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    Defending Day & Date

    In her weekly 'Risky Business' column in The Hollywood Reporter, deputy film editor Anne Thompson looks at the mixed results seen in the early experiments with controversial day & date distribution. ...at this stage, no one is willing to risk any serious money. The most high-profile forays into altering the movie release paradigm are Cuban and Wagner's day-and-date January release of Steven Soderbergh's no-frills digital mystery "Bubble" in theaters, on cable channel HDNet and on DVD, and Google Video's January online streaming of Ben Rekhi's digital thriller "Waterborne" for free, followed by downloads at $3.99 a pop and a February DVD relea...

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    Amazing Grace: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "L'Enfant"

    If there is a point at which the craft of directing becomes so exquisite that it transcends and obviates criticism, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne might have reached it with the 2005 Palme d'Or winner "L'Enfant." Though weaned on documentary filmmaking, the Belgian brothers make narrative films that b...

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    Rendez-vous with French Cinema '06, An Ensemble of French Films Rise To The Top

    True, the 11th edition of Rendez-vous with French Cinema offered no clear consensus on standouts. Absent, too, were high-profile auteur films, such as "Comedy of Power," Claude Chabrol's latest, unfinished at the time of the selection process; and the exciting product held in reserve, one can guess,...

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    Cinequest Touts Maverick Filmmaking at 16th Fest in San Jose

    In a clean-cut city that saw its glory days during the dot-com boom, San Jose seems like an unlikely place for the thriving Cinequest Film Festival, which celebrated its 16th year from March 1 - 12. It isn't exactly the cultural capital of the west coast, but call San Jose by its other name - Silic...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: 10 Films To Watch From SXSW '06

    The 2006 SXSW Film Festival comes to a close Saturday with a screening of Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz," starring Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. While the high profile new film joins the list of star-driven premieres, including Robert Altman's "Prairie Home Companion" opening night -- as well as this ...

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    With Indiewood Films Riding High, David Linde Named a Top Exec at Focus' Hollywood Parent

    The news that David Linde will leave Focus Features -- a company he founded with James Schamus four years ago -- to join Marc Shmuger atop Universal Pictures reinforces just how much the specialty film business has changed over the past decade. As many have noted recently, the films from companies l...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Beasties Among Artists On Big Screen In SXSW Music Docs

    As South by Southwest (SXSW) made the transition into its massive music festival and conference here in Austin, music documentaries shared the spotlight -- at a crowded panel Tuesday afternoon and during even more jammed interview session with the Beastie Boys yesterday afternoon. As many have reite...

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    indieWIRE ALERT: Linde Leaving Focus; Joining Shmuger Atop Universal

    Focus Features co-president David Linde is leaving the specialty division to become co-chairman of Universal Pictures alongside Marc Shmuger (who was previously vice chairman of the studio). The appointments are effective immediately according to an announcement today from Universal Studios presiden...

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    Tribeca Fest Unveils 60 More Features; Spotlight and Discovery Sections Highlighted

    Another sixty feature films have joined the lineup of movies screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Festival organizers unveiled plans rosters for both the Spotlight and the new Discovery sections, along with the movies screening in two new NY Specials secions. 37 films will screen in the n...

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    SF Chronicle: Interview: Robin Wright Penn

    Her newest movie is exactly the kind of project that feeds an artist's creative urges but simultaneously does zilch to boost her career or marketability. "Sorry, Haters," is a low-budget drama with a scorpion's sting -- an often wildly implausible parable about a lonely New York woman (Robin Wright ...

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