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    INTERVIEW | Chris Cornell on Making Music and Movies

    Between Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and his solo career, Chris Cornell has made a lot of music, but he isn't a movie-music veteran. He contributed unreleased solo tracks to films like "Mission Impossible II," "Great Expectations" and "Bug," with his first major original contribution b...

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    FUTURES | "50/50" Screenwriter Will Reiser on Making Cancer Funny

    Why He's On Our Radar: Reiser translated his close call with cancer in his late twenties into an unlikely comedy, "50/50," which was originally slated to be directed by Nicole Holofcener. The finished product, which premieres at TIFF this week, was directed by Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness") and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the afflicted protagonist. Seth Rogen co-stars as the character's raunchy, supportive friend. Although "50/50" was Reiser's first screenplay, it landed on the coveted Hollywood blacklist and opened the door for new opportunities to work on a personal project on a fairly large scale (Summit will release "50/50" later this...

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    NYFF '11 | Abel Ferrara Contemplates Sobriety and End of the World in "4:44"

    "It's a one-set film and you're going to live and die in the place you are," says Abel Ferrera about his latest film, "4:44 Last Day on Earth." Speaking to a Film Society at Lincoln Center audience last week, Ferrara discussed why he chose to confront the end of the world inside a New York apartment...

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    INTERVIEW | "Take Shelter" Director Jeff Nichols on How to Make an Indie Epic

    Only two movies out of the gate, Jeff Nichols is making his mark.

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    Juror's Notebook: Fantastic Fest Acclaim Will Put "Bullhead" Director Michael R. Roskam on the Map

    Participating in a film festival jury is never easy, since it requires a negotiation between personal taste and group consensus. However, the process offers a unique challenge at Fantastic Fest, where I've had the privilege of serving on juries for the past two years.

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    Here's the Project of the Week Winner: "I Used to Be Darker;" Vote Again!

    Thanks to your votes, the new film from "Putty Hill" director Matt Porterfield won Project of the Week contest for this week!

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    indieWIRE's 5 Hidden Gems from the 2011 New York Film Festival

    The New York Film Festival, which begins September 30, offers plenty on the surface: There's the new Roman Polanski (opening-night selection "Carnage"), the sweeter side of the Dardenne brothers ("The Kid With a Bike") and David Cronenberg turning his camera on the relat...

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    Charlton Heston's Son on "Ben-Hur": "I thought my dad was a professional chariot driver."

    William Wyler's epic "Ben-Hur," gets the deluxe treatment in Warner Bros.' 50th-anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. It hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray today and it's our pick of the week.

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    Video Interview: Michael Shannon Talks Festival Favorite Take Shelter, General Zod in Man of Steel

    With Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols' second collaboration, Take Shelter (the first was Shotgun Stories), the pair have hit the zeitgeist of personal and national identity crises. The film kicked off its healthy festival life at Sundance (SPC grabbed it before its premiere, and is r...

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    IW's Project of the Week "Rising Star"; Vote Again!

    Thanks to your votes, insurance adjuster romcom "Rising Star" won this weekend's Project of the Week contest for this week!

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