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    Bertolucci is Busting Out All Over; AFI Guest Artistic Director, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

    The European Film Academy will honor Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards show on December 1, held in Malta. Beginning his illustrious, controversial film career in 1961 as assistant director on Pasolini's "Accatone," and going on to helm erot...

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    EDITORIAL: Why Nikki Finke Got Variety (And It's a Happy Ending)

    It would be easy to position this as a David/Goliath narrative -- the scrappy blog that grew to take down the bible of show business -- but that's too reductive. And simplistic, to say nothing of flat-out boring.

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    'My Week With Marilyn' Helmer Simon Curtis To Direct Adaptation Of Edith Wharton's 'The Buccaneers'

    Simon Curtis is a filmmaker who doesn't stand out much. In fact, most people probably wouldn't know he directed "My Week With Marilyn," which got pushed into Oscar territory thanks to the tireless efforts of Harvey Weinstein, not becuase it was a particularly good film. And prior t...

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    Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Out, Ben Affleck In For 'Focus'

    Sorry guys and gals, a third reteam for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone following "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Gangster Squad" isn't in the cards. But Ben Affleck? That's a pretty nice consolation prize.

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    David Lynch Documentary 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace' to Premiere in New York City

    "Meditation, Creativity, Peace," a documentary that follows David Lynch on a 16-country tour throughout Europe, Israel and Brazil, will premiere on Oct. 13 and 18 in New York City. The film allows audiences an exclusive look at Lynch's craft through his lectures at top international fi...

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    Brad Pitt Talks 'Killing Them Softly,' Failed Democracy & Responsible Capitalism, Plus McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

    Guy Richie interviewing Brat Pitt for Interview Magazine is quite a read, and the photo spread of Pitt isn't too shabby either. Pitt had a great year in 2011 with "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball," and he's kept busy with a handful of new projects. They discuss Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly...

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    11 out of 71 Academy Foreign Language Film Submissions Are Directed by Women

    For the 85th Academy Awards, a record-breaking 71 countries have submitted films to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. However, according to our research, only 11 of those 71 films are directed by women. Last year, women directed 10 out of the 63 films submitted. Granted, we don’t ...

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    'Silver Linings Playbook' and John Singleton to Headline 2012 Film Independent Forum

    David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” will kick off the 8th annual Film Independent Forum Friday, Oct. 19, and “Boyz N the Hood” writer-director John Singleton will deliver the event’s keynote speech the following day. The FIND Forum, which focuses on indep...

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    Indiewire Readers Wanted and Desired -- For Film Independent's First-Ever Movie Hackathon!!

    It’s time for some audience participation.

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    'Prisoners' Sounds Familiar: Dano Joins Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Leo

    Imitation is the usual form of Hollywood flattery. You can count on a movie like "Taken" to not only spawn a sequel (which opened well enough to reinforce Liam Neeson's misguided belief that chasing big paydays is the best career path) but a slew of imitators.

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