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    Highs, Edward Norton, Hef and Breakout Filmmakers at Huge Seattle Film Fest

    One of the high points of my brief tasting of the Seattle International Film Festival this year (May 20 - June 13) was the tribute to the articulate Edward Norton. After scenes from "Primal Fear," "The Incredible Hulk," and "Fight Club" were screened, the moved sta...

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    Small Screen | Scorsese, "Oceans," and Gay Pride Docs Look to Find a Home

    During its theatrical release, Leonard Maltin called Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" (criticWIRE rating: B), which heads to DVD and Blu-Ray today, a "major disappointment." He centers most of his critique on the film's twist, saying "I felt as if I’d been led through a labyrinthine shaggy-dog story only to arrive at a meaningless punchline." But not everyone agrees. Rob Nelson, who gave the film an A on criticWIRE, said on Moving Image Source, "'Shutter Island'—unlike Scorsese’s 'Cape Fear'—isn’t principally an exercise in cleverly telegraphed allusion or even in horror. Indeed, acting more Kubrickian than ever, the director (who also...

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    A Film Festival Grows In Aruba

    In a crowded courtyard a few hundred feet from some of the Caribbean's finest beaches, hundreds of locals, tourists and industry folks gathered to witness Aruba's introduction to the world of film festivals this past Friday night. The festival's guest of honor, actor Richard Gere, was joined on stag...

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    In Her Own Words: Debra Granik Discusses an Exclusive Clip From "Winter's Bone"

    "Winter's Bone" is based on a novel by Daniel Woodrell, about 17-year-old Ree Dolly, a young woman in the Ozarks whose meth-cooking father puts their family home up for his bail bond and then disappears. Ree has one week to track him down, or else she and her family will be thrown out into the Ozark...

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    Dispatch From Romania | A Cinema of Everyday Moments at the Transilvania International Film Festival

    Yesterday brought a close to the ninth edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival, hosted in the university town of Cluj, Romania. The event has been steadily growing both in size and importance over the past few years with organizers touting 2010 as a record breaking year. During its ten days, bookended by Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen" and Andrei Ujica's "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu," TIFF (as the event is more commonly referred to locally, not to be confused with the elder, esteemed September Canadian event) presented a remarkable 240 films from nearly 50 counties, and its warm staff welcomed nearly 500 Romanian and in...

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    FUTURES | "Winter's Bone" Actress Jennifer Lawrence

    The story of a poor girl in the Ozarks tracking down her convict father who put up the family home to make bail might be a tough sell on paper... That is, had the necessary ingredients of good directiion, script and a real tour de force for a lead been absent. Thankfully for "Winter's Bone," which a...

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    UPDATED: iW's Top June Fests: Edinburgh, Frameline, LAFF, and Silverdocs

    indieWIRE's list of the top 50 film festivals in the world includes four which make their debut in June. Browse our festival guide and check out what June has to offer with the following four fests:

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    In the Works: Ross Bros' NOLA, Independence Night, Super-Heroines, LGBT Roadtrip & Tea Leaves

    indieWIRE's production column this week checks in with the Ross Brothers (SXSW 2009 Documentary Jury Winner, "45365") to find out about their new documentary, and profiles four other upcoming projects, including the adaptation of the first major work of a Pulitzer-Prize nominee, a documentary about ...

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    Big Screen | Neil Jordan Returns With Colin Farrell and "Ondine"

    Exactly a month after premiering the film on Xbox, Playstation, Amazon, & Vudu VOD, Magnolia Pictures is releasing Neil Jordan's Colin Farrell-starring "Ondine" in theaters this Friday. Averaging a respectable "B") on criticWIRE, the film - which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival...

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    Small Screen | Burton's "Alice," "The Sun," a Soccer doc, and Paparazzo Profile Find Their Way Home

    Just days after finishing up his stint as Jury President at Cannes, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" (criticWIRE rating: a notably divided C+) enters the home market on DVD and Blu-Ray. Amazon.com has an exclusive collector's release with framed film cells. In his 3-star review of the disc, touting the DVD/Blu-Ray combo as the best value, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Garrett Conti rates the film high, "Burton's film is not only beautiful to look at, but fantastic in its storytelling." He adds, "Featurettes on the standard and Blu-ray discs look at every aspect of 'Alice in Wonderland,' including stunts, makeup, settings, characters,...

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