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    20 Questions for District 9's Sharlto Copley

    One Oscar long-shot is South African actor Sharlto Copley, who made an astonishingly assured acting debut in District 9, written and directed by his old friend Neill Blomkamp. Historically, the Academy has been biased against science-fiction. (I assess the Peter Jackson-backed film's Oscar chances.)...

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    Decade: Agnes Varda on "The Gleaners and I"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2001 with an inte...

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    Anna Kendrick on Clooney, Reitman and Heading "Up In The Air"

    "I can't tell you how terrified I was knowing I was going into this," "Up In The Air" actress Anna Kendrick told indieWIRE during the Toronto International Film Festival. "I had something like a month after I was cast before we started filming. And the fear was buil...

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    Cheryl Hines Brings Life to Adrienne Shelly's "Moonlight"

    "It's interesting, I mean, people are going to take away different ideas from this film, which is one of the reasons I loved the script," Cheryl Hines told indieWIRE of her directorial debut, "Serious Moonlight," which opens in theaters this Friday. "A lot of people will just be entertained by it an...

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    20 Questions for Up in the Air's Jason Reitman

    It's hard to believe that a filmmaker as assured as Jason Reitman is 32 and has made just three feature films, including Up in the Air, which is about to open limited December 4 after earning raves from audiences and critics on the international film fest circuit. Here he talks about his airline obs...

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    John Woo Talks Red Cliff

    John Woo's historic epic Red Cliff is one of the best films of the year. Already a huge hit in Asia, which financed the original two-part $80-million five-hour war film (the most expensive movie ever produced in China), the two-and-a half-hour western cut of Red Cliff launched stateside last week in...

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    Avatar May Debut at Knowles Butt-Numb-A-Thon

    AICN's Harry Knowles has long cultivated close friendships with powerful filmmakers. Peter Jackson showed him The Lovely Bones before any one else, and now I hear that James Cameron, who often calls Knowles when he wants to promote something, is trying to override studio Twentieth Century Fox's antipathy toward the Austin-based webmaster (who likes to blast co-chairman Tom Rothman) by giving him Avatar to screen at his annual December 24-hour film marathon Butt-Numb-A-Thon. The BNAT shows classic films as well as such premieres as The Passion of the Christ, Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Magnolia, ...

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    Hillcoat Talks The Road

    It's been a long haul for the film adaptation of the 2006 Cormac McCarthy bestseller The Road, which producer Nick Wechsler acquired before it was published. With backing from 2929 Entertainment and distributor The Weinstein Co., he approached Australian director John Hillcoat after he had made the ...

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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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    A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg Talks Coens

    In this three-part flipcam interview on the pool terrace of the Sunset Plaza Hotel, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg talks about how he came to be cast in the period dramedy, working with the Coen brothers, and how he is handling his serious good fortune. The fall release is likely to earn kudos...

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