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    'Skeleton Twins' Scores Best Limited Opening since 'Boyhood'

    The fall season began in earnest this weekend as several top festival films opened well. Fox Searchlight's tough guy thriller "The Drop," starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, landed in sixth place in the Top Ten, opening in over 800 theaters for an excellent gross of $4.2 million. The clear stan...

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    Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

    "The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original docu...

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    Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

    In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as t...

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    Los Angeles Film Festival: How Rookie Kimberly Levin Made Indie Farm Drama 'Runoff'

    More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its wor...

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    '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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    Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

    A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.

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    Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

    Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support wi...

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    Should the New York Times Review Every New York Film Booking?

    Before Sundance got started, The New York Times' Manohla Dargis raised a red flag about the issue of too many films flooding the marketplace. While her suggestion that fewer distributors should acquire films was the wrong answer to the right question, the subject became the hot topic of the festival...

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    'Mandela' Opens Strong with Weak Reviews, Spike Lee's 'Old Boy' Collapses, '12 Years a Slave' Passes 'Blue Jasmine' as Year's Best Indie Performer

    With so many adult-oriented films playing in wide release over the holiday weekend, it was more difficult for narrower releases to gain traction. One, the second Weinstein potential awards contender in a row to open in just two cities, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," exceeded expectations while t...

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    Indie Spirit Nominated 'Crystal Fairy': Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffmann Take a Psychoactive Voyage

    "Crystal Fairy," which recently scored Indie Spirit nominations for the John Cassavettes Award and Best Female Lead (Gaby Hoffmann), was written and filmed while director Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera were in Chile waiting for production of their film "Magic Magic" to continue. A film of spontane...

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