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    cinemadaily | "Daybreakers" Comes to Light in Theaters

    "Daybreakers," the vampire film that took first runner-up at Toronto's first ever genre-focused Midnight Madness People's Choice Award, comes from writers/directors Michael & Peter Spierig. The Spierig brothers previously previously helmed the zombie flick "Undead." "Daybreakers," an Australia/US co-production starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, is released in the US tomorrow. "Michael and Peter Spierig...place their story in a world in the near future, when whatever plague caused people to turn into vampires won out; there are few humans remaining, and they hide, so that they won't be used as the bottom rung on the food chain," writes ...

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    Sundance ‘10 | “The Oath" Director Laura Poitras On Her Portrait of Post-9/11 America

    Director Laura Poitras' documentary "The Oath" is the second installment in a planned trilogy that includes her previous film "My Country, My Country" (2006), which was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. "The Oath," which is screening as part of the Sundance Fi...

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    Sundance '10 | "Blue Valentine" Director Cianfrance On the Film's 11 Year Road

    Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance returns to Sundance with his U.S. Dramatic Competition film, "Blue Valentine," described as an "intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage." Cianfrance won the Cinematography Award (Dramatic) for "Streets of Legend" in 2003 and directed 1998's "Brother Tied...

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    iW Video | Reverse Shot Direct Address: Michael Haneke

    "I think that any director--any author, in fact--is more interested in the existential questions; the political component is secondary," explains Austrian director Michael Haneke in this edition of Reverse Shot Direct Address. "Whether you're making a film or writing a novel, you're dealing less wit...

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    Sundance '10 | Alex Gibney Talks Scandal with Doc Competition Film "CASINO JACK"

    Oscar-winner Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Darkside") returns to Sundance with his latest film, "CASINO JACK & The United States of Money," a world premiere screening in the festival's U.S. Documentary Competition. The film is a portrait of disgraced Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff beginning with his early years as a "gung-ho" member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah--confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops, and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money co...

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    "Waiting for Armageddon"'s David Heilbroner: "Just grab a camera and get to work"

    The doc "Waiting for Armageddon" centers on the evangelical Christian obsession with the Biblical account of the Armageddon and its real-life enactment. "Armageddon" follows three American families as they explain their theories on the Apocalypse. The film follows one of the families on a trip to Israel and details another family's worries that the second coming of Christ may come before their daughters get married and have kids. The film will have a limited one week run, beginning January 8, 2010, at the Cinema Village in New York. The film's director David Heilbroner responded to questions from indieWIRE in conjunction with the New York...

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    cinemadaily | Top "Dog": Kurosawa Retro, "Sweetgrass," More

    New York's Film Forum kicks off a 30-film retrospective of the films of Akira Kurosawa today with a nine-day run of his 1949 noir "Stray Dog." The series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Japanese director's birth which Criterion has also celebrated with the release of a massive box set.

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    cinemadaily | Film Society Reminisces About "My Dinner with Andre"

    As part of a Louis Malle retrospective series, the Film Society at Lincoln Center will be screening Malle's 1981 indie classic "My Dinner with Andre." The film's stars, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, will be on hand for tomorrow's screening of the film. The two will talk about themselves, each o...

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    cinemadaily | Criterion Controversy

    The Criterion Collection is offering a tantalizing, if cryptic glimpse into possible upcoming Blu-ray releases--some announced and some not--on its website in the form of a New Year's e-card by artist Jason Polan. Could Criterion Blu-ray editions of Antonioni's "Red Desert," Malick's "Days of Heaven...

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