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    #SDCC Comic-Con Separates Top Draws Avatar and Twilight: New Moon

    Last year, I remember a few diehard fanboys mocking me when I flagged Twilight as a big deal at Comic-Con. The power of Twilight fans became clear as thousands of girls screamed their lungs out for emerging star Rob Pattinson. Helping to avert certain traffic gridlock, Comic-Con organizers pushed apart back-to-back Thursday panels for Twilight: New Moon and James Cameron's Avatar, by far the most anticipated two panels of the Con. Many were concerned that the threatened tsunami of fans surging toward Hall H Thursday morning (many of them female, in this very male-dominated universe) would make it tough to also cover Disney's 11 AM 3-D panel ...

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    Blog Watch: Hudson Leaves IFC

    David Hudson is departing his daily obsessive IFC blog. This leaves a hole, especially at film fests, when he'd aggregate all the best reviews on any given film. (He used to write the GreenCine daily blog). But he's planning something and it makes sense that the brainy Berlin-based blogger and cinep...

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    LAFF: Fest Wrap

    Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson and new LAFF director Rebecca Yeldham were heaving sighs of relief at the sunny awards brunch at the Hammer Museum Sunday. While official figures are not in, sales of festival passes were down at this year's LAFF, but day-to-day ticket sales were brisk, with many s...

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    Family Films: Disney's Ponyo Works, Indie Hachiko Remake Doesn't

    One's Japanese, the other isn't. And there's the rub.

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    Cannes 2009: Pics and Video

    During my nine days at Cannes, I shot more pics and video than I used. I was hoping to shoot more one-on-one interviews, but wound up at round-tables where they wouldn't let me flip out the cam. At press conferences, security people kept shutting my flip cam down, even after I had obtained permissio...

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    Cannes: Winners and Losers

    Who came out ahead and behind on their Cannes jaunt this year?

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    Cannes Yacht Party: Great Directors

    The best party I went to in Cannes was thrown one afternoon by rookie director Angela Ismailos after a screening of her doc Great Directors, in which she sits down and talks politics, history and Neo-Realism with Bernardo Bertolucci, the influence of Federico Fellini with David Lynch, and Rainer Wer...

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    Tarantino Update

    In my interview with Quentin Tarantino, he admits that he plans to go back to the editing room with Inglourious Basterds this June. He rushed the movie, getting it done in less than a year to make Cannes, and delivered a cinephile's fantasy:

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    Cannes Prizes: White Ribbon Wins Palme d'Or

    It turns out the only US channel carrying the Cannes Ceremonie de Cloture is TV5Monde--and in LA you have to subscribe (in advance) on Time Warner Cable to all the French channels to get it. Oh well. And I wasn't able to get it live on Canal Plus online--they'll edit it together for tomorrow, it see...

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    Cannes: Critics' Week and Director's Fortnight

    It turns out Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to show his Argentinian drama Tetro in Cannes after all, as the opener of Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine). That's a good compromise; Coppola had turned down Thierry Fremaux's offer to place it out-of-competition in the official selection.

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