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    Spirit Nominee AG Iñárritu Took Risks on 'Birdman' (Video)

    Alejandro González Iñárritu's festival favorite "Birdman" is an indie hit and serious awards contender: it dominated the Indie Spirit nominations with six, including feature, director, actor, supporting actor and actress and cinematography. Watch our exclusive video interview.

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    Independent Spirit Awards Nominations 2015 Led by 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman'

    Going in, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, were expected to be led by 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman.' (Movies budgeted over $20 million such as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Get On Up' and 'Inherent Vice,' or funded and produced overseas, are ...

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    Oscar Doc Contender 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' Shows the Literary Lion's Intimate Side

    Nicholas Wrathall met Gore Vidal for the first time at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They had brunch on an Easter Sunday while a life-size bunny gallivanted about the restaurant—a “surreal” experience, according to the director—but quickly connected over a discussion about the politics of Wrathall’s nat...

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    Jeff Deutchman Joins Millennium Entertainment Acquisitions Team Before AFM

    Just ahead of the American Film Market, the revamped Millennium Entertainment is expanding its acquisitions team by bringing on Jeff Deutchman as Vice President of Acquisitions to bolster the company's upcoming slate. Deutchman will hit the festival circuit for indie acquisitions with an eye on mult...

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    Godard's 3D 'Goodbye to Language' Tops Specialty Openers; 'Horns' is Soft; 'Birdman' Soars

    Top specialty opener "Goodbye to Language 3D" (Kino Lorber) is the best performing Jean-Luc Godard movie since the early 1980s. Why? It's in 3D! Even on Halloween weekend, Daniel Radcliffe horror pic "Horns" (Radius) did not live up to its Dimension label promise.

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    'Citizenfour' Tops Specialty Openers, 'Birdman' Soars in Expansion, Whither 'Whiplash'?

    At the specialty box office, Edward Snowden doc "Citizenfour" scored big for Radius/Weinstein this weekend, as Keira Knightley comedy "Laggies" and Swedish Oscar entry "Force Majeure" performed modestly. "Birdman" is going strong but isn't a breakout as yet.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Birdman' Best Opener Since 'Grand Budapest,' 'Dear White People' Shows Broad Interest

    Two of the strongest new specialized releases of the season opened this weekend. Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" had the second-best limited opening of the year. "Dear White People," one of seven Sundance 2014 films to open this week, also impressed in its somewhat wider platform debut. As nothing...

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    'St. Vincent' and 'Whiplash' Score Decent Debuts, Focus Dumps 'Kill the Messenger'

    Two highly anticipated specialized films-- Weinstein Co. comedy "St. Vincent" starring Bill Murray and Sony Pictures Classics' "Whiplash"-- opened to similar good results. Neither delivered blockbuster numbers --they're on the same order as "The Skeleton Twins" last month.

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    Ted Hope Q & A on Indie Memoir 'Hope for Film' & Much More

    Ted Hope has led the exemplary indie producer's life: from Good Machine through Ang Lee and Nicole Holofcener and Michel Gondry to his experience at the San Francisco Film Society and Fandor, he has a sharp picture of the evolving film industry, which he shares in his new memoir "Hope for Film." We ...

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