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    FUTURES | iW's 16 to Watch

    Back in April indieWIRE launched the 'Futures' weekly column, to profile new up and coming faces in indie film. The column dates back ten years ago, when it appeared in iW and IFC TV's print magazine IFC Rant. This summer saw a slew of new names welcomed into the 'Futures' mix. Over the past hot mon...

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    Casting News: Patton in M:I Reboot, De Niro Loves Bellucci, Hamm and Westfeldt Make Indie

    - J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise is coming together at Paramount, even if it still lacks a firm title. Returning Tom Cruise will be accompanied by Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, both of whom wowed in their low-budget Oscar-winning films last year, Precious and The Hurt Loc...

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    Watch Out College, She's a Comin'

    My little sister is heading to college this weekend. Mothers of sons heading to post-secondary education in the Ottawa area, watch out... Because she don't look like this anymore:

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    Italian Producers Gori vs. Nunnari: Judge Rules $14 Million in Lost Profits to Gori

    - An L.A. Superior Court Judge has ruled (tentatively) in favor of Italian film mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori (pictured, right) and against producer Gianni Nunnari (pictured, left) (The Departed, Shutter Island, 300, From Dusk Till Dawn).

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    One Big Reason To Go See "Going The Distance"

    Alright, so I've yet to see "Going The Distance," the Drew Barrymore-Justin Long romantic comedy that opens today. But it's been on my agenda to do so opening night since February. Because "Going The Distance" kind of saved my ass, at least indirectly. And I'd say that's enough to already offer it a...

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    Sean Baker, director of 'Prince of Broadway'

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    Venice Early Review: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere Views Empty Movie Star

    Write what you know. And Sofia Coppola knows Hollywood.

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    Telluride Airlift

    Just taking the charter flight from LAX to Montrose, Colorado, then the hour-plus shuttle bus from there to Telluride, provides more direct and relaxed interchange with filmmakers than two weeks in Cannes, Sundance or Toronto, where the talent is always courdoned off in hotels or surrounded by publicists and minders. At LAX, I immediately ran into Olivier Assayas and Edgar Ramirez, the director and star just beginning their North American tour with the great "Carlos." I first met Olivier when he was a babyfaced 20-year-old come to L.A. to interview filmmakers for Cahiers du Cinema, so it's very moving for me to see how far he's come to be abl...

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    Venice Day Two: Schnabel's Miral is Heartfelt, Political Palestinian Drama

    While Julian Schnabel's Miral packs an emotional punch, he tells the wrong story. I was in tears during both of the film's bookend sections, which focus on real-life Hind Husseini (the great Hiam Abbass), a wealthy Palestinian woman who in 1948 takes it upon herself to feed, clothe, educate and hous...

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    Venice Opens with Aronofsky's Black Swan: Too Intense?

    The opening night selection of the sexy R-rated violent thriller Black Swan was something of a gamble for Fox Searchlight and the Venice Fest, which landed loyal fan Darren Aronofsky--after rousing Venice receptions for both The Fountain and The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion. He talked Searchl...

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