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    Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell

    Finally, months after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in a rare performance in his native dialect. (The film scored eight nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards.) According ...

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    Sundance Juries Include Banks, Posey, Spurlock, Vachon, Schwarzbaum

    Sundance has announced the members for its five juries for 2010. The ten-day fest fest gets under way January 21.

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    Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

    While some Academy foreign language committee members have complained of the plethora of downbeat World War II/holocaust/war movies in this year's selection (as though member countries think this is what Academy voters tend to go for), the films cherry-picked from the Palm Springs Fest's program of 41 (out of 67) Oscar submissions for this year's annual filmmakers' panel were four contemporary Cannes entries. Ably moderated by Variety's Peter Debruge, the panel focused (in photo, from left) on Australia's Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton), Israel's Ophir-winner Ajami (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani), Belgium's The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groe...

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    Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

    Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, ...

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    Chinese Pull Two Films from Palm Springs Fest

    According to the Palm Springs International Film festival, the reason why the China Film Group has pulled two films from the fest (which got under way Tuesday) is to protest the showing of Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's pro-Tibet doc The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (trailer o...

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    SXSW Picks Kick-Ass As Opener

    Clearly, Austin is Kick-Ass country.

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    Sundance Adds iPhone App

    This was the year film fests discovered iPhone apps; Seattle had one (pictured) and now Sundance has one too. It's featured at Apple’s iTunes site and App Store. The app delivers real-time info to attendees:Users are able to search films and events, watch videos and trailers, interact with Twitter a...

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    Sundance Adds Three Last-Minute Titles

    In a surprise last minute move, Sundance programmers have announced the addition of three world premieres to the January indie fest. Gurinder Chadha's It's a Wonderful Afterlife, starring Sally Hawkins, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids are Alright, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as gay parents...

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    Things I Learned on the Weekend Party Circuit

    1. There's girl-on-girl snogging between Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as bisexual rock stars in The Runaways. That's why it's R-rated.

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    Trailer Watch: Sundance-Bound The Runaways Stars Stewart and Fanning

    The trailer is up for Sundance-bound rocker The Runaways starring New Moon co-stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. The advance interest in this edgy indie at Sundance is huge.

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