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    For Your Consideration: Final Oscar Winner Predictions, Part II

    Last week, this column took on the artistic and technical categories at this year's Academy Awards and complained that things looked mighty predictable. While that remains the case, this time around we'll take a look at a group of categories where the majority of Oscar night's suspense should lie. W...

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    Brad Anderson: "If you're doing an apocalyptic movie, Detroit's the place to go."

    It's easy to forget that director Brad Anderson began his career with romantic comedies. After making his mark at Sundance with "The Darien Gap," "Next Stop Wonderland" and "Happy Accidents," Anderson switched gears completely and made psychological thrillers "Session 9" and "The Machinist," starrin...

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    "We Are What We Are" Director On Making a 'Personal' Cannibal Tale

    This interview with "We Are What We Are" director Jorge Michel Grau was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 New York Film Festival. The film opens this Friday, February 18.For a rookie with one film out of the gate, Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau has had quite year. His feature film debut, "We Are What We Are" ("Somos lo que hay"), a grisly cannibal family melodrama and horror mashup, began its journey in March at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, went on to land a coveted spot in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in May, and got subsequently nabbed by IFC Films for U.S. distribution. Since then Grau's fil...

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    OSCARS 2011 | "Incendies" Director Denis Villeneuve

    This interview with "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The Canadian film has since gone on to garner a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.Quebec director Denis Villeneuve received a standing ovation from a clearly stunned audience following the premiere screening of "Incendies" on Monday evening in Toronto. Last week it received raves during its sneak in Telluride and the film received praise and a standing ovation in Venice. Certainly not light viewing, the film - broken into chapters - slowly reveals ...

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    OSCARS 2011 | "Blue Valentine" Actress Michelle Williams

    Back in December, Anne Thompson caught up with Michelle Williams shortly following the announcement that she nabbed a Best Actress Spirit Awards nomination for her work in Derek Cianfrance's breakup drama "Blue Valentine." Williams has since gone on to garner an Oscar nomination in the same departme...

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    Weinstein "Unauthorized": 10 Things Avrich's Doc Says About Harvey (That You Probably Already Know)

    A few months before its premiere Stateside, Barry Avrich's doc "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project" quietly made its world premiere this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Technically a Canadian production (though beyond the presence of TIFF's Piers Handling as a talking head, it's hard to tell), Avrich's doc has been the subject of considerable curiosity since it was announced last summer as "a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account" of Weinstein that IFC would be releasing in the United States (which they will this Spring). A bit of a coup for the fledging Toronto film center (which has had some very inspired prog...

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    A Modest Proposal: Why Justin Bieber's Movie Is More Important Than “The Social Network"

    I hereby nominate Justin Bieber documentary "Never Say Never” as the time capsule for our millennial moment. It is the film that cuts closest to The Way We Live Now, plus it’s the only sign-of-the-times that’s been remixed and retrofitted as an all-singing, all-dancing 3D...

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    Berlinale 2011 | 3D Films Take Center Stage

    3D films took centerstage at the Berlinale yesterday as three films in the festival's main program. Adventurous audience members chanced sore eyes and the fashion faux pas of unwieldy glasses to appreciate three films who utilized 3D technology in fresh and innovative ways.

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    SPIRITS 2011 | Someone to Watch Award Winner Mike Ott

    Writer/director Mike Ott took home the Acura Someone to Watch Award for his second feature, "Littlerock." The film tells the story of a Japanese student who finds herself stranded in a small California desert town during a sightseeing trip. Her newfound sense of freedom inspires her to extend her st...

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    Berlinale 2011 | An Open Letter from Jafar Panahi

    Jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi took center stage as the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival launched Thursday. Jury president Isabella Rossellini read an open letter from the dissident filmmaker who was sentenced to six years in prison and forbidden from making a film for two decades after...

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