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    Sundance Juries Include Banks, Posey, Spurlock, Vachon, Schwarzbaum

    Sundance Juries Include Banks, Posey, Spurlock, Vachon, Schwarzbaum

    Sundance has announced the members for its five juries for 2010. The ten-day fest fest gets under way January 21.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SpeedCine 2.0 Expands Global Reach

    On Monday, SpeedCine founder and CEO Reid Rosefelt goes international with a new language filter, design and features. Stand-up comedy and concert films are now visible on the site, along with a button for new releases.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

    Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

    While some Academy foreign language committee members have complained of the plethora of downbeat World War II/holocaust/war movies in this year's selection (as though member countries think this is what Academy voters tend to go for), the films cherry-picked from the Palm Springs Fest's program of 41 (out of 67) Oscar submissions for this year's annual filmmakers' panel were four contemporary Cannes entries. Ably moderated by Variety's Peter Debruge, the panel focused (in photo, from left) on Australia's Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton), Israel's Ophir-winner Ajami (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani), Belgium's The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groeningen) and Canada's French-language I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan).

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    Mark Webber Talks to Michael Cera

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

    Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

    Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, An Education and The Last Station, but also assemble a large selection of foreign Oscar submissions (not all are deemed worthy). A Fipresci jury will choose the best film and performances of the 41. Altogether the fest brings in about 1000 assorted folk to the robust--and growing-local fest, with help from distribs as well as various foreign consulates. We registered along with the filmmakers from Ajami, a tough Palestinian/Israeli drama that is Israel's entry.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Secret's Out - The Maid (2009)

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  • Week of Wonders
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  • Poverty Jetset
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    Thanks for the memories

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    A night out

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    The Dungeon Masters

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