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    What Does a Producer Do? 9 Observations on the Biz's Most Misunderstood Job

    Using the question “What does a producer do?” as a launching point, four producers got together last week during the LA Film Festival to participate in a lunch time conversation about their work and what it took to bring their respective films to the festival.

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    Woman on The Verge: "Surrogate" Director Shalom Ezer Breaks Out In Edinburgh

    Unfortunately, the reason many in the international film world first heard of writer-director Tali Shamon Ezer's "Surrogate" was not because of the film itself, but because of its place at the center of a bit of a storm between director Ken Loach and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. A few...

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    Remembering Michael Jackson, On Screen

    The day after the death of pop music icon Michael Jackson, media coverage alternated between reports and speculation about how he died so suddenly yesterday, to footage of his fans gathering at spots all around the world to pay tribute.

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    What a Week! Michael Jackson, "Public Enemies" and "Bananas!" at LAFF

    Los Angeles once again found itself centerstage for the world's media Thursday morning with the news that Farrah Fawcett's long battle with cancer came to an end with her death in Santa Monica. The day only became more dramatic only several miles away in Westwood, home of the Los Angeles Film Festiv...

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    Cheri Hurt In Quiet Cracktown Stoning: This Weekend at the Movies

    With the highest metacritic score so far this year, and that expanded best picture lineup, you might be able to catch an Oscar underdog in theaters: Kathryn Bieglow's "The Hurt Locker," hailed by The New York Times' A.O. Scott as "the best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Ir...

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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    Oscar Stimulus Package? Best Picture Move Makes Waves

    An economic bailout? A move of desperation? Big news for small films? A ploy for better TV ratings? Amidst the cacophony of tweeting today about S.C. governor Mark Sanford, Insiders and observers also reacted immediately on blogs, via email, IM, Twitter and Facebook to the AMPAS announcement that te...

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    Movieline: Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec

    Movieline: Paper Heart Director Nicholas Jasenovec

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    "The debate it starts is incredible": "Afghan Star" Director Havana Marking

    After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, "Pop Idol" has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series "Afghan Star" and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. Havana Marking's "Afghan Star" follows the dramatic stories of f...

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    No Money, No Time, No Script: Meadows & Considine Experiment In Edinburgh

    No strangers to Edinburgh or to each other, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine treated Edinburgh International Film Festival-goers to a rather curious event last night: the world premiere of their 30,000 pound ($50,000 USD) mockumentary "Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee," which was shot in just five days, an...

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