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    Happy Meals: Shorts Made for the Price of Lunch

    Taika Waititi and Don Hertzfeldt have made Oscar-nominated films, so why are they now making shorts with budgets less than $100? Because Mike Plante bought them lunch and challenged them to make a film for the exact cost of the meal. Plante, best known as CineVegas's director of programming, has commissioned fifty Lunchfilms to date, with ten currently in production and scheduled to debut in 2010 and 2011. The roster of filmmakers who have accepted Plante's meal deal runs from A (Cory Arcangel) to Z (the Zellner Brothers). This year Lunchfilms have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Fest, in addition to a host of microcinemas ...

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    First Look: Tim Burton at MoMA

    "It's been really a special thing for me, is there a doctor here?" Tim Burton joked with the audience this morning at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "I want him to check and see if I'm dead. It's been a real out of body experience."

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    "Beyond Gay": Presenting Lynn Shelton's "Sequel" to "Humpday"

    Last summer, as Lynn Shelton's Sundance fave "Humpday" was about to open in theaters, Dan Savage, the founder of Seattle amateur porn festival "HUMP!" called out Shelton on his blog.

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    cinemadaily | "The Sun" Will Come Out Tomorrow

    Yesterday, when Eugene Hernandez unveiled the new indieWIRE feature, criticWIRE, he announced that this week's highest rated new release was a little film that debuted at the 2005 Berlinale. With a criticWIRE average of A-, Alexander Sokurov's "The Sun (Solntse)" opens at Film Forum tomorrow.

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    "Crazy Heart" Trailer

    Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for their last minute Oscar '09 contender, "Crazy Heart." Suggestively a decision made in the wake of "Amelia" crashing and burning with critics and audiences, Searchlight moved the film - the directorial debut of Scott Cooper - up from its original 2010 rel...

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    "Missing Person" Director Noah Buschel: "The story is like eleventh or twelfth on my list"

    Noah Buschel's neo-noir "The Missing Person" hits theaters November 20, courtesy of Strand Releasing. The film stars Michael Shannon as a detective hired to track down a missing man. indieWIRE contacted Buschel via email to discuss the film and his career.

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    Jon Reiss: "We are in the midst of a new world order or crisis"

    This speech was delivered at the recent CPH:DOX Forum in Copenhagen. Jon Reiss will be doing a presentation today at 6 p.m. at IFC Center in Manhattan and selling his book, "Think Outside the Box Office," immediately after. The book is also available for purchase on his website.

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    Dubai Readies for 6th Outing with World Cinema Focus

    Twenty films will screen in the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival's "Cinema of the World" line up. "Gritty dramas" and "controversial documentaries" from Denmark, France and Peru are part of the roster, fest organizers unveiled. The sixth DIFF takes place December 9 - 16 in the United Arab ...

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    cinemadaily | Criterion, Denver, and the Decade

    Some exciting news from Criterion: Max Ophuls’ lavish biopic "Lola Montès" and Leo McCarey’s 30s tearjerker "Make Way for Tomorrow" will join the collection in February. Also on tap for the Criterion treatment are two recent films: Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Götz Spielmann's "Revanche." More from ...

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    Eugene Hernandez: "For the Love of Movies"

    New York, NY, November 16, 2009 -- The annual New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner on January 14, 2001 gathered the group of leading U.S. film critics at Windows on the World atop the North Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. For many reasons, it's a night that is hard to forget. In a...

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