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    iW NEWS | AFI Adds to Fest Slate

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" and Steven Soderbergh's "Che" have been added as centerpiece galas for the upcoming AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Also added to the festival are Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom," Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," the "Tokyo!" triptyc...

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    NYFF '08 | Aronofsky, Rourke Talk "Wrestler," Folman "Waltzes" With New York

    Wednesday afternoon at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York marked a big day for the 46th New York Film Festival. "The Wrestler" Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and producer Scott Franklin joined director Darren Aronofsky to discuss the film after its first screening for New York press and industry. ...

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    Sundance Halts Online Fest Initiative; Short Filmmakers Kept in the Dark by Aggregator Mediastile

    The Sundance Film Festival has ended its relationship with new media aggregator Mediastile Inc. after the company repeatedly failed to send royalty payments and traffic reports to Sundance directors who screened films online via iTunes, Netflix and XBox LIVE. Over the weekend, Sundance organizers e-...

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    NYFF '08 | Soderbergh's "Che," Leigh's "Lucky" Make New York Debuts

    Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biopic, "Che" and Mike Leigh's much shorter "anti-miserablist" film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," were among the films screened for the press in the past few days at the 46th Annual New York Film Festival. Both screenings were followed by press conferences feat...

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    REVIEW | Looking for Stability in a Soggy Mississippi: Lance Hammer's "Ballast"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Anthony Kaufman reviewed "Ballast" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film opens in limited release this week.]

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    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL '08 | Beyond Cannes and Toronto: Surveying NYFF's Nooks and Crannies

    It has a decidedly French twist. For one thing, 18 of the 28 features in this edition of the New York Film Festival bowed in Cannes in May. Four "fully" French movies and eight co-pros with French backing are being screened. Given the weight of place, of site, in this year's crop, the latter frequen...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Slumdog Millionaire" Takes People's Choice, "Hunger, "Lost Song" Among Other Winners

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was announced as the Cadillac People's Choice Award for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday afternoon in Toronto. First runner-up was Kristopher Belman's "More Than A Game" and the second runner-up was Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M."...

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    iW NEWS | "Slumdog" Wins in Toronto

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won the People's Choice Award this afternoon as the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival approaches its conclusion in Canada. The festival's Discovery Award went to Steve McQueen for his first feature, "Hunger," winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes ...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Hurt Locker" Explodes, "Zack and Miri," "Lymelife" and "Nowhere" Fin

    Thanks to pulse pounding action involving Iraq War soldiers responsible for disarming bombs; a cast of compelling young male leads and a gritty visual style that syncs perfectly with its desert wartime setting - "The Hurt Locker" reintroduces veteran director Kathryn Bigelow to audiences as a filmmaker at the top of her game and offers the first Iraq War movie with strong box office potential. Pairing Mark Boal's (co-writer on "In the Valley of Elah") pitch-perfect script and Bigelow's expertise at crafting action and suspense, "The Hurt Locker" shows strong chances at crossover business, drawing young teens with its action and art-house movi...

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