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    5 Potential Villains For Zack Snyder's 'Superman' Who Aren't Lex Luthor

    With the news that British actor, and perpetual nearly-man Henry Cavill has been cast as Clark Kent/Superman in the Christopher Nolan-produced, David Goyer-penned, Zack Snyder-helmed reboot of "Superman," things are moving full steam ahead on the last of 2012's big trio of superhero movies.

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    The Bigelow Effect - Why We Care

    Why do we care about women's presence in the awards race? Specifically, why do we care so much about a woman getting nominated for best director? That is a great question raised in an very well-written piece by a young woman director named Lindsay on the website Canonball. One thing she asks is i...

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    "Take Shelter" and "Project Nim" Top indieWIRE Sundance Poll

    Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" and James Marsh's "Project Nim" were selected as the best narrative and documentary films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted over the weekend by indieWIRE. The choices were in considerable contrast to the awards themselves...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Ondamax

    Ondamax is one of the busiest and most energetic of international sales agents and production companies. Founded in 2007, the company has made a name for itself as a specialized “cinema boutique”, working essentially with films from or about Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. Based in Florida, founder Eric Mathis and his team are always seeking new ways to promote and distribute their collection of films. Their first 25 titles reached 550 selections and won 105 awards in festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian. During last AFM they announced several new initiatives which will be actively in place by the time Be...

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    Critics Notebook | At Slamdance, "Superheroes" and "Silver Tongues" Impress

    "The more the merrier," Robert Redford told a roomful of journalists at the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival this year. He was responding to a question about the Slamdance Film Festival, as he often must. Started in 1995 in response to Sundance's ultra-competitive submission pile, Slamdance i...

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    SUNDANCE FUTURES | "Terri" Actor Jacob Wysocki

    With Azazel Jacob's "Terri," newcomer Jacob Wysocki has made his entrance. In every single scene of the film, critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival were clearly won over by Wysocki's portrayal of the titular character, an overweight teenager who struggles at home...

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    Rumor: Another Sibling Of Hans Gruber To Square Off Against John McClane In Next 'Die Hard'

    Despite Fox telling us last month that there was no script in place for a "Die Hard 5" and that any potential sequel would be "way off" that hasn't stopped gums from flapping about what we might see in the next installment of the franchise.

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    Watch: Trailer For Aaron Katz's Excellent Indie Noir 'Cold Weather'

    We're at an interesting tipping point in contemporary independent American cinema, one where directors are starting to take the aesthetics and low-key character drama of the mumblecore scene, and marrying them with genre film, and it's producing some of the more original, innovative low-budget works in recent years. From The Duplass Brother's slasher pic "Baghead" and Gareth Edwards' creature flick "Monsters" to Brit Marling's Sundance one-two-punch of "Another Earth" and "The Sound of My Voice," it's a good time for anyone with an interest in the way that genre can be played with onscreen, and one of the best examples to date is Aaron Katz's...

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    AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

    On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach...

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    On the Anglification of Superman: Reactions to the Casting of British Actor Henry Cavill

    Interesting that Warner Bros. announced the casting of its next Superman on the last day of Sundance. The studio revealed some big casting news for "The Dark Knight Rises" as many of us were in the air heading towards the festival. Yesterday this report came while some were returning home. Talk about counter-programming. But the contrast between Sundance and superheroes isn't what people were talking about today. It was the fact that yet another British actor has been chosen for a superhero role. Christian Bale is Batman, Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man and now Henry Cavill ("Stardust") is Superman in Zack Snyder's "Superman: The Man of Steel."...

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