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    London Fest Announces Awards Shortlist; "Mr. Fox," "Serious Man" Among Finalists

    The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival has announced shortlists for all four of its awards, including two new awards that will be presented for the first time.

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    "Precious" Takes Manhattan

    Saturday night on the Upper West Side, "Precious" came home. After an audience boo-inducing thirty minute delay to accommodate tardy Mariah Carey and an uncharacteristically jammed red carpet (besides the films entire cast - sans, as per usual, Mo'Nique - Robert DeNiro, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Is There a Doctor in the House?

    New York, NY, October 5, 2009 -- There's an old story about Harvey Weinstein that ends with the movie mogul screaming at someone, "I invented this fucking business, OK?"

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    Zurich Hands Out Awards After Turbulent Festival

    After a remarkably eventful beginning, the 5th Zurich Film Festival came to a close last night by handing out awards to a list of recipients that was to include Roman Polanski. Polanski was arrested en route, igniting a worldwide storm of publicity that pushed aside the actual focus of the film fes...

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    "Art" Packs Punch at NYFF Screening

    It's not often that a post-screening Q&A produces big fireworks, especially at such a venerable and reserved affair as the New York Film Festival, but the sparks flew Wednesday night following Don Argott's doc, "The Art of the Steal." The film, which recalls the long and arduous fight for control of...

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    Harmony's "Humpers" Hits NYFF

    "If you are the type of person that is prone to walking out, you should do it now," Harmony Korine told the packed crowd at the New York Film Festival last night.

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    NYFF '09 Notebook: "What's wrong with a little elitism?"

    "Elitist bullshit" yelled an audience member at the New York Film Festival on Tuesday night. "What's wrong with a little elitism," countered another inside Alice Tully Hall, site of the 47th New York Film Festival. Members of the typically reserved Lincoln Center crowd were stirred by Don Argott's "...

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    Fantastic Fest Thrills Up Prize Winners

    Tom Six's "The Human Centipede" (First Sequence) won best horror feature at the 2009 Fantastic Fest in Austin, while Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's action-drama "Mandrill" won "Best Fantastic Feature" at the event, which closes Thursday. "Centipede" is a biological horror film in which Dr. Heiter decides t...

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    cinemadaily | NYFF Brings "Wild Grass," "Police," "Ghost Town" Uptown

    In a report from The Hollywood Reporter by Sam Thielman, the New York Film Festival's organizers explain the past, present, and future of the festival. "In recent years, though, [festival programmer Richard] Pena says, 'people got the impression that it was impossible to get a ticket to see the films -- there was this idea that you had to be a donor or somehow involved with the movie to get a ticket.' The results of that misperception have not been pretty: Empty seats abounded in recent editions...It also fostered the feeling that the fest as a whole was largely for rich people." The article continues, "Now, to combat both the snob image a...

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    Reitman's "Up in the Air" and More Added to Hamptons Fest

    The 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival has added to its line up with co-writer/director Jason Reitman's ("Juno") "Up in the Air" joining the 2009 roster. Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, the film is the story of Ryan Bingham (Clooney), a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection. When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga), Ryan's boss (Jason Bateman), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick), threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with...

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