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    To Have and Have Not: Carmichael and Bacall Sing Am I Blue?

    The 1944 war-time romance To Have and Have Not marked Lauren "Betty" Bacall's first movie (she was 19). Discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Slim on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Bacall met Hawks and after she got the part (as "Slim"), her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, busting up his third m...

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    Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

    In an upset at Israel's Ophir Awards, Ajami beat out Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon today, tweets @Cinemascopian's Yair Raveh:

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    2 or 3 Things I Learned at NYFF Opening Night

    During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here's what I learned at the 47th NYFF opening night:

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    Who Should Play Barbie?

    Of course we don't even know what take Universal will have on its live-action movie based on Mattel's 50-year-old Barbie doll. Will it be a broad family comedy? What period? Tone? Mattel's sixteen animated videos sold 75 million units worldwide. Now they're gearing up a movie based on the universall...

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    Top Ten Trailers of the Week

    Visible Measures tracks the most-watched online film trailers each week. They chart unreleased films that are within ten weeks of general release. More often than not, the most-watched trailers measure audience interest in movies most likely to succeed.

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    Penn and Teller Go to the Bees

    Horrifying YouTube clip of Penn and Teller unleashing hordes of stinging, real bees. The cameraman is protected. They are not.

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    The 2009 New York Film Festival | Opening

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    iPOP Flashback | Celebs, Friends and Parties: Toronto '09 Pics are Worth a 1000 Words!

    Now that all the reviews, news (not that there was a ton of it) and features of the Toronto International Film Festival have been digested, why not take a little time out and check out indieWIRE's images from the fest in good ole' iPOP. Some attendees said they felt the "traffic" and events were com...

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    Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

    Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.

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    Ortenberg Leaving Weinstein Co.

    After about eight months at The Weinstein Company, Tom Ortenberg said tonight that he is leaving the company. The executive asked to be released from his contract, but did not detail the specific reason for his departure. He told indieWIRE tonight that he would have an additional announcement in the...

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