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    Fall Fest Daily | "Somewhere" Premieres, McCarthy Takes Flight

    In Venice Anne Thompson weighed in on Sofia Coppola's anticipated fourth feature, "Somewhere," starring Stephen Dorff as a bored movie star trying to reconnect with his daughter. Thompson found Venice to be the ideal venue for the film's world premiere. "The very European 'Somewhere' is a good fit here," wrote Thompson. "The Italian journos at the morning press screening got a kick out of an amusing sequence when bored movie star Johnny Marco (well-played by Stephen Dorff) flies his willowy 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) to a movie opening in Milan, where he orders them gelato in bed in their lavish suite at the Principe-Savoie Hote...

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    FUTURES | iW's 16 to Watch

    Back in April indieWIRE launched the 'Futures' weekly column, to profile new up and coming faces in indie film. The column dates back ten years ago, when it appeared in iW and IFC TV's print magazine IFC Rant. This summer saw a slew of new names welcomed into the 'Futures' mix. Over the past hot mon...

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    FUTURES | "Last Train Home" Director Lixin Fan

    Filmmaker Lixin Fan may very well be one of modern-day China's great non-fiction storytellers. His Sundance World Cinema Documentary competition film, "Last Train Home" is a documentary masterpiece that depicts China's meteoric rise to economic powerhouse through the story of a couple who move away ...

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    Fall Fest Daily | Portman, "Miral," and Telluride Lineup

    Rounding up the latest from the fall festival circuit on a daily basis…

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    Time...Marches On!

    Most people who watch the opening segment of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, a faux newsreel called “News on the March,” don’t realize that it is a very precise parody of The March of Time, the innovative documentary short-subject series that played in theaters, while an equal...

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    Venice '10 | A Mixed Launch But a Terrific "Swan"

    Every film festival, like every orchestra, has a characteristic uniquely its own, a particular tone, running faintly but unmistakably beneath its noise and clamor. Berlin's watchword is efficiency. Cannes runs on glamour. Rotterdam promotes (I think falsely) the sense of moral improvement that is th...

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    Fall Fest Daily | "Black Swan," Tarantino and "Machete" Hit the Lido

    Rounding up the latest from the fall festival circuit on a daily basis...

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    Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

    The Venice Film Festival kick's off Wednesday, September 1st with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" to Julian Schnabel's "Miral" to Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegi...

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    In the Works: "Silver Tongues," the Environment, Being Big in Japan and Argentina & More

    This week's profiles of projects in various stages of production spotlights "Oz" star Lee Tergesen in a story of a dark couple who use their talents for a diabolical game. Other projects look at the interaction between indigenous and environmental movements, a rock band big in Japan, community actio...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Things The Fall Fests Should Say About Awards Season

    The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival today marks the annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so days, Venice, Telluride and Toronto next week will offer both industry and - in Toronto's case at least - the public, a glance at dozens of films that may or may not factor into this year's big race. From new work by Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Julian Schnabel and Julie Taymor, to films that could rocket out of nowhere to feature prominently during awards season, these festivals should give a decent clue about what has so far been mostly speculation. Awards season is basically here, and it's up t...

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