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    SXSW Announces Strong Line-Up: Hurt Locker, Passing Strange, Sin Nombre

    Kathryn Bigelow’s Toronto hit Hurt Locker will screen at SXSW this March, as will Sundance faves Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre and Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. Launching at the Austin Fest are Gerald Peary's long-awaited doc For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, Sebastian Gutierrez’s Women in Trouble, Wyatt McDill’s Four Boxes, David Lee Miller’s My Suicide, Tim McCanlie’s The Two Bobs, Brant Sersen’s Splinterheads, Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax, Joe Swanberg’s Alexander the Last, Nash Edgerton’s The Square, Michael Paul Step...

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    Sundance Fest Wraps

    The Sundance wraps are coming in:

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    Sundance: Soderbergh Unveils Girlfriend Experience

    Steven Soderbergh has always been a supporter of innovation, experimentation and new media. Che goes out on VOD Wednesday while its special roadshow engagement continues, and Soderbergh's 2005 Bubble was the first day-and-date experiment for Marc Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Entertainment and Magnol...

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    Sundance Watch: John Anderson Pounds Jeff Dowd

    Opinions fly at the Sundance Film Fest but so did fists Wednesday morning when critic John Anderson, who was covering the 8:30 screening of the agit-prop environmental doc Dirt! The Movie for Variety at the Holiday Cinemas, told producer's rep Jeff "The Dude" Dowd that the movie "was poor, too simplistic, too redundant," says Dowd, who accompanied him over to the nearby Yarrow. When they arrived, Anderson told him their conversation on the movie was "over." The debate that followed got so heated that Anderson punched Dowd twice, once on the lip. I've spoken to both guys, and to Variety chief critic Todd McCarthy, who immediately relieved Ande...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Nabs An Education

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights for $3 million to Lone Scherfig's An Education after a heated bidding war. The deal closed Monday night.

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    Tarantino Wrapping Inglourious Basterds for Cannes Finish

    Quentin Tarantino is rushing production on his World War II epic Inglourious Basterds, which has been described as The Dirty Dozen meets Cross of Iron, not only because his mentor Harvey Weinstein could use a big hit sooner rather than later--and Tarantino is deeply loyal--but because the director i...

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    Sundance: Digital Moguls Hawk MySpace and IMDb

    While the Sundance media reports on the beleaguered independent theatrical market, which may never return to its former robust self--even with diminished production over the next few years--various Internet moguls are in Sundance networking and hawking their movie-centric wares.

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    Sundance Video: Mark Duplass Talks Humpday

    Mark Duplass is revealed in Sundance hit Humpday (which should land one of four possible buyers at any minuteUPDATE was acquired by Magnolia) as more than the digital writer-director with his brother Jay of Puffy Chair and Baghead but a gifted improvisational actor. He and Humpday co-star Josh Leona...

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    Sundance: Buzz Central

    Well, as of Sunday enough people have seen enough movies so that a critical mass of buzz is building around certain films. Word moves like electricity after each screening. Even though some of these pics (more than usual) were screened before the fest, cautious buyers waited to see how they played a...

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    Sundance Watch: Gordon-Levitt Talks 500 Days of Summer

    Along with an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd at the Eccles, I enjoyed Fox Searchlight's anti-rom-com 500 Days of Summer, directed by music video veteran Marc Webb, who lucked out by casting two rising stars with great chemistry, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. It's in the same genre as ...

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