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    TIFF Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Review, and Alex Gibney Talks

    Alex Gibney's hugely entertaining Eliot Spitzer doc, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, is a leading contender for this year's doc Oscar. The movie is full of surprises. In my flip cam interview with Gibney (below) he explains how the story he tells turned out far different from what he ...

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    Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

    Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.

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    TIFF: Magnolia's Magnet Acquires Kim Jeewoon's I Saw the Devil

    I love the Korean western The Good the Bad and the Weird; Magnet Releasing, Magnolia's genre label, has acquired North American rights to Kim Jewoon's I Saw the Devil. More at indieWIRE.

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    Venice: Joaquin Phoenix is Not Here

    Rookie director Casey Affleck is playing out his hand on the bizarre Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here, which debuted in Venice Monday to rousing applause, and is still inspiring huge debate. What the hell is Phoenix doing? Committing career suicide? Creating an indelibly accurate portrait ...

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    Swinton Talks I Am Love, Orlando Reissue, and a Film with Uncle Boonmee Director

    Tilda Swinton is a brainy actress who swings easily from passion indie projects (The Deep End, Julia and the upcoming I Am Love) to studio fare, from arch-villains to objects of desire, and from mother in the Scottish highlands to glamourous globe-trotting movie star. She won an Oscar as George Cloo...

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    PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future

    Amid the general doom and gloom for studios and indies alike, at this weekend's Produced By Conference, producers Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Zanuck, Larry Gordon, and Mark Johnson marked some cautious upbeat notes, reports Amy Dawes:

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    Tribeca: Gibney Brings Three Pics to Fest, Sells My Trip to Al-Qaeda to HBO

    At a time when filmmakers the world over are struggling for funds and distribution outlets, a documentary filmmaker is doing well to sell his movie before it debuts at a fest like Tribeca. Now more than ever, as the breakout documentary hit is largely confined to the likes of pop culture entertainer...

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    Action Stars Li, Lau, Kaneshiro Shine in The Warlords

    Thursday night I saw the Chinese b.o. juggernaut The Warlords, Peter Chan's breathless $40 million period action epic starring Asian megastars Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro as three blood brothers who fight for the imperial army, which won best film and best director at the Hong Kong Film A...

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    #SXSW: Gore-Epic Centurion Makes World Debut

    Monday night I squeezed into the last seat at Fantastic Fest's midnight surprise screening of Neil "The Descent" Marshall's Romans vs. Picts epic Centurion at the Alamo Draft House.

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    Oscar Watch: Kenner Talks Food Inc.

    Can a documentary change the world? Sundance entry An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2006 documentary Oscar, certainly did. So did Super-Size Me. And so has Food Inc., Robert Kenner's probe of America's food industry. Initially inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestselling expose Fast Food Nation, Foo...

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