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    Philippe Diaz: "I think that movies can help make the world a better place"

    In his new documentary "The End of Poverty," filmmaker Philippe Diaz examines the root causes of global poverty and challenges the effectiveness our current economic system. The film opens in New York on November 13 and in Los Angeles on November 25. indieWIRE contacted Diaz via email to discuss the...

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    cinemadaily | Sheffield Wrap

    The 2009 Sheffield Doc/Fest wrapped up this weekend and this year's edition has left the Guardian's David Cox asking: "Is this the end of the line for the impartial documentary?"

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    A Tale of Two Trailers: The De-Gaying of "A Single Man"

    While the heterosexualized poster for Tom Ford's not-so-heterosexual "A Single Man" caused a wee stir last week, it seems the recently released trailer has just re-enforced those complaints.

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    Eugene Hernandez: Building Buzz

    New York, NY, November 9, 2009 -- "Precoius" v. "Up in the Air"? That was the case on Thursday night in Manhattan as the two expected Oscar contenders hosted competing events in New York City.

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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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