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    AMC Select Seeks Filmmakers

    With a lack of available distributors to handle the spate of indie films seeking theatrical release, some filmmakers are taking matters into their own hands. Doc director Mary Mazzio went directly to a theater chain. Now her movie is playing in eight cities.

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    REVIEW | Oddly Coarse and Compellingly Offbeat: Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" opens this Friday in theaters.

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    REVIEW | Distant Voices, Shrill Lives: Lukas Moodysson's "Mammoth"

    Much can be said about the concept and implications of globalization. That it's good for corporations, indifferent to local economies and cultures, rough on the working class. Here's another: globalization inspires very bad art. Besides Jia Zhangke and Olivier Assayas, who understand commercial exch...

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    Gibney Talks Casino Jack and Three More Docs for 2010

    When documentarian Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) learned via his Jack Abramoff "Google Alert" that director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) had decided to name his fiction film starring Kevin Spacey as corrupt Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff Casino Jack, Gibney had hi...

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    Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards

    1. The Governors Awards will not be televised. At the orange Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Saturday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave out four honorary Oscars at a new annual event on the awards calendar. Academy executive director Bruce Davis, president Tom Sher...

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    Box Office: "Precious" Still Potent; "Mr. Fox" Leads (Mostly) Fantastic Openers

    Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" showed no signs of slowing down in its second weekend, according to weekend estimates. After last weekend's record breaking debut, the film went from 18 to 174 screens, expanding in its initial four markets of Atlanta, NYC, LA and Chicag...

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    South Park Skewers The Cove and Avatar

    Bad news: the dolphin-killing expose The Cove did not land an International Documentary Association best feature nomination.

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    sao paulo, nyc

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    Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger

    The movie most likely to succeed this weekend is Roland Emmerich's 2012, which I look forward to seeing with a crowd. The critic-proof doomsday movie is expected to do $40-50 million on over 3400 screens. I just want to see the VFX. That's what Emmerich is good at. Even in the trailer John Cusack lo...

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    Must-See: M. Hulot's Holiday

    The Nuart is showing (November 27 to December 3) the pristine Cinematheque Francaise/Thomson/Technicolor restored print of M. Hulot's Holiday, originally shot in black-and-white in 1953 and reedited by Jacques Tati in 1978. Seeing the French comedy classic was a high point of Cannes last May.

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