schedule includes the likes of Xavier Dolan's "Heartb...

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    Sundance's "Tyrannosaur" Heads To Strand; D Films

    Paddy Considine's well-received directorial debut "Tyrannosaur" has been picked up for release in the U.S. and Canada out of the European Film Market. Protagonist Pictures announced that Strand Releasing will release the film in the U.S., and D Films will handle Canada.

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    REVIEW | In "Lovers of Hate," Bryan Poyser Explores Sibling Rivalry At Its Worst

    Given a prominent slot at last year's Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the reputable John Cassavetes Award at the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, Bryan Poyser's "Lovers of Hate" is still not fully recognized for its seamless merging of slapstick humor and realistically uneasy situat...

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