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    'Festen' Director Thomas Vinterberg Teams With Mads Mikkelsen For Drama 'The Hunt'

    Considering that he co-founded the Dogme movement, and made the best of its films, in "Festen" (or "The Celebration"), a picture that's proved highly influential across the last decade-and-a-half or so (David Fincher seems to be a fan, as there are certainly echoes of the film in the trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), it's disappointing that Thomas Vinterberg's career has proceeded in fits and starts ever since. It took him five years to follow-up "Festen," and that sophomore picture, the ambitious, but misshapen "It's All About Love," with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn, was critically slaughtered, while the Lars Vo...

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    IDA and Cinema Eye 2011 Nominations: The Women

    The International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Cinema Eye, two documentary organizations unveiled their 2011 nominees last week. Women filmmakers are very prevalent.

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    Composer Jerod Tate Reportedly Scoring Terrence Malick's (Still) Untitled Next Movie

    It's hard to believe, but Terrence Malick essentially has three movies on the way, something we never thought we'd type. There is his "Voyage Of Time" documentary that has Brad Pitt and Emma Thompson signed up to narrate; that mystery Christian Bale project that popped up filming at the Austin City Limits music festival last month (more on that in a moment) and the already wrapped, and still untitled drama with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Charles Baker and in a small role, Jessica Chastain. Of the trio of pictures, this one seems to be the one closest to the finish line and it look l...

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    Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Sundance Institute: Vote for indieWIRE's Projects of the Month!

    October is now over, and it's time to choose one of our Projects of the Week to be named October's Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from the Sundance Institute!

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    ‘Toy Story 3′ Writer Michael Arndt To Tackle Disney’s ‘Phineas And Ferb’

    If he doesn't have a key already, they might as well give him one because Michael Arndt -- the Oscar winning writer of "Little Miss Sunshine" and one of the co-writers of "Toy Story 3" (that also earned him a nomination) -- is going to be a fixture on the Disney lot for the next few years. This year...

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    011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,”

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    Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

    As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinc...

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    Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

    Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in...

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    Weekend Box Office: Puss In Boots Stomps Timberlake's In Time and Depp's Rum Diary

    DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots stomped all over weaker rivals In Time and The Rum Diary this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as Three Musketeers in 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped over 60%. Charles Lyons reports on the box office this wintry Wo...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Puss In Boots' Purrs To No. 1 As Wintery Weekend Affects Bottom Line Totals

    Opening up on 3,952 screens DreamWorks Animation’s 3D "Puss In Boots," a spin-off of the popular and lucrative "Shrek" series, was always going to do well. Even critics were on board this time (an 81% RT score), including our own positive Playlist review. However, competing with Halloween and Hallow...

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