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    NY Times: A Big Star May Not a Profitable Movie Make

    Is Sumner M. Redstone crazy like a fox? Movie industry executives may be forgiven for thinking that the Viacom chairman was mad to let Tom Cruise go after a 14-year relationship simply because Mr. Cruise seemed a little off balance. After all, the movies made by Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio and the actor's production company earned more than $2.5 billion at the box office. Yet, if you ask economists and other academics that study the movie industry, Mr. Redstone's decision was, in financial terms, spot on. The best reason to get rid of Mr. Cruise or, for that matter, Mel Gibson, or Lindsay Lohan, is not their occasional aberrant behavio...

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    The Great Divide: Andrew Bujalski's "Mutual Appreciation"

    Is Andrew Bujalski the cinematic voice of a mumbling, inarticulate, moderately employable generation, or a talentless student filmmaker who's managed to spin a single badly done trick into an honest-to-goodness moviemaking career? There's not much I can say, and most certainly nothing in "Mutual App...

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    LAT: Fade In at Chapman University

    In the LA Times, a look at Monday's opening of film classes at Chapman University's Marion Knott Studios, which they call one of the most advanced film school facilities in the country, boasting a new $41 million, 76,000 square foot building:The facility features two soundstages, a 500-seat stadium-...

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    "Brothers of the Head" and "Clerks II" Among Winners at 60th Edinburgh Int'l Film Fest

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival closed out its landmark 60th edition Saturday with Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's "Brothers of the Head" winning the event's Michael Powell Award for Best New British Film, while Kevin Smith's "Clerks II" won the Standard Life Audience Award, and best documen...

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    "Das Fraulein" Wins Top Prize at 12th Sarajevo Fest

    Swiss filmmaker Andrea Staka's "Das Fraulein" won the jury prize, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which concluded Saturday. The film, also winner of the Golden Leopard prize at the recent Locarno International Film Festival, is the story the women who live in diff...

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    Jonas Mekas...in Greenpoint

    Today in Gothamist...a conversation with Jonas Mekas about his move to Brooklyn and his film about the experience, "A Letter From Greenpoint," which is screening tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. In the interview, Jonas Mekas talks about his filmmaking process and about Avant Gard...

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    More From Moore at Toronto Fest

    When Michael Moore makes his appearance at a special Mavericks event during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival next month, he'll also be showing clips from two works-in-progress, according to the festival's Doc Blog. During the session, Moore will offer glimpses of both his upcoming health care film "Sicko" and segments from his secret new film, "The Great 04 Slacker Uprising," which the festival describes as "a scrappy road trip movie following his two months of daily campaigning against George W. Bush in the 2004 election." The fests Doc Blog also includes a remembrance from John Pierson, who shepherded Moore and his "Roger an...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jamie Babbit, director of "The Quiet"

    Jamie Babbit's drama/thriller, "The Quiet" centers on Dot (Camilla Belle), a young deaf and mute woman who is sent to live with her grandparents, played by Edie Falco and Martin Donovan, and their cheerleader daughter, Nina (Elisha Cuthbert). Dot's arrival is a blow to Nina's idyllic social life and...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "LOL", "The Quiet", "Princesas" and More

    A wide range of films are debuting this week, from the self-distributed indie "LOL" by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg to "The Quiet," established director Jamie Babbit's latest feature, produced by Burnt Orange Productions in Texas (a division of the University of Texas at Austin's film program_. Ba...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Joe Swanberg, director of "LOL"

    Director Joe Swanberg is taking on the sometimes herculean task of self-distributing his latest film, "LOL." The film chronicles three men who view the women in their lives through a computer screen. According to the "LOL" website, the feature "intimately explores masculinity in the new millenium, a...

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