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    "What Would Jesus Buy" Star Set for NYC Ballot

    Tomorrow, New York City voters will head to the polls to cast a vote for mayor. While current mayor Mike Bloomberg has been facing controversy for extending term limits against popular support, his Democrat opponent, Comptroller Bill Thompson, is a virtual unknown across the city. Amongst the crowd of third-party candidates in the election, one notch above the Rent is Too Damn High Party nominee, is a face familiar to the indie film community. Reverend Billy Talen, performance artist and Stop Shopping Gospel Choir leader, is the Green Party candidate for New York City mayor. The star of Rob VanAlkemade's 2007 film "What Would Jesus Buy?" ...

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    Doha Tribeca Fest | Honest Local Stories are Key for New Filmmakers to Succeed

    Consistent with most young festivals, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival has its share of films that have made their way through the festival circuit, with some already in release in the U.S., including "The September Issue," "An Education," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Bright Star" as well as films still to find a "cinema near you," like "Racing Dreams" and "South of the Border." But being that this is a Middle Eastern event, DTFF has particularly focused on Arab work that have screened at some international fests, including Najwa Najjar's Palestinian-produced "Pomegranates and Myrrh" (which screened at last year's Dubai fest), a story of new...

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    Eugene Hernandez: "I want it like I wrote it."

    New York, NY, November 2, 2009 -- This week: Miramax, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.

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    cinemadaily | When Schlock Was King: Corman Retro at Anthology

    A retrospective of the films of B-movie maestro Roger Corman is currently underway at New York's Anthology Film Archive and "in time for Halloween, Anthology reminds us that there's much to admire about Corman the drive-in auteur—indefatigable ringleader of biker-, gangster-, and monster-movie mayhe...

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    "Skin"'s Anthony Fabian: "For days afterward, I had a lump in my throat"

    Anthony Fabian's "Skin," which premiered in Toronto in 2008, and was a finalist for the Audience Award, arrives in US theaters today. The film follows the life of Sandra Laing, a phenotypically black woman born of a white couple in South Africa. indieWIRE spoke to Fabian via e-mail, asking him som...

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    Scorsese, Royals and Some Chaos at Doha Tribeca Fest Opening

    Huge local crowds, a little bit of chaos and international stars turned out Thursday night for the official opening of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The I.M. Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art served as the very impressive backdrop for the festival's opening night pre-reception and screening of Mira Nair's "Amelia." Three-thousand locals along with international guests turned up on the museum's expansive grounds along the coast, with director Martin Scorsese, Mira Nair, Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and others joining the Tribeca Film Festival's Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Geoff...

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    For Your Consideration: Oscar's Gay Tendencies

    A lot has gone down for the gays since "Brokeback Mountain"'s cries-of-homophobia inducing loss for Oscar's biggest prize four years ago, both in Hollywood and in America as a whole. And with another award season upon us, we're again faced with another big gay contender. Following last year's eigh...

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    cinemadaily | "Gentlemen Broncos" Bucks US Audiences

    In an interview with the LA Times' Robert Abele, "Gentlemen Broncos" director Jared Hess recounts something his grandmother recently said to him, "She was talking to one of my younger brothers...and she said, 'Well I'm glad Jared likes this history stuff, 'cause I tell you what, this comedy thing su...

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    Gabourey Sidibe: "People look at me and don't expect much. I Expect a Lot"

    Gabourey Sidibe knows how to take the stage at a national television talk show. Laughing and dancing her way onto the set at the Ellen show earlier this week she busted out moves that were choreographed by her roommate just in case she ever got a chance to appear on the talk show. Smiling broadly an...

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    London Fest Evolution: Embracing Discovery, Hoping to Boost Int'l Profile

    With the world premiere of Sam Taylor Wood's anticipated exploration of John Lennon's childhood, "Nowhere Boy," the Times-BFI 53rd London Film Festival will come to a close tomorrow night after two weeks of screenings totaling 191 features and 113 shorts. It caps off what's been an important year for the still evolving fest. Additional funding from the UK Film Council allowed the materialization of what festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron called "a whole series of aspirations that we've had for years." Among them, the introduction of new awards for best film and best British newcomer, which will be announced tonight (get the full list o...

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