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    REVIEW | The Coens Get Personal With Oddly Compelling "Serious Man"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "A Serious Man" opens this Friday in limited release.

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    "A Serious Man" and Serious Layoffs.

    "A Serious Man" and Serious Layoffs.

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    Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

    Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?

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    Bad B.O. Weekend: Surrogates, Fame Flop, Capitalism Scores

    It was a nasty weekend for studio openers. Disney's $80-million robot thriller Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, flopped with an estimated $15-million opening; MGM's sagging fortunes were not buttressed by the ill-conceived $18-million teen musical remake Fame, the only movie they've opened in mont...

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    MoMA Indie Summit Hashes Out Crisis

    I came to New York to help moderate a Friday afternoon Indie Summit organized by MoMA's Rajendra Roy, IndieWIRE and Marian Koltai-Levine of Zipline Entertainment, one of several new companies that have sprung up to help indie filmmakers release their movies. That's a sign of the "indie crisis" that ...

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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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    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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    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 BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2009 New York Film Festival | Opening

    The 2009 New York Film Festival | Opening

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