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    Cannes | Sleeping Beauty's Julia Leigh: "I like to get under people's skin"

    Walking out of the initial screening of first-time director Julia Leigh's Cannes competition film, "Sleeping Beauty" was met with a barrage of immediate opinions on the sexually charged feature - mostly negative. One Australian in the lobby said, "I can't believe this came from my country," while ot...

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    INTERVIEW | "Hey, Boo" Director Talks Harper Lee and Her Enduring Relevance

    Containing never-before-seen photos and letters, Mary McDonagh Murphy's documentary "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird," explores the renown author's life and aims to demystify the woman behind one of the most enduring literary classics of the 20th century. Murphy took some time out to answer some questions about her film via Email. The First Run Features release hits New York's Quad Cinema and Los Angeles' Laemmie Music Hall on May 13th. Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, "To Kill a Mockingbird" remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million co...

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    Five Projects iW is Rooting For: Justin Long & Weixler in "Lumpy," "Matthew Shepard" and More

    This week's in-production column has the usual slate of five we're rooting for, and we also have an announcement of an exciting partnership with what's become one of the most important institutions in indie film.

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    INTERVIEW | Directors' Fortnight Head Frederic Boyer: "When I feel like a professional, I'll quit."

    When Frederic Boyer inherited the mantle of artistic director of Directors' Fortnight from Olivier Pere last year, he had no intention of changing its brand. Technically a separate event from the main Cannes Film Festival, Fortnight was came into existence 42 years ago when several filmmakers create...

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    ‘DAILY’ FILM HISTORY ONLINE

    In the online era it might be difficult for young people to appreciate the role daily and weekly trade journals played in the movie industry way back when.

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    INTERVIEW | "The First Grader" Director Aims to Uplift and Make You Think

    "The First Grader," the moving true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager who fought for his right to go to school, finally lands in select theaters this Friday, May 13, after a long festival run following its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 2010. In an Email interview with indieWIRE, d...

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    Why Bin Laden's Death Is the Biggest Summer Movie of the Season

    The souped-up action spectacles that dominate the summer movie season invariably center around timeless battles between good and evil. As someone who makes a living as a film critic, I'm often asked to name which upcoming blockbuster release earns the price of admission. This year, I find no summer ...

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    The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

    Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy...

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    INTERVIEW | Director Jason Eisener on the Real-Life "Hobo With A Shotgun"

    "Hobo with a Shotgun," the splatterfest grindhouse homage with a title that keeps on giving, did things backward. In 2007, aspiring Canadian director Jason Eisener saw an announcement on Ain't It Cool News advertising a "Grindhouse" Trailer Contest, sponsored by the SXSW Film Festival and Robert Rod...

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