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    How Does the First Dogme95 Film Translate to a Polish Stage Adaptation in Brooklyn? Very Well, Indeed.

    Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's 1998 film "Festen" (aka "The Celebration") was the first film to be given the official approval of the Dogme95 collective of filmmakers (of which there were 254 official designees before the designation stopped being given out in 2005).

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    3 Ethiopian Filmmakers Selected For Emerging Talent Initiative At Cannes Film Fest

    Congrats to filmmakers Henok Mebratu, Olisarali Olibui Tongolu and Yidnekachew Shumete. I'll return with individual profiles; here's the news for now:

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #29: Vertigo Variations

    This first part of an hour long video essay spins an elaborate tale of a lifelong obsession with Hitchcock's masterpiece.

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    Heather Graham, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Dillon & Joe Mantegna Have 'Compulsion'; Vilmos Zsigmond Lensing

    Sustaining a post-child-star career seems a difficult enough labyrinth to manage by itself, but combine that challenge with a bubbly, incessant neighbor intent on stardom, as a new film exploring the toll of celebrity aims to do, and you have a interesting dark vehicle for two talented actresses as ...

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    Has The Financial Disappointment Of 'Hugo' Killed The Chances Of Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Getting Made?

    While the critical adulation -- eleven Oscar nominations and five wins -- for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" put a nice finish on the film's journey to the big screen, in the cold light of day, and on a financial level, the film was a bust. While it didn't get the same kind of ink th...

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    Lineup For Locarno's 2012 "Open Doors" Focus On French-Speaking Sub-Saharan African Cinema

    Announced last fall, the Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors co-production mart will focus on French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa this year. The prominent Swiss fest has recruited African cinema pros to consult in selecting a dozen participating projects that were to be announced in May.

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    Review: 'Pirates! Band Of Misfits' Is A Treasure Trove Of Visual Wonder

    In John Ortved's unauthorized oral history of "The Simpsons," he recounts how an edict was posted in the writers' room of the influential animated series. This had come down from on high, and was probably hard to follow for some of the zanier writers (Conan O'Brien, we're looking in your direction)....

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    Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema Address at San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

    Check out Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema address from April 21 at the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival:

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    Trailer Watch: Hope Springs Starring Meryl Streep

    What do you think about this one. It opens in the slot in August where movies targeted at women like Julie & Julia and The Help have been quite successful. It's directed by the same guy who did The Devil Wear Prada. After watching the trailer I'm not so sure about this one. Tommy ...

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    Things You Already Know: Shia LaBeouf Not Coming Back For 4th 'Transformers' Film

    Paramount president Adam Goodman: the interview that keeps on giving. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the Paramount chief in the May 4th issue of their magazine, and the good man revealed something you're likely already aware of: Shia LaBeouf is not coming back to Micheal Bay's "Transformers" franch...

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