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    A New World Order? Looking at AFI and Doha Tribeca Fests

    I traveled to two festivals on opposite ends of the globe last week and saw two vastly different approaches to adapting large film events to the new economic realities.

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    "Collapse" Director Chris Smith: "It was all an attempt to get the audience inside Michael's head."

    Chris Smith's "Collapse" is a feature-length interview with conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert, a man whose ideas are often as scary as they are true. For many, Ruppert is saying what the rest of us are too afraid to think about. From the financial crisis, to international politics and global war...

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    cinemadaily | "Precious" Polarizes

    "'Precious' is a hybrid, a mash-up that might have been ungainly, but that manages to be graceful instead," writes the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "It’s partly a bootstrap drama of resilience and redemption, complete with a hardworking teacher wrangling a classroom full of disadvantaged girls. It’s ...

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    For Your Consideration: Assessing The Major Oscar Categories

    What's been a slow awards season build since Toronto and Venice kicked things off two months ago is about to become an accelerated horserace. With Fox Searchlight's announcement yesterday that they were bumping up awards bait "Crazy Heart" for 2009 Oscar consideration, it's reasonable to believe tha...

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    cinemadaily | Will US Audiences "Stare at Goats"?

    Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats" is the first of three chances for George Clooney to prove himself this November. Clooney, who produced the film, stars as a US soldier, stationed in Kuwait, who attempts to win the war with mental combat. Jeff Bridges plays the leader of this motley crew. His character was, in fact, a peacenik who tried to change the world through "Kumbaya"s until he discovered this new form of warfare. The film is structured on the reporting by an American reporter (Ewan McGregor) sent to research the unit. Critics have failed to form a consensus on the film that may be the first of Clooney's three big hits th...

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    "That Evening Sun" Director Scott Teems: "My kids say I look like Jesus"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.

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    Scorsese on "The Red Shoes": "It's cinema as music"

    Nearly ten years ago, at the turn of the millenium, Martin Scorsese selected "The Red Shoes," co-directed by his closest collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker's late husband, Michael Powell, to be the first movie he'd project in his private screening in the year 2000. Scorsese, Schoonmaker and a few compa...

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    AFI Fest | Tapping in the Power of Free

    The 2009 edition of AFI Fest, which opened last Friday in Hollywood with the North American premiere of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," reflects radical changes made in the past year to the basic DNA of the American Film Institute's annual fall event. The festival's central venue has shifted fro...

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    Sundance Fest Going Nationwide, For One Night Only

    For one night during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the event will expand beyond Park City, UT to theaters in eight American cities. On January 28, 2010, eight Sundance '10 filmmakers will take their films from San Franciso, CA to Brooklyn, NY and beyond. Dubbed Sundance Film Festival U.S.A, the n...

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    cinemadaily | On Point: "La Danse" in Theaters

    "In 'La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet,' his 36th documentary in more than 40 years, Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the stately and elegant Palais Garnier in Paris, observing rehearsals, staff meetings and, finally, performances of seven dances, including classics like 'The Nutcracker' and spiky new work by younger choreographers," writes the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "To say that the film, sumptuous in its length and graceful in its rhythm, is a feast for ballet lovers is to state the obvious and also to sell Mr. Wiseman’s achievement a bit short. Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there’s more to it than tha...

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