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    Box Office: "Nine" Just Fine In Busy Pre-Xmas Weekend

    More than a dozen specialty films - most of them basking in the glow of varying amounts of Golden Globe, SAG and critics notices - competed in the shadow of east coast snowstorms and James Cameron's "Avatar" this weekend (just a quick non-indie fyi: "Avatar" grossed a massive $232 million worldwide ...

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    Avatar is at once a fascinating and a frustrating movie. I found much of it captivating, and while I resist the hype-driven phrase “immersive experience,” I did find myself drawn into its 3-D world, an extraordinarily rich cinematic environment created, in breathtaking detail, by artists and computers. I didn’t think I could care about odd-looking humanoid characters, but I did. I didn’t think I would relate to the interaction between humans and aliens, but I did. Writer-director James Cameron has delivered on his promise to take filmmaking to another level by fully realizing his imaginative visual concepts of character and design......

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    Decade: Noah Baumbach on "The Squid and the Whale"

    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 2005 with an inte...

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    Decade: Gregg Araki on "Mysterious Skin"

    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 2005 with an inte...

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    NINE

    As someone who had major problems with Rob Marshall’s Chicago—which robbed the Broadway show of all its humor and rendered its dance numbers unwatchable through egg-beater editing—I did not expect to like Nine, Marshall’s ambitious adaptation of the 1982 stage musical inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8½. Imagine my surprise, then, as I tell you I loved it. I’ve already heard complaints about the picture from other quarters, which I won’t enumerate here, but I bought into it one hundred percent. It begins with accepting—or embracing—Daniel Day-Lewis as 1960s Italian film director Guido Contini. He makes the transformation so...

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    "The Greatest" Coming to Theaters in March

    Shana Feste’s "The Greatest," starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, and Carey Mulligan, will be released theatrically by Paladin, the company's President and CEO Mark Urman said Friday. Plans are for a late March initial release, then followed by an early April expansion. National Entertainment M...

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    Oscar Talk Episode Fifteen: Avatar, Nine, It's Complicated, Crazy Heart, Top Ten

    Kris Tapley and I get serious about what's going to happen in the next month. Avatar will gain momentum, we think, while Nine and Invictus could lose it. Which films will make it to the final top ten? We agree on the obvious front-runners. But what could sneak in? Quentin Tarantino likes Star Trek. ...

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    cinemadaily | Season's Screenings

    Two bona-fide classics return to New York today for extended runs this holiday season: Carol Reed's existential thriller "Third Man" begins a 12-day engagement at Film Forum for its 60th anniversary, while Howard Hawks' screwball masterpiece "His Girl Friday" gets a week-long run at BAM.

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