indieWIRE’s snapshot of news and views from around the web on Tuesday.
Ultra-realist Indie Film
Andrew O’Hehir takes a very close look at Lance Hammer’s “Ballast” and comes up with a study of “a certain neorealist and/or quasi-documentary trend in American independent movies.” [SALON]
MPAA Sues RealNetworks
New RealDVD ripping software called a violation of DVD copyrights. [HR]
Jamie Stuart: Take 2
His latest short film from the New York Film Fest features Steven Soderbergh. [FILMMAKER]
NYFF: The Film Critics
Rounding up coverage of this weekend’s discussion about film criticism at the New York Film Festival. [GREENCINE]
Box Office Bottleneck
“A whopping seven wide releases — plus the semi-wide release of Bill Maher’s doc “Religulous” — debut this weekend at the domestic box office, making for the most crowded frame that anyone can remember.” [VAR]
Miyazaki Among Japan’s Greatest?
With his latest, “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” in release in Japan, a closer look at Hayao Miyazaki. [JAPAN TIMES]