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    the 589 films of '09?

    The lengthy list that follows is from the Village Voice & LA Weekly, sent to participants in their annual "Best Of" poll, detailing the nearly 600 films that have screened commercially in New York City or Los Angeles theaters this year (including those scheduled to open through December 31st). Is an...

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    Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions

    It's not news that film critics are under assault as print publishing struggles to survive. (Here's Sean Means' updated list of 60 "departed" critics since January 2006.) When faced with the harsh reality of future prospects, heavy workload or the low wages of freelance journalism, some are getting ...

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    Best of the Decade #18

    The eponymous hero of Cristi Puiu’s 2005 film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is dwarfed by his epic name. This man, paunchy, disheveled, and suffering, is Dante Remus Lazarescu. Evoking Dante Alighieri, Lazarescu descends into an inferno where each circle of hell takes the form of a different hospital. He has no familiar guide to comfort him as he traverses this purgatory (his brother-in-law, Virgil, lives far away and is only good for a loan), and he is older and weaker than the literary legend who bears his name. Lazarescu’s second name conjures the disappointment of Romulus’s slain twin brother, who never founded Rome. For all of the deaths fo...

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    Variety Adds Editor, Installs Pay Wall

    After Peter Bart stepped down as editor-in-chief of daily and weekly Variety, his second-in-command, Tim Gray, took over. Among the layoffs that followed were long-time daily editors Michael Speier (now at Disney) and Kathy Lyford. While ex-THR editor Cynthia Littleton has been filling in, the paper...

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    Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan

    Yes, we are starting to see a pattern. George Clooney and Carey Mulligan notched more wins today as the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics announced their annual awards. So did Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz, while Kathryn Bigelow won best director.

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    Huffington Tweets Andy and Lana Wachowski

    It isn't news inside Hollywood that Andy is the butch Wachowski, while his brother Larry has become Lana, and has been getting more and more girly over the past few years. The Wachowskis don't do much publicity and rarely have their photos taken, so it's delightful that one of the most outgoing shar...

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    Precious Has a Long Way to Go

    Lionsgate is girding itself for a long haul to the Oscars. They have accomplished a great deal: a movie with tough subject matter about familial abuse, starring an all African-American cast, has become a must-see. And I will argue that although I have encountered folks who are resistant to watching ...

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    Overture Acquires Stone, Starring De Niro, Norton

    After the underwhelming Everybody's Fine , one star in need of a strong role that connects with audiences is Robert De Niro. Maybe Stone will do it. Overture Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to John Curran's dramatic thriller, starring De Niro as a parole officer and Edward Norton as an ...

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    Decade: John Cameron Mitchell on "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2001 with an inte...

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    The Hobo Tour Hits The Middle East!

    1 year, 3 months, 7 days a hobo, I'm taking my tired charade overseas again, this time to the Dubai International Film Festival, where in addition to filmgoing, I'll be skiing on the world's largest indoor ski hill, buying lattes at the world's largest Starbucks, getting vertigo atop the world's tal...

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