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    Lipsky Returns to Distrib Roots

    Distributor-turned-filmmaker Jeff Lipsky--who co-founded October Films with Bingham Ray-- is returning to the fray, bent but unbowed. Here's his announcement:

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    Paramount Acquires Middle Men

    While the deal for Paramount to acquire George Gallo's Middle Men, starring Luke Wilson and James Caan, was closed late in the year, details are just emerging. Essential Entertainment started handling sales for the Oxymoron Entertainment-funded movie at Cannes, reported Screen:

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    Sundance Exclusive: Calderon Talks Digital Indie Challenges

    As the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, issues of getting indie films out into the marketplace are front and center.

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    AMC Select Seeks Filmmakers

    With a lack of available distributors to handle the spate of indie films seeking theatrical release, some filmmakers are taking matters into their own hands. Doc director Mary Mazzio went directly to a theater chain. Now her movie is playing in eight cities.

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    AFM: Big Titles For Sale from Redford, Soderbergh, Sheridan

    In the midst of trying times for the film industry, as the American Film Market gets under way in Santa Monica November 4 through 11, the presence of three high-profile projects is making buyers feel better about their prospects.

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    Bad Lieutenant Deserves Serious Release

    In this day and age, any indie movie that gets a release at all is lucky, I suppose.

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    Girl with Dragon Tattoo Gets U.S. Release

    As I speed through the second installment of the late Swedish author Steig Larsson's global bestseller, the Millenium Trilogy, Music Box Films is considering a U.S. release of the Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which has grossed almost $100 million worldwide to date. (Here's...

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    Monaghan Drives Trucker

    Former Slamdance Film fest producer James Mottern wrote and directed Trucker, an unpretentious, tough little movie that debuted at Tribeca in 2008 and is finally getting a modest release this week, starting in New York. The movie is about an independent young truck-driver (Michelle Monaghan) who is...

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    Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray

    As Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime meets a mixed response at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and the NYFF (see IndieWIRE's critics poll), the two women who raised the funding for the $5-million movie are sitting on tenterhooks hoping to score a distribution deal that has not materialized.

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    Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?

    Ever since the Indie Summit last week, something has been nagging at me.

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