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    Ho Yuhang: Leader of the pack

    So I finally met the leader of the pack. Adian Napitupulu was a student leader who participated in bringing down Suharto, Indonesia's ex-President.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sofia Coppola Needs to Escape the Safety Zone

    Sofia Coppola Needs to Escape the Safety Zone

    The Safety Zone is a dangerous place to be for filmmakers. When it comes to making movies, danger and risk is a good thing. And while I'm not saying that directors should pander to the widest possible audience, I do think that playing to an audience of one, yourself, is a must-to-avoid. Too many filmmakers seem to believe that staying in control is their best course. To a degree, it's wise not to cede control to the wrong people. But input and collaboration bring vital nourishment.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kevin Smith Decides To Screen 'Red State' For Critics After All; Announces Career Makeover

    We can't even keep up the man anymore. Anyway, with Sundance just a few weeks away, Kevin Smith has done what some would call a total reversal on his position of no press screenings for "Red State." But there's a catch. There are only 50 spots available for the screening that will take place in Kevin Smith's house. Any potential conflict of interest issues, you see? Perhaps that's in the eye of the beholder. You can hit up the director to request a spot via Twitter but we imagine they will go pretty quickly.

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  • The Playlist
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    27 Of Our Favorite Onscreen Moments In 2010

    First, we’ll start you off with a warning: there are plenty of plot spoilers within, so if you haven’t seen the movies on this list you might want to do yourself a favor and watch them first before having some key scenes, and in some cases even the ending, ruined for you.

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    Review: 'The Way Back' Is A Stride Of Pride

    Reinventing the struggles of yesterday for cinematic purposes is a practice as old as the art form itself. Of course, there’s the three-act structure and the Joseph Campbell bullshit that contorts history into protagonist(s) battling incredible odds to provide a last second miracle, with theme being the overriding purpose. Did our hero save a lot of people? Did he/she rewrite the course of history and lay the groundwork for what’s going on today in our world? Should we count our lucky stars that one noble freedom fighter did what he needed to do to preserve our future and teach us a lesson about appreciating humanity?

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    The 20 Must-See Films of 2010

    All week here in California -- on a relaxing holiday break -- I've been catching up on some of the best movies of this past year.

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  • Spout
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    If 2010's Movie Characters Were on Facebook: Connecting the Year in Film via the Social Network

    If there was one movie in 2010 that had everyone talking it's "The Social Network." It may not have been the most popular (it is only the 29th highest-grossing movie of the year) or the best reviewed (it's the 7th, according to Rotten Tomatoes), but it does have the best showing on year-end Top Ten lists and critics group awards (see indieWIRE's tracking here, and see MCN scorecards here and here). And of course that Time magazine honor for the real Mark Zuckerberg. It will also very likely win Best Picture at the Oscars.

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  • The Playlist
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    Terry Gilliam To Shoot Short Film 'The Wholly Family' In Italy In January

    While he spent most of the year struggling to mount his cursed project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," Terry Gilliam certainly hasn't been sitting idle, rocking a webcast for Arcade Fire in August, directing an energy drink mini-movie thing “The Legend Of Hallowdega,” and he’s currently gearing up for a production of Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” at the English National Opera in London. But it looks like he's going to squeeze in one more film project before he focuses on the stage.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    An Alternative Top Ten for 2010.

    Today indieWIRE announced a group of top ten lists submitted by industry friends and contributors to the site. Since I already listed my favorites from 2010, I decided to offer a separate list of titles that in another year could just as easily serve as my favorites. After the jump, the alternative list and trailers to accompany each entry.

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    2010 In Reverse: 7 What-Could-Have-Been Films

    Projects come and projects go. Actors and directors join or spearhead them and then sometimes they leave. Sometimes it's not personal, sometimes it's downright acrimonious. We're not crying over spilled milk or anything, but there were a handful of high profile films in 2010 that started one way, then headed in an entirely different direction. In some cases it was for the better, in some cases for the worse, in some cases it just doesn't make much difference to anyone, but as we were thinking of the bigger news items of 2010, we thought it would be fun to look back on the history of some of the films that finally made their way to the big screen this year. So here's seven projects that began -- or reportedly began in some cases -- with certain talent and filmmakers and then, for whatever reason, took a different turn.

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