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    FESTIVALS | "Last Chance Harvey" and "Burning Plain" Bookend 20th Palm Springs Film Fest

    Joel Hopkins' "Last Chance Harvey" will open the 20th Palm Springs International Film Festival, taking place in the California desert town January 8 - 19. The festival will host 210 films from 73 countries including 14 world, 48 U.S. and 16 North American debuts, including 50 of the 67 films submitt...

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    "WALL-E" Leads Chicago Critics' Winners

    The Chicago Film Critics' Association has announced the winners of their nominations, with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" leading, taking awards for best picture, best original screenplay, best animated feature, and best original score.

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    here! Takes "Eleven Minutes"

    Michael Selditch and Rob Tate's doc "Eleven Minutes" has been acquired by here! Films for worldwide rights the company announced Thursday. The film chronicles fashion designer and "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll's year-long journey while preparing his first independent runway show for New York...

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    First Run Announces New Acquisitions

    In 2009, First Run Features will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with the release of a number of new acquisitions, including Chiara Clemente's "Our City Dreams," Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob's "Carmen & Geoffrey," Allan Miller and Mark Podwal's "House of Life," Leslie Carde's "America Betrayed," Kate...

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    indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Mark Olsen

    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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    indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Laura Kern

    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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    "This Was a Gift": "The Visitor"'s Richard Jenkins

    "I never looked at this as ever leading to anything," actor Richard Jenkins said about making "The Visitor." "I trained myself years ago not to do that because I know how disappointing it all can be. So even though it's hard not to with people saying, 'Oh you're gonna get this, you're gonna do that...

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    IFC Extends "Che" Roadshow Into January

    Touting the continued success of the week-long "roadshow" screenings of Steven Soderbergh's "Che" in New York and Los Angeles, IFC Films has announced return engagements of the two-part roadshow at theaters in both cities, re-opening it next week and continuing the event through early January. The film, which earned more than $100,000 on two screens this week, selling out all of its Los Angeles screenings. It will re-open on December 24th at the IFC Center in New York and on December 26th at the Nuart in Los Angeles, with Soderbergh planning to do Q & A's in conjunction with the roadshow showings. "Che" will then debut theatrically as two sep...

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    On The Verge Between Reality, Fantasy and Dreams: "Waltz With Bashir" Director Ari Folman

    A trio of naked soldiers stride slowly through the sea past a floating corpse toward a Beirut of high-rise buildings luridly lit by orange flares. This hallucinatory image repeats like a leit motif throughout "Waltz with Bashir," an animated documentary by Israeli Ari Folman about war and memory. ...

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    Leap of Faith: Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"

    [An indieWIRE review from Reverse Shot.]

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