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    indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | John Anderson

    This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE's 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year's best -- and, in many cases, most overlooked -- films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of crit...

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    AFI Announces Top Ten of 2008

    The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2008, including their annual top ten list. Selections are made through AFI's 13-person jury process in which "scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection." The top ten are, in alphabetical order: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Iron Man," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler." AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the se...

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    "WALL-E," "Slumdog" Tie For Top Boston Honors

    The Boston Society of Film Critics' Awards were announced today, with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" and Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" tying for best picture of the year. "WALL-E" also won best animated film, while "Slumdog" picked up an award for Chris Dickens' editing. Gus Van Sant's "Milk" won the most honors, including Van Sant himself for directing (an award shared for his work on "Paranoid Park") and Dustin Lance Black for best screenplay. Sean Penn tied "The Wrestler"'s Mickey Rourke for best actor, while Sally Hawkins, Heath Ledger and Penelope Cruz continued sweeps or near-sweeps of critics' awards for actress, supporting actor and ...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Puttin' on the Ritz: 5th DIFF Dazzles and Spotlights the Downtrodden

    "This is a great city and a crossroads of trade," praised director Oliver Stone Thursday night prior to the opening night screening of his latest "W." at the Dubai International Film Festival. Though the film has already opened at home, it is quite a testament for a festival that is only in its fifth year to get the likes of Stone and others to travel literally halfway around the world. And why not? Let's face it, the film industry - both Hollywood and Indiewood, or what there is left of it - is drawn to events that offer a glitzy good time. And the very word "Dubai" conjures images of over the top wealth and zillion dollar development. And q...

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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | Fest Organizers Look to Online Options While Anticipating Recession

    The International Film Festival Summit wrapped its 5th edition earlier this week, having returned to Las Vegas proper after a detour last year in Henderson, NV, and perhaps as a result boasted a significant increase in registered attendees. The three-day event drew festival organizers from all over the U.S., as well as a few international colleagues as a professional forum to discuss a wide range of issues relevant to this small but specialized subset of the film industry, from practical considerations of sponsorship, marketing, ticketing, board development, and programming, to more far-reaching philosophical explorations of the role of film ...

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    Screen Media Has "Affair"

    William Sten Olsson's "An American Affair, a "presidential thriller" starring Gretchen Mol and Noah Wyle, has been acquired by Screen Media Films. The company acquired worldwide rights from Astrakan Films and has readied the film for a US theatrical release on February 27, 2009. The deal was negotiated by President of Screen Media Films Robert Baruc and Executive Vice President David Fannon. Astrakan Films was represented by ICM and attorney William Archer. Screen Media will launch the film in 5 US cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, and will platform nationwide thereafter. It will introduce the film to international bu...

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    Fifteen Make Academy's Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards: "Australia," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Cloverfield," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Hancock," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "The Incredible Hulk," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Iron Man," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spiderwick Chronicles." In early January, the members of the Academy's Visu...

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    Jackman to Host Oscars

    Actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to host the 81st Academy Awards on on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia," Jackman's credits include films in the X-Men series and work on stage in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," among others.

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    Spitzer and Slate

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