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    Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger

    The movie most likely to succeed this weekend is Roland Emmerich's 2012, which I look forward to seeing with a crowd. The critic-proof doomsday movie is expected to do $40-50 million on over 3400 screens. I just want to see the VFX. That's what Emmerich is good at. Even in the trailer John Cusack lo...

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    Must-See: M. Hulot's Holiday

    The Nuart is showing (November 27 to December 3) the pristine Cinematheque Francaise/Thomson/Technicolor restored print of M. Hulot's Holiday, originally shot in black-and-white in 1953 and reedited by Jacques Tati in 1978. Seeing the French comedy classic was a high point of Cannes last May.

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    Wild Animals: Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

    With the recent announcement that no less than 20 films were submitted for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar, 2009 can rightly be labeled something of a watershed year for the format. Of course, some of those entries are bland generic staples—the new Ice Age movie, the Chipmunks sequel, Battle for Terra, Monsters vs. Aliens—shiny, machine-tooled baubles designed to attract and pacify the youngest-audience quadrant for big studio profits. But considering entries like Coraline, 9, Ponyo, Up, the forthcoming A Town Called Panic, and Wes Anderson’s just-released Fantastic Mr. Fox, a strong case could be made for animation reemerging as not...

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    cinemadaily | Auteur Fever: Jerry Lewis & Tsai Ming-liang Retros Hit NY

    "Jerry Lewis: Clown prince of arrested development or the most cerebral Hollywood funny man since Buster Keaton?" asks the Village Voice's J. Hoberman. "Either you find Jer's manic outbursts funny, or you don't, but there's no disputing his ambition." Audiences in New York have the chance to decide ...

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    B.O. of the '00s: The Top Grossing Documentaries

    The 2010s are fast approaching - 48 days and counting - and indieWIRE is continuing this weekly Friday chart devoted to glancing back at the past ten years. With a film opening each weekend as a starting point, we're charting various sub-categories of 2000s film, focusing on their North American bo...

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    A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg Talks Coens

    In this three-part flipcam interview on the pool terrace of the Sunset Plaza Hotel, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg talks about how he came to be cast in the period dramedy, working with the Coen brothers, and how he is handling his serious good fortune. The fall release is likely to earn kudos...

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    Paranormal Activity Passes $100 Million Mark

    As Paranormal Activity passes the $100 million mark, Paramount Pictures is celebrating a huge profit on a tiny investment. While the original budget figure is $15,000, the studio spent quite a bit more than that on sprucing up the movie, prints and about $10 million in marketing. After only five wee...

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    Up in the Air TV Spot

    Here's the TV spot of Jason Reitman's adaptation of Walter Kirn's Up in the Air, starring George Clooney as an air-mile-obsessed executive, that was shown on the season finale Mad Men.

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    Finally Good News! Focus Boasts a Profit and its 2010 Slate

    Giving a rosy assessment of its year and unveiling highlights for 2010, Focus Features unveiled six movies that will anchor the specialty division's slate next year. The features range from American indies such as Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's ("Half Nelson") "It's Kind of a Funny Story," to what it d...

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    IDA Announces 2009 Doc Award Nominations

    The nominees for the International Documentary Association’s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards competition have been announced, with "Afghan Star," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Diary of a Times Square Thief," "Food, Inc.," and "Mugabe and the White African" all taking nominations for the top prize of bes...

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