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    Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower

    Harry Potter #8 will make ridiculous amounts of money this weekend while indies and foreign offerings try to make a dent in the increasingly crowded summer box office. Here is our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II box office analysis and media coverage round-up. Check out the reviews for...

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    HBO Picks Up Scorsese's Spiritual Doc: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    HBO has picked up Martin Scorsese's latest music documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World. The film will premiere in two parts on October 5 and 6.

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    Robot Builders Doc Bots High: Mad Hot Ballroom with Nerds

    Bots High is a film that proudly declares its geekiness, which is a promising sign for a documentary that follows three groups of high school robotics students as they develop and (literally) battle their way to a national combat robots competition in Miami. Basically, it's Mad Hot Ballroom with ner...

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    Trailer Watch: Steve James' The Interrupters Is Heartbreaking, Hopeful

    The trailer is out for a harrowing and haunting documentary about violence in Chicago, The Interrupters, from doc veteran Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz (author of There Are No Children Here), which debuted at Sundance and went on to win critics' raves as well as the special jury award...

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    Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions

    For the second year, Barnard College will present the Athena Film Festival from February 9-12, 2012. The fest aims to "expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference," and will feature top tier features, Oscar nominate...

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    Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants

    The Sundance Institute announces the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, to be held July 18-24 in Sundance, Utah. The nine projects (five features, four documentaries) chosen for 2011 labs will receive grants and ongoing support for a year, and will be joined by indie film leaders immediately following the lab for the Summit. Sundance's Keri Putnam says the "Creative Producing initiatives are a unique combination of intensive focus on the producers’ individual projects and larger discussions with industry leaders about the state of the independent film community and where it’s headed,..[and] an o...

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    Sundance Doc Knuckle Gets North American Release

    Ian Palmer's documentary Knuckle, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media for North American distribution. ContentFilm previously acquired international rights to the film, while Revolver Entertainment has UK (August 5) and Ireland, and BBC has UK TV rights. Focu...

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    Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

    Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection...

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    Will Transformers 3-D Make Room for Crass Horrible Bosses, Dopey Zookeeper or Quality Indie Fare?

    Don't go looking at your local multiplex for class this weekend. Raunch and dopiness and Transformers in 3-D still reign. We round up Horrible Bosses reviews here, best summarized by Rex Reed of the New York Observer: "It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by t...

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    Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

    Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. The...

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