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    "Lucy" Leads Toronto Critics' Awards

    In a nice change of pace from the predictable rotation of best picture winners happening around the United States, the Toronto Film Critics' Association named Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" best picture of the year, in addition to honoring its star, Michelle Williams, as best actress. "Rachel Getting Married" was another big winner, taking best director (Jonathan Demme), best screenplay (Jenny Lumet) and best supporting actress (Rosemarie DeWitt). "Rachel" was also the runner-up for best picture, while Anne Hathaway was the runner-up for best actress. Both films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as did best actor winner...

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    Berlinale Adds Doc To Generation Section

    Thirteen films have already been selected to participate in the "Generation" section of the 2009 Berlinale - seven in "Kplus" and six in "14plus." A record number of more than 1000 films have been submitted this year. For the first time, Generation will screen a documentary for its younger audiences in the Kplus competition. Mexican director Eugenio Polgovsky's "Los herederos" explores how "hard work defines the lives and existence of children and their families." "We cannot ignore documentary material that has such an enormous impact on the screen," said section director Maryanne Redpath in a statement. The selection process for Generation w...

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    Cowal Promoted At Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has announced that Matt Cowal has been promoted to Vice President of Publicity and Marketing for Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing. Cowal has been with the company for nearly two years, previously serving as Director of Publicity and Marketing, overseeing regional publicity an...

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    Dallas, Houston Critics Weigh In With Awards

    Two Texas critics' groups announced their annual awards, with the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics' Association giving best picture to Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and the Houston Film Critics' Association feting David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." The groups agreed on Boyle for best director, as well as all acting honors: "Milk's "Sean Penn for best actor, "Rachel Getting Married"'s Anne Hathaway for best actress, "The Dark Knight"'s Heath Ledger for best supporting actor, and "Doubt"'s Viola Davis for best supporting actress. They split on screenplay honors, with Dallas honoring Dustin Lance Black"'s "Milk" script and Hou...

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    iW NEWS | Green Film Starts Reichert's "Gerrymandering"

    Green Film Company announced the start of production on its third film, Jeff Reichert's political documentary "Gerrymandering". The film is financed by a bi-partisan investor group formed by leading online education entrepreneur Bill Mundell, and written and directed by Jeff Reichert, former Senior ...

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    indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Matthew Wilder

    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 | Mike D'Angelo

    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 | Tom Hall

    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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    5 Worst Oscar Hosts

    by Christopher Campbell

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