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    Fall Fest Daily | "Black Swan," Tarantino and "Machete" Hit the Lido

    Rounding up the latest from the fall festival circuit on a daily basis...

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    Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

    The Venice Film Festival kick's off Wednesday, September 1st with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" to Julian Schnabel's "Miral" to Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegi...

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    In the Works: "Silver Tongues," the Environment, Being Big in Japan and Argentina & More

    This week's profiles of projects in various stages of production spotlights "Oz" star Lee Tergesen in a story of a dark couple who use their talents for a diabolical game. Other projects look at the interaction between indigenous and environmental movements, a rock band big in Japan, community actio...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Things The Fall Fests Should Say About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival today marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride and Toronto next week will offer both industry and - in Toronto's case at least - the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not factor into this year's big race. From new work by Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Julian Schnabel and Julie Taymor, to films that could rocket out of nowhere to feature prominently during awards season, these festivals should give a decent clue about what has so far been mostly speculation. Awards season is basically here, and it's up t...

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    China's Most Prolific Hitmaker Zhang Yimou Talks "Noodle Shop" with iW

    The Coen Brothers are known for their ability to create thick and enveloping moods. Their first feature film, 1984's "Blood Simple" was a dark, dusty, and definitely Southern. The Coens' film tells a tale of infidelity and retribution, in which the characters trip up and fall over themselves while...

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    Fall Preview: The 33 Must See Films

    Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes to Hollywood. The "Iron Man 2"s and the "Shrek 4"'s have come and gone, and for anyone who likes a medicore $200 million budgeted film probably aimed at teenaged boys, you're probably out of luck for at least a few mo...

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    Small Screen | "Red Riding" Threesome and "I Love You, Mommy" in Your Home

    In a relatively slow week for specialty releases on the small screen, the UK's "Red Riding" trilogy and Stephanie Wang-Breal's Silverdocs award-winning "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy" are given a chance to shine. The "Red Riding" trilogy, based on the novels by David Peace, chronicles crime and the spotty investigations that follow across ten years in West Yorkshire. The films (Julian Jarrold's "Red Riding: 1974" (criticWIRE rating: B+), James Marsh's "Red Riding: 1980" (criticWIRE rating: B), Anand Tucker's "Red Riding: 1983" (criticWIRE rating: B), which were made for Channel 4 in the UK and released in the U.S. as three separate films...

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    In His Own Words: Sean Baker Discusses an Exclusive Clip from "Prince of Broadway"

    Sean Baker's 2009 Independent Spirit Award nominee “Prince of Broadway” starts its U.S. theatrical run this Friday, September 3. Baker provided indieWIRE with an exclusive clip and commentary from his feature that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival back in 2008. Baker and the film's produce...

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    Lee Daniels and Sean Baker Talk Prince Of Broadway: An Honest Indie Gem

    Lee Daniels and Sean Baker talk to Sophia Savage about Baker's drama Prince of Broadway, which after lingering on the fest circuit, is finally hitting limited theaters September 3. Safe to say, Savage fell for this movie. So did Daniels.

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    Festival Dispatch | Germany's Genre-Defying Fantasy FilmFest Challenges, Stumps

    Founded in Berlin, but now extending across all of Germany, with screenings in five other cities from Hamburg to Munich, the Fantasy FilmFest has outgrown not only its geographic origins, but also the inbuilt limits of its own title. Far from the typical fanboy event its name suggests, the selection...

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