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    Viral Videogame Trailer Sensation 'Dead Island' May Or May Not Be Heading For Big Screen

    Also, Who Gives A Shit?We hope you've seen it by now, but an excellent GQ article by Mark Harris, author of the outstanding "Scenes From A Revolution" started to make the rounds in the last week or so. Entitled "The Day The Movies Died," it traces the current sad, sequel-happy nature of Hollywood filmmaking, and why the $800 million success of "Inception," and the more minor box office triumphs of "True Grit," "Black Swan," "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter," don't mean that movies based on board games or prequels to forgotten 7'0s cartoon series are going away any time soon (you can read more of our thoughts on that piece here).

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    IFC Goes Before Theaters With 'Peep World'

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    'The Social Network' & 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' Win Big At ACE Eddie Awards

    Last night we tweeted some teasers from our gig on the ACE Eddie Awards Red Carpet, but there were a few things we left out. Held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the night was a fancy affair for sure, but also a celebration of an art, that in so many ways, is invisible. As Eddie winner for "Temple Grandin" Leo Trombetta said it, "[our job] is to make sure our work doesn't draw attention to itself," but last night was an event meant to shine a light on the men and women who sit in small dark rooms for long long hours shaping the films that we know and love. Many of the nominees are also up for the Oscars next week, and Eddie winners have traditionally been a strong indicator of who will take home Oscar. So change those Oscar pool votes if you need to, as Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter of "The Social Network" took home the Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (Drama) -- a category whose winner has also taken home the Best Editing Oscar for the past decade.

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    Berlinale Awards

    Separation's Director Asghar Farhadi accepting the Golden Bear What a thrill is was to go to the Closing Night of the Berlinale. It felt like a night among royalty. Dieter Kosslick, with his funny twists in welcoming guests and sponsors, was accompanied by a golden comedienne who translated into English, occasionally lapsing into other unintelligible languages. My stars are those of the business world. The international audience included Francine Brucher, head of Swiss Films, Claudia Landsberger head of Holland's Eye Film Institute, Mohammad Esfandiari of Farabi Cinema Foundation (Iran), etc. and when Beki Probst entered, my section (I was sitting among my market colleagues) almost broke into a standing ovation. It has been a great market with lots of sales, more pickups from Sundance than ever before which were selling well along with the rest, winning prizes (On the Ice notably won Best First Feature giving me extra nachas for having blogged about it in Sundance.). And the festival fare was solid. The antiticipation among us was high; while we had been tipped that Iran's Nader and Simin: A Separation might win, we were astounded that Isabella Rossellini's jury awarded both Best Actor and Best Actress Awards to the entire male and female ensembles of the film as well. How thrilling to be among the Iranians at that moment, to share their joy after having received rather mixed government orders to return home when the popular uprising took hold once again in Iran. To be at an international film festival in the midst of the world's upheavals, seeing films from the very countries in the news was another extraordinary experience I shall never forget. After the Awards, we watched A Separation, a complex and beautiful film about the nature of justice which cannot exist if it is based upon a lie, how all adults lie even with the best intentions, and how the children, who only want love and truth are the ones to suffer the results. To cap it off, Memento, the international sales company of Emilie Georges with mistress of sales Tanya Meissner, sold off almost every territory by showtime Saturday night, an equally rare event for the festival films, even for the winners. "We had offers five minutes after the very first market screening before any press review came out," said Meissner. See Rights Roundup for sales.For all awards see IndieWIRE.

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    Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson 'Unknown' No Longer As Thriller Bests 'I Am Number Four'

    Hey, have you heard of “Taken”? Moviegoers (who helped the film gross $145 million domestically even after seeing an expansive worldwide release - take that, piracy!) certainly do. Hence, “Unknown,” the latest in what is becoming the Liam Neeson Action Line, looks poised to do a decent $21 million. The Warner Bros. thriller faced colorful competition, leading one to believe Liam Neeson could generously be considered a solid A-List presence who can get films in his wheelhouse to a $20 million+ opening. Not bad for a 58-year-old Oscar nominee (how has this guy never won?).

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    Oscar Watch: Editors Award Dramatic Feature to The Social Network, Doc to Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Oscar Watch: Editors Award Dramatic Feature to The Social Network, Doc to Exit Through the Gift Shop

    At Saturday's ACE editing awards---where The Social Network won best dramatic feature, Exit Through the Gift Shop won best documentary, and Toy Story 3 won best animated feature, forecasting likely Oscar wins--I was moved by Steven Spielberg's warm tribute to ACE career award-winner Michael Kahn, age 75. (Video of show, tribute reel, interview with Kahn and full list of TV and film winners are below.)

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    Is 'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels Directing Sofia Vergara & Bradley Cooper In 'The Paperboy'?

    Alex Pettyfer Also Reportedly Offered RoleIf director Lee Daniels can't choose a directorial follow-up to his Sundance indie hit, "Precious," it's not for lack of trying. The filmmaker has myriad options including the Civil Right-era drama "Selma" (which might be shelved because no studio cares about civil rights films anymore) and "The Butler" starring Denzel Washington as Eugene Allen an African-American butler that served the White House for 34 years and 8 presidents. The problem is none of those films are in eye-popping 3D, feature super heroes in tight pants and/or aren't part nine of some kid magician series, so no one's really interested in funding them. Three other gestating projects, a musical ("The Scottsboro Boys"), a remake of Fellini’s "Nights of Cabiria," and a literary adaptation that takes place during the 1920s cigar industry ("Anna In the Tropics"), all have as much chance of being made as "Calculus Math Textbook: The Movie."

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    Olivier Assayas & Abbas Kiarostami Shooting New Films This Spring

    Assayas Taking On '70s Coming Of Age Tale 'Something In The Air'; Kiarostami Tackling Japanese-Language Relationship Pic 'The End'In the thick of the Berlin Film Festival market, MK2 Productions have revealed they are are going full steam ahead with new projects, getting behind Olivier Assayas and Abbas Kiarostami for follow ups to their respective hits at the Cannes Film Festival last year, "Carlos" and "Certified Copy."

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    New Photos From 'The Hangover 2,' 'Dream House,' & 'Limitless'

    A handful of new images to share: first up is a new still from Todd Phillip's "The Hangover" sequel which shows Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis getting amongst it and clearly exhibiting two previously discussed physical transformations in Helm's Mike Tyson-esque face tattoo and Galifianakis' shaved head. Things have been extremely quiet on the marketing end for the film but all of that will soon change with the first trailer set to be unveiled this week.

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    Adaptation of "Lotus Flower"

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