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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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    "Cove" On a Roll: Psihoyos On His Film's Winning Streak

    Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" is having quite the response at film festivals. Six months after winning the documentary audience award in Sundance, the film - which investigates the slaughter of dolphins in Japan - has managed an impressive list of honors: This past weekend, it won audience awards at Na...

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    Provincetown: Still a Terrific Weekend Fest, Even with Less Cash

    Perhaps few other small towns in America scream "Film Festival" more than Provincetown. Among its small population of under 4,000 (which swells in Summer) are artists and an eclectic mix of families (gay and straight), singles, drag queens, frat guys and most likely anything in between - not to ment...

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    The World As We Know It Is Over? 10 Insights on the Movie Biz

    "The way we operate is being dissected and reassembled in front of our eyes," noted Endgame's James D. Stern in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend (which was published in its entirety by indieWIRE). Later that day, a panel of key industry players gathered at the fest'...

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    Storytelling, Of All Kinds, Showcased at Nantucket Fest

    "I lost my virginity here," Ben Stiller revealed to a small crowd at the Nantucket Film Festival on Friday night. "But that's not my story." As his legendary parents -- comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara -- looked on, Stiller launched into a delightfully candid anecdote about taking too much acid during his teenage years in Manhattan. The story tied into his familial connections in the room: Gripped with extreme paranoia, Stiller called his parents in Hollywood, where his mother was shooting an episode of "Love Boat." Meara, sitting nearby, said she handed the phone to her husband. "And then you had a drink, right?" Stiller shot back. The...

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