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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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    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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    Wild Animals: Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

    With the recent announcement that no less than 20 films were submitted for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar, 2009 can rightly be labeled something of a watershed year for the format. Of course, some of those entries are bland generic staples—the new Ice Age movie, the Chipmunks sequel, Battle for Terra, Monsters vs. Aliens—shiny, machine-tooled baubles designed to attract and pacify the youngest-audience quadrant for big studio profits. But considering entries like Coraline, 9, Ponyo, Up, the forthcoming A Town Called Panic, and Wes Anderson’s just-released Fantastic Mr. Fox, a strong case could be made for animation reemerging as not...

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    cinemadaily | Auteur Fever: Jerry Lewis & Tsai Ming-liang Retros Hit NY

    "Jerry Lewis: Clown prince of arrested development or the most cerebral Hollywood funny man since Buster Keaton?" asks the Village Voice's J. Hoberman. "Either you find Jer's manic outbursts funny, or you don't, but there's no disputing his ambition." Audiences in New York have the chance to decide ...

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    B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Documentaries

    The 2010s are fast approaching - 48 days and counting - and indieWIRE is continuing this weekly Friday chart devoted to glancing back at the past ten years. With a film opening each weekend as a starting point, we're charting various sub-categories of 2000s film, focusing on their North American bo...

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