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    Telluride Review: The King's Speech Heads for Oscars

    Critic Tim Appelo reports from Telluride that The King's Speech is a serious Oscar contender. Buck Henry likened the Telluride Film Festival to Valhalla, the place where cinema’s great warriors go for eternal glory – say, tonight’s tribute honoree Claudia Cardinale. But Valhalla is Old Norse for “Ha...

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    Review: "Somewhere"

    On the evidence provided in "Somewhere," the room to book at the Chateau Marmont is 59, which comes with blond pole-dancing twins. Then again, maybe you have to be a rich, good-looking movie star to merit such treatment, and the focus on undeserved privilege is one of the few points of real interest in Sofia Coppola's first feature since "Marie Antoinette." This junior league Antonioniesque study of dislocation and aimlessness is attractive but parched in the manner of its dominant Los Angeles setting, and it's a toss-up as to whether the film is about vacuity or is simply vacuous itself. Never giving but always willing to receive, Johnny M...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

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    Fest Review Round-Up: Never Let Me Go, Tabloid, Somewhere

    While the Venice Fest is on its fourth day, Telluride got under way Friday night with screenings of Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, Errol Morris's latest doc Tabloid and Peter Weir's prisoner-of-war drama The Way Back, which fewer people instantly reviewed. @EugeneNovikov tweeted: "THE WAY BACK (B) ...

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    Distributor Profile: Icarus Films

    All information published in the indieWIRE Distributor Profiles is provided by the individual company.

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    Venice Hit By Torrential Storm

    The forecast was for rain today in Venice, and sure enough a powerful wind and rain storm hit the Lido, knocking down tents and vendor stands and flooding stores on the main beach drag.

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    Does Nathalie Portman Deserve Top Billing? "Black Swan" Poster Changed

    Does Nathalie Portman Deserve Top Billing? "Black Swan" Poster Changed

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    Spout About: "Machete" -- Too Blunt or Just Dumb Fun?

    Spout About is a prompt for discussion of a movie you've already seen, in this case Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' "Machete." The post and its comments may include spoilers. We encourage you to watch the movie and then come back and talk about it in full without tiptoeing around plot points or...

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    It's a Nice Day for Jann Turner's "White Wedding"

    An accomplished TV and documentary writer, director and editor in her native South Africa, Jann Turner is making her feature directorial debut with "White Wedding," which opens today, September 3 in New York and Los Angeles. A road comedy about a groom-to-be's attempt to reach his nuptials in time, "White Wedding" humorously engages with the heritage of apartheid, acknowledging that deep-seated racism remains while suggesting that it can be overcome. Turner and her stars (and good friends), Kenneth Nkosi ("District 9," "Tsotsi") and Rapulana Seiphemo ("Jerusalema," "Tsotsi), co-wrote the script, based on their own experiences living in the cr...

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    Sean Baker, director of 'Prince of Broadway'

    Sean Baker, director of 'Prince of Broadway'

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