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    The Guardian Interview: Martin Scorsese

    For a director who commands such respect, it is surprising what a rough ride Martin Scorsese has had in recent years. But even with "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" to his credit, the going has not been easy. Nor have his peers offered him formal recognition. Despite the superhuman efforts he has poured into his most intimately conceived films -" Gangs of New York" took him 23 years to wrestle on to the screen - he has not won the Oscar for best director. The common thread in these disparate troubles is the dilemma of the movie director: how to combine commercial success with artistic integrity. Several of his 1970s films were ...

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    NY Times: At the New York Film Festival, a Global Glimpse of the State of the Cinema

    In its second week the New York Film Festival settles down to serious cinematic business. For the most part, the 13 selections in this part of the program are worthy of the festival's past offerings and justify the program director Richard Pena's claim that the event represents a kind of "state of t...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Major chains refuse to play Bush death film

    Newmarket Films set itself an unusual challenge when it decided to release the controversial faux investigative documentary "Death of a President" just six weeks after acquiring the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. But it might face an even more formidable obstacle becaus...

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    NYFF CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Religion, Monarchy and More From the NYFF's Second Half

    Movies fascinated with royalty bookend the New York Film Festival, which opened with Stephen Frears' crowd-pleasing "The Queen" and showcases Sofia Coppola's meretricious "Marie Antoinette" closing weekend, but overall, eclectism rules. Far from Balmoral and Versailles are the Cairo streets where Ta...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Shortbus" Arrives Without an Uproar (so far); "Angels," "Gold," "49 Up" and More Deb

    John Cameron Mitchell's provocative new American independent film "Shortbus" opened in U.S. theaters on Wednesday (starting in NYC and then in LA Friday), without an uproar, or even the appearance of protest. While some in Cannes this year initially wondered whether the film might have trouble secur...

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    Film Movement Takes "A Simple Curve"

    North American film distributor Film Movement has acquired Canadian director Aubrey Nealon's "A Simple Curve," the group recently announced. A winner for best writer/director at the Nantucket Film Festival, the film is the story of Caleb, the son of hippie parents including his carpenter father who lacks any business acumen. When a friend of his father's arrives in the valley to develop a high-end fishing lodge, Caleb sees fortune looming, provided he can keep his father distracted long enough. But a small deception leads to colossal betrayal, and soon Caleb must face the fact that he's "reached that treasured day when a boy becomes man enoug...

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    AFM Details Plans and New Online Initiative for 27th Market

    The 27th American Film Market (AFM), set to run 1 - 8 November in Santa Monica, CA will include 589 films, a 10% increase over last year's 534 films, according to organizers. The roster also features 384 market premieres, also the highest number to date, in addition to 54 films that are Official Selections at AFI Fest (which overlaps with AFM) are also represented at the market. In other news, AFM has launched a new online initiative. The new website, www.afmfilms.org, hosts the "AFM Catalogue of Films," described by the organization as "a year-round industry resource, including projects in the early stages of development to finished films. T...

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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: In Defense of Peace, Reykjavik Film Fest Spotlights Conflict

    Films from Eastern Europe as well as the former Yugoslavia, including a spotlight on Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic ("The Optimists"), are some of the themes of this year's Reykjavik International Film Festival, currently underway in Iceland. The festival opened with Stephen Frears' critically a...

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    Amidst Major Internal Changes, RESFEST Sets 10th Anniversary Tour

    Despite a number of recent internal changes, organizers have announced plans for the 10th anniversary RESFEST, the popular touring film and digital arts festival. The event will launch in Chicago on October 19th and the following day in Paris, before continuing to a number of other venues around the...

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    LAT: Creatively brilliant, but tensions simmer

    In the LA Times' Scriptland column, Jay Fernandez delves into an apparent rift between director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and his collaborator, writer Guillermo Arriaga. The latest film from the duo, "Babel," is due for release last this month, but the LA Times reports that the two are at odds over their previous films, "Amores Perros" and 21 Grams," so much so that the paper reports that the writer was banned from attending Cannes this year with the film: But long-simmering tensions about who is claiming responsibility for the success of the pair's films have recently bubbled over. Though no one is speaking publicly, several of the people ...

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