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    Polanski Gets Out of Jail Friday on $4.5 Million Bail

    As expected, filmmaker Roman Polanski will get out of jail on $4.5 million bail. Swiss justice officials announced Wednesday that the director can move to his Gstaad chalet at 1 PM on Friday. Here's the LAT:

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    cinemadaily | A Girl and a Gun

    Experimental filmmaker Gustav Deutsch’s latest found footage concoction, "Film Ist. a Girl & a Gun," begins a weeklong run today at New York's Anthology Film Archives.

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    Box Office 2.0: The Curious Case of "Orson Welles"

    Amidst a busy Thanksgiving box office frame that saw such flashy specialty success stories as "Broken Embraces"'s mammoth per-theater-average and "Precious"'s continued success in semi-wide release, another indie success story was potentially being set in motion. The do-it-yourself release of Richa...

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    My Spirit Predictions Sucked; Though I'm Guessing I'm Not Alone

    My Spirit Predictions Sucked; Though I'm Guessing I'm Not Alone

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    Media Watch: In Entertainment, At Least, the LAT is Hiring

    At the recent Digital Hollywood I was struck by Los Angeles Times entertainment honcho Sallie Hofmeister's description of what her paper is doing. The good news, for those of us who cover Hollywood, is that the LAT is now so online-focused (after years of avoidance behavior) that they have decided to BEEF UP the entertainment coverage (in the face of other layoffs). That is because they are going after online traffic. As we all know, celebs and red carpets and Twilight and Superman bring eyeballs. Hofmeister said that their strategy is to lure younger readers --the future for all newspapers that wish to survive--with pop candy. She also made...

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    Oscar Watch: Coraline, Up Lead Annie Noms

    Is CG animation on the decline?

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    Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

    It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nom...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Surprises From The Spirit Award Nominations

    Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station" topped the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, each nabbing five nods including best feature. The pair were joined in that category by Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer," Cherien Dabis...

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    Reynold Brown: A Life In Pictures

    Reynold Brown: A Life In Pictures

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    Israel Film Festival to Honor Gould, Schrader

    The Israel Film Festival will honor actor Elliott Gould with a Lifetime Achievement Award when it kicks off December 5 at New York's SVA Theater. Also that evening, writer/director Paul Schrader will receive the 2009 IFF Achievement in Cinema Award and Donald Krim, President of Kino International, w...

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