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    In Between The Extremes: Jesse Rosen On "The Art of Being Straight"

    Jesse Rosen's directorial debut, "The Art of Being Straight," follows 23-year old Jon (played by Rosen), who has just moved to Los Angeles from New York, ostensibly "taking a break" from his longtime girlfriend. Jon is hardly comfortable discussing his shifting Kinsien scale placement, and his new job as bottom-rung gofer at a major ad agency is fraught with sexual tension as a studly boss (Johnny Ray Rodriguez) barrages him with thinly veiled come-ons. Infamous among his buddies as a womanizer, Jon is more surprised than anyone when he ultimately falls for his boss’ seductive charms, which sends him spiraling into a world of sexual confusion...

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    A Triumph of Passion: "Herb & Dorothy" Director Megumi Sasaki

    Megumi Sasaki's doc "Herb & Dorothy' tells the story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960's, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhatt...

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    Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino Talks

    As Cannes wound down, writer-director Quentin Tarantino sat down for an interview about his long-awaited World War II opus, Inglourious Basterds. We talked about issues of structure, length and purpose:

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    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel On Their "New World Order"

    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel's doc "New World Order" premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. The film is a behind the scenes look at the underground anti-globalist movement. This growing movement targets the annual Bilderberg conference, and the 9/11 attacks as focal points in the alleged global conspiracy. Alex Jones, a celebrity radio host, and underground cult hero, is the main character of the film. The film chronicles Alex, and four other conspiracy theorists, on their ceaseless quests to expose the 'massive global conspiracy' that they believe threatens the future of humanity. indieWIRE talked to the filmmakers about "New World Order," ...

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    "I'm Surprised When Anybody Likes It": Soderbergh On His "Girlfriend Experience"

    "The Girlfriend Experience," a riveting provocation from Steven Soderbergh, is so organic and of a piece - it contains nothing extraneous, nothing that doesn't serve its central concern. Take, for example, the voice of a ritzy call girl named Chelsea, played by porn starlet Sasha Grey. Chelsea's f...

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    A Film That Burns In Her Heart: Marlene Rhein on Her "Big Shot"

    Marlene Rhein's "The Big Shot Caller" follows Jamie Lessor, a man who's life is a bit out of focus. Abandoned by his runaway sister, and raised by his grumpy poker-playing father, Jamie is beginning to wonder if true happiness is out of reach. That is, until he meets Elissa. Blinded by love, he can'...

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    His Cherry Orchard: Olivier Assayas On "Summer Hours"

    "I must say it was a much easier process than most of my recent films," Olivier Assayas said of his "Summer Hours" during last year's New York Film Festival, where it had its U.S. premiere. "Ultimately, the producer who made the film happen - Martin Karmitz, a big independent producer in France - I ...

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    Answering To Nobody But Herself: "You" Director Melora Hardin

    Melora Hardin is a veteran actress of theater (she recently starred in "Chicago" on Broadway), television (she's known for her recurring role on NBC's "The Office"), and film (she's currently in the studio hit "17 Again"). With her husband, actor Gildart Jackson, she produced and directed the independent feature film, "You." The film is the story of Miranda (Hardin) and Rawdon (Jackson), a couple happily married with a young daughter. But when Miranda dies suddenly, Rawdon is left to raise their daughter on his own, while keeping Miranda alive in his imagination. The film also stars Amy Pietz, Joely Fisher, Brenda Strong, and Allison Mack. Ha...

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    The Game of Human Connection: Stephen Belber on His "Management"

    Stephen Belber is well-known as a playwright and screenwriter. He researched and helped write the acclaimed "The Laramie Project," and wrote the screenplay for Richard Linklater's "Tape," based on his play of the same name. With "Management," Belber makes his feature film directorial debut. The film follows the chance meeting of Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston) when she checks into the roadside motel in Arizona that is owned by Mike's parents. A bottle of wine jump starts a cross-country journey and courtship between two very different kinds of people who are both ultimately looking for the same thing - a sen...

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    Star Trek Opens Strong; Kurtzman and Orci Talk

    You can look at tracking all you want, and listen to studio marketers downplaying expectations. But truth is, if a movie plays as well as Star Trek does, the word gets out. The movie opened to an estimated $31 million on Friday (including Thursday night numbers), and we know that the WOM will be str...

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