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    H'Wood Reporter: Indie world's Gotham Awards suffer identity crisis

    When the Gotham Awards are handed out in New York Wednesday, the winners won't necessarily be independently produced movies with a local flavor. That was the original mission of the event when it was established 16 years ago but times have changed, to the chagrin of some observers. This year's lineu...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: "Together" Tops at IDFA (So Far); and Berliner's Best

    A number of films have stirred audiences and industry alike here at IDFA this year and based on informal surveys of insiders attending the festival, the taste of general attendees seems to be in line with that of the professionals. Perhaps the most buzzed about title at mid-week is Paul Taylor's deb...

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    iW BOT | "Volver" Back on Top; India's "Dhoom 2" in Second; "Bobby" Slips During Expansion

    In a tricky environment for independent/specialty films trying to quickly "go wide" to broaden their appeal, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" returned to first place on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) by benefiting from Sony Pictures Classics' cautious distribution plan. It had sl...

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    "Good Boys" and "Love Sick" share image+nation LGBT Prizes

    Israeli director Yair Hochner's "Good Boys" and Tudor Giurgiu's "Love Sick" shared the grand jury prize at the just completed 19th edition of the image+nation, Montreal's LGBT Film Festival. American Ash Christian won the "Coup de Coeur" prize for "Fat Girls," while Frederic Moffet's "Jean Genet in Chicago" took the grand jury prize in the shorts category. "Loving Annabelle" by Katherine Brooks won the audience prize for best feature, while Larry Grimaldi and Kirk Marcolina's "Camp Out" and Nancy Nicol's "La Politique du Coeur" shared the best doc nod. Sebastien Gauthier's "Vaguement Romantique" won best short in the audience category. [Brian...

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    AWARDS WATCH: "Half Nelson," "Little Miss Sunshine" Top Spirit Award Nominations

    "Half Nelson" and "Little Miss Sunshine," a pair of first features by American filmmaking duos, lead the list of nominees for Film Independent's Spirit Awards honoring the best in independent film. Both films are nominated for best feature along with "American Gun," "The Dead Girl," and "Pan's Labyr...

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    Reuters: Sony Classics picks up Swiss drama

    Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights for "Vitus," Switzerland's official selection for the 2007 foreign-language Oscar nomination race. The movie recently screened at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, where it won the audience award for best feature. Scott Roxborough reports.

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    H'Wood Reporter: Dramas aplenty vie for Golden Globe attention

    With nominations for the Golden Globe Awards just weeks away--announcements are set for the early morning hours of December 14--a clear front-runner has yet to emerge for one of the ceremony's top two prizes, namely the best drama of the year. Unlike the musical/comedy race, in which the Hollywood F...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the three day weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. W...

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    DOC COLUMN: Oscar Gets Political, Salutes Women: Tracking the Oscar Short List

    Two weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 feature-length documentaries that made their "short list"--of which five will be nominated at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Appropriately, this year's list is a timely snapshot of where we are as a country, mirrored in...

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    REVIEW | Bad Blood: Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles"

    Opening on World AIDS Day, Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles" sets itself up as a consciousness raiser from the get-go. Chronicling three stories built around the disease's manifestations across geographic and cultural distances in just over two hours, no wonder the result is reductive--but still, you s...

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