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    Telluride Film Festival: Last Call for Submissions this July; Fest Runs September 2-5

    The Telluride Film Festival issues its last call for 2011 submissions. The deadlines to submit to this class-act four-day festival over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) are:SHORTS AND STUDENT FILMS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011 FEATURES DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

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    LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners

    The Los Angeles Film Festival was hopping for ten days, downtown at LA Live, a straight shot down Olympic Boulevard to an $8 parking lot. The Regal screens are new with a good rake, but the glossy presentation didn't help Richard Linklater's opening nighter Bernie, yet another based-on-a-true-story (much like Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things) that fascinated the filmmaker and his star, Jack Black, without proving to be compelling for the rest of us. The good news is that Black gives the strongest performance he has in some time as a genial good-old-boy who turns to the dark side when he winds up rich older woman Shirley MacLaine's dependent ...

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    Palm Springs International ShortFest: The Road to Hollywood, Oscar

    After taking part in an engaging trade media panel for some of the 400 or so shorts filmmakers who flocked to the 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, I not only walked away with a stack of screeners, but when I returned to the Ace Hotel in the baking heat for a cool dip, realized with horror ...

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    AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy

    AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Fest's Audience Award winners for 2011 are Jerry Rothwell's Donor Unknown, which won the Feature Audience Award, and Matt Morris's Mr. Happy Man, which won in the Shorts category. Award-winning and Festival favorites will play at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural C...

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    YouTube Commercial Kings Rhett and Link Talk New TV Show

    Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, a new television show premiering tonight on IFC, plots two best friends as they journey across the United States to understand the country--via advertising.

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    Weekend Preview: Bad Teacher, Cars 2, Leap Year's Graphic Sex, Conan O'Brien, Better Life & More

    While Cars 2 trends rotten and Cameron Diaz gets dirty for Bad Teacher, several worthwhile indies are also in theaters this weekend. ThePlaylist calls Conan O'Brien Can't Stop a "winning, charming, you’ll-miss-stuff-because-you’re-still-laughing-too-hard concert documentary and a peek behind Conan’s...

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    Wild Ducks Review: Davis Guggenheim’s IBM Short Reveals Genius

    From Davis Guggenheim, the director of Waiting for Superman and the Oscar-winning doc An Inconvenient Truth, comes the fifteen-minute documentary Wild Ducks, which debuted last week on IBM's YouTube channel. The latest IBM Centennial doc focuses on four IBM clients who defied conventional thinking t...

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    Life in a Day Doc Follows On-Demand Marketing Model: Hometown Screenings, Marketing SWAT Teams

    The trend in marketing these days is the on-demand model launched by Paramount's Paranormal Activity. The idea is to engage fans and get them to market the movie.

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    Abramowitz's Area 23A To Release Revenge of the Electric Car via Demand Screenings

    After proving what Richard Abramowitz could do with the release of Exit Through the Gift Shop and Anvil, the filmmakers behind the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car have pacted with Abramowitz's new indie distribution company Area 23A for a hybrid theatrical release of Chris Paine's follow up ...

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    Exclusive Clip: Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, David Carr vs. Media, Reviews

    Page One: Inside The New York Times has been generating an extraordinary amount of press---because it's a documentary about the Grey Lady, the most respected newspaper in the world, at a time of great change. And while one of its media department subjects David Carr wisely dodged filmmaker Andrew Ro...

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