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    For Your Consideration: Re-Assessing The Major Categories

    Six weeks ago, one the first editions of this column looked at all the major races in a pre-precursor assessment that was more or less based purely on buzzes and whispers. With this morning's announcement of the Screen Actors Guild nominations, and the two weeks of near-daily announcements that preceded it (get a full rundown of all of them here), iW figured it was time to make a re-assessment. All the films have been seen and discussed by major critics and bloggers, and the vast majority of December's onslaught of awards are over. The next big announcements won't come until early January, when the National Society of Film Critics, the Dir...

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    cinemadaily | "Crazy Heart" Beats Into Theaters

    "'Crazy Heart,' written and directed by Scott Cooper, is a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center. It offers some picturesque views of out-of-the-way parts of the American West, but the dominant feature of its landscape is Bad Blake, a wayward, aging country singer played by Jeff Bridges. Those last four words should be sufficient recommendation," says A.O. Scott of the New York Times. He concludes, reinforcing his praise for Mr. Bridges, "When Robert Duvall (a producer of 'Crazy Heart') turns up as one of Bad’s old friends, you might also remember Mac Sledge, the Bad Blake figure he played in Bruce Beresford’s 19...

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    Decade: Miranda July on "Me and You and Everyone We Know"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2005 with an inte...

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    Hot Shorts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Sparks" Fires Up Wholphin Screening

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's crafty adaptation of Elmore Leonard's arson investigation story, Spike Jonze's birthday present to Maurice Sendak, Spencer Susser's ode to teenage romance amidst zombie infestation, and Justin Nowell's meditation on fake orgasms were four of the six shorts screened at the Whol...

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    Building Cultural Bridges in Dubai

    Dubai appears to have an almost fanatical prediliction for world firsts and records, and on Sunday they added an unlikely honour to an ever growing list, when their film festival apparently became the first ever “to feature a queen and a neuroscientist on the same stage”.

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    Decade: Michael Moore on "Fahrenheit 9/11"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2004 with an inte...

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    "Life" in Dubai: Controversial Premiere Marks First Major Emirati Feature

    The very first big-budget feature to come out of the United Arab Emirates, Ali F Mostafa's "City of Life"'s world premiere was the talk of the Dubai International Film Festival this weekend. While the country turns out 60-70 short films a year, and seven domestic features are screening at DIFF, non...

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    Decade: Sofia Coppola on "Lost in Translation"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2003 with an inte...

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    cinemadaily | "Avatar" Buzz, Madcap Manhattan, More

    Catching up with news from this weekend:

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    Eugene Hernandez: Tracking the Critics

    December 14, 2009, New York, NY -- In theaters, via VOD, online and DVD, more and more movies are available on various platforms these days, but with so many options, how do you filter to find new and classic films? Personally speaking, I mainly rely on friends and film critics.

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