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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews, Features and Video

This week on indieWIRE, Joseph Gordon-Levitt talked about his production company, a slew of Toronto films found distributors, Netflix made a big reveal and much more.


China Submits Zhang Yimou’s Christian Bale Flick for Oscar Consideration
The new film from internationally renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern,” “Hero”) has been chosen as his country’s submission to the Oscar’s foreign language category.

Music Box Films Snatches “The Deep Blue Sea” Starring Rachel Weisz For U.S.
Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” starring Rachel Weisz, has been acquired by Music Box Films for U.S. distribution.

63rd Emmy Awards: Video & Photo Highlights, Movie Stars as TV Stars
Movie stars were TV stars last night. Here are some round-ups of highlights from the show.

Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” Gets Creative Poster, Salander Profile Covers Blomkvist
Check out the latest image (poster?) for David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Box Office: “Restless” Disappoints; “Kevin Hart” Keeps Laughing Its Way To Bank
Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” disappointed at the specialty box office this weekend.

Ninth Annual Festival of Film Preservation Coming to MoMA
New York City’s MoMA will host the ninth annual ‘To Save and Project’ program, their International Festival of Film Preservation from October 14 – November 19.

U.S. & World Premieres and Competitions Set for 2011 Austin Film Festival
Twenty-three U.S. and world premieres are on tap for the 2011 Austin Film Festival & Conference.

Magnet Goes for Ti West’s “The Innkeepers”
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. theatrical and VOD rights to Ti West’s haunted house film “The Innkeepers.”

Eight World Premieres Set for Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s Arab Competition
Now in its second year, the Arab Film Competition at the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival, will feature 14 films, eight of which will be making their world premieres.

Jafar Panahi’s “This is Not a Film” Co-Director is Among the Six Filmmakers Jailed in Iran
Mojtaba Mir Tahmaseb, Jafar Pahahi’s co-director on “This is Not A Film,” is among the six filmmakers who were arrested by Iranian authorities who claim that the group was spying on behalf of BBC Persia.

Chicago International Film Festival Sets 47th Competition Lineup
The Chicago International Film Festival unveiled its roster of films in competition, with 53 first-time filmmakers making the extensive list, featured in the event’s New Directors, International Feature, DOCUFEST, After Dark and short film competitions.

Kickstarter-Funded Soccer Doc Lands Home
Ranko Tutulugdzija and Nick Lewis’s sports documentary, “Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story,” has been acquired for worldwide distribution by D&E Entertainment.

Updated List of Foreign Language Academy Award Submissions
The submission list for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has been been coming together, with over 25 countries having now announced their selections.

Critical Consensus: Gay Romance “Weekend” Is The Critics’ Pick For This Weekend
Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Andrew Haigh’s gay romance “Weekend” opens in New York this weekend (followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks) and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

Academy Spells Out Rule Changes for Oscar Campaigning
AMPAS unveiled an updated set of rules for how films eligible for the 84th Academy Awards can be marketed to Academy members, with changes on screening events that include filmmaker participation, digital delivery of movies to Academy members and use of social media.

Fantastic Fest Selects 8 to Compete for Next Wave Spotlight
Genre film festival Fantastic Fest has announced eight films from seven different countries to compete in the 2011 AMD & Dell “Next Wave” competition.

Sundance Institute Butters “ToasT” with $4,500 Commission
The Sundance Institute Theater Program announced today that it has selected Lemon Andersen as the recipient of a $4,500 commission to complete his new play, “ToasT.”

SFFS Awards $100,000 to Innovative Documentary Filmmakers
The San Francisco Film Society today announced the three winners of its inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Funds grants. A total of $100,000 will be awarded to help cover post-production costs of the filmmakers’ documentaries.

Weinsteins Rock to Sean Penn’s “This Must Be the Place”
The Weinstein Company has picked up Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language feature, “This Must Be the Place.”

Updated List of Foreign Language Academy Award Submissions
The submission list for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has been been coming together, with over 30 countries having now announced their selections.

Other Israel Film Festival Branches Out Online and Releases Lineup
The 5th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Israeli life with films about the country’s Arab citizens, has announced its full lineup.

200 Films Set for 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival unveiled its 2011 lineup Wednesday with over 200 films from 43 countries joining this year’s roster.

Slamdance Announces “On The Road” Tour
Slamdance is going on the road this year with “On The Road,” its new traveling theatrical showcase which will screen the acclaimed documentary “Superheroes,” about actual community superheroes who patrol their streets, along with Andrew Putschoegl’s short film “Hello Caller.”

Lucy Walker and David Lowery Among 2011 Filmmakers Fund Grantees
New York summer screening series Rooftop Films has announced the grantees for its 2011 Filmmaking Fund.

SnagFilms Launches New Site, New Platforms, New Distribution—and Its First Narrative Films
SnagFilms has launched a major upgrade of its website while announcing its first collection of 400 narrative titles that will include films like Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” (see the full film for free, below) and Wong Kar-Wai’s “Happy Together.”

Sundance Update: The Racquet Club Returns and When to Expect the First Program Announcement
Sundance Film Festival had a great 2011, but there was one thing missing: The Racquet Club.

Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Centerpiece and Closing Films
The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from October 13th to 17th, has announced two high-profile films as its centerpiece and closing night features.

Updated List of Foreign Language Academy Award Submissions
The submission list for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has been been coming together, with over 30 countries having now announced their selections.

Save The Dates: Here’s the 2011-12 Awards Season Calendar
With the Toronto International Film Festival a fading memory, the 2011-12 awards season is fast approaching.


What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews this Week
A number of high profile films hit theaters this weekend, including four that premiered in Toronto. Get a feel for what’s worth your money by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network.

REVIEW | Joe Swanberg’s “Art History” is Less Cassavetes, More Kevin Smith
When Joe Swanberg and other “mumblecore” filmmakers began making waves on the festival circuit a few years ago, many considered John Cassavetes to be the progenitor of their seemingly lackadaisical improvisatory style.

Steve McQueen’s “Shame” Tops indieWIRE’s Poll of Toronto Critics
The Toronto International Film Festival has wrapped up its 2011 edition, and indieWIRE has entered hundreds of critics grades from 25 folks on the scene in Toronto to our criticWIRE section.

REVIEW | “Moneyball” Leaves the Math On the Bench and Hits a Triple
“Moneyball,” the long-gestating adaptation of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction tome about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to construct a winning team with mathematical trickery, demonstrates an awareness of the challenging material from the outset.

REVIEW | Guns a-Blazing, “Machine Gun Preacher” Repeatedly Shoots Itself in the Foot
“African Rambo” are the two words that best summarize Marc Forster’s “Machine Gun Preacher,” but they would actually make a better title.

REVIEW | “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” Will Satisfy Your Gruesome Expectations
Eric Kohn’s take on Tom Six’s simultaneously anticipated and feared follow-up to the 2009 cult hit.

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Everything You Would Ever Want to Know About Toronto 2011
This year’s massive edition of the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close this weekend with Nadine Labaki’s surprise audience award win for “Where Do We Go Now?.” indieWIRE was on the scene to review the hot titles and report on the breakouts, the buys, the stars and the parties.

For Your Consideration: 10 Things The Fall Fests Did Tell Us About Award Season
Peter Knegt on 10 things TIFF taught us about the upcoming award season.

2012 Oscar Predictions
The 2011-12 awards season is slowly falling upon us and indieWIRE will be updating this chart of predictions for the 84th Academy Award nominations on a regular basis between now and late January, when the nominations are announced.

Call It Netflix or Call it Qwikster, But With Finding Movies An Afterthought, We Call It Crazy
Dana Harris on Netflix and the company’s latest controversial business decisions.

Steve McQueen’s “Shame” Tops indieWIRE’s Poll of Toronto Critics
The Toronto International Film Festival has wrapped up its 2011 edition, and indieWIRE has entered hundreds of critics grades to our criticWIRE section.

Toronto Critic’s Notebook | Coppola’s “Twixt” Offers a Metaphor for the Disappointment of TIFF 2011
Eric Kohn discusses TIFF’s “sprawling and messy” year.

IFP Independent Film Week: 8 Quick Tips on How to Fund Your Documentary
IFP’s Independent Film Week is underway with a host of master classes, panels and conversations about financing, production, distribution and more. Among the several offerings Wednesday afternoon, IFP presented “Master Class: How to Fund Your Documentary” at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York.

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
Anne Thompson on the winners and losers of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Film Rights Aren’t Sacred. Just Give Your Audience a Reason to Buy.
There’s nothing sacred about traditional film rights; studios created them in reaction to technology.

Heaven is Working with John Waters in a Low-Budget Hell: A Crew Member’s Memoir
Robert Maier got lucky. He was just out of college when he began working with John Waters on “Female Trouble” and continued to be part of his crew through “Cry-Baby;” he also directed the 1975 short doc “Love Letter to Edie,” which profiles Waters’ longtime muse Edith Massey.

Here’s The Top-Grossing Baseball Movies, In Honor of “Moneyball”
In honor of the release of Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” this weekend, indieWIRE is offering up this list of the top grossing baseball movies of all time.

Will You See This Movie? | “The Slaughter Rule” Filmmakers Return, With a “Twilight” Werewolf
For “Winter in the Blood,” Alex and Andrew Smith are again using their home state to illustrate an interior world with an adaptation of the novel by award-winning Native American author James Welch.

Geeking Out with Cameron at the 3D Summit: Titanic, Avatar, Theme Parks
This week, in his Immersed in Movies column, Bill Desowitz talks to James Cameron at the 3D Summit.

Seven Steps to Selling Your Film, From Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun
As part of IFP’s Independent Film Week, producer and Submarine Entertainment co-founder Josh Braun spoke with Page Six deputy editor Ian Mohr to give an insider’s perspective on how to attract sales agents (like Submarine) and distributors.

Case Study: How Zeitgeist Made $1.5 Million With “Bill Cunningham New York”
IFP’s Independent Film Week closed out with Zeitgeist Film co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo discussing “Bill Cunningham New York,” their hugely successful documentary that has grossed $1.5 million domestically.


INTERVIEW | Mark Landsman On His Jamie Foxx-Approved Funk Doc, “Thunder Soul”
Winner of the 2010 Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul” follows the alumni of Houston’s Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their 92-year-old band leader, Conrad “Prof” Johnson.

Bobcat Goldthwait Hates Kim Kardashian, Diablo Cody; Loves His Movie
Eric Kohn interviews Bobcat Goldthwait about his latest film, “Gold Bless America.”

Watch – Dee Rees Talks Her Journey From Spike Lee Intern To “Pariah” Feature Film
Scott Feinberg interviews Dee Rees about her career and her new film, “Pariah.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on RECollection: Volume 1: “This is the first time that I’ve made something.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t seem like he’s running a collaborative multimedia studio.

INTERVIEW | “Shit Year,” Says Director Cam Archer, “is a thinly veiled portrait of me.”
Cam Archer was just 20 when he made his first short, “Bobbycrush,” which screened at Sundance in 2004. Since then, he’s crafted a body of work that makes him one of America’s most promising young filmmakers.

In Her Own Words | Margaret Whitton Shares a Scene From “A Bird of the Air”
Below director Margaret Whitton shares a scene from her feature directorial debut, “A Bird of the Air.” The romantic dramedy comes out in limited release this Friday, September 23.

FUTURES | “Weekend” Director Andrew Haigh: “This is not a film about sex and drugs.”
The breakout film at this year’s SXSW Film Festival was Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend,” which screened in the out-of-competition Emerging Visions section and received the audience award.

Trailers and Clips

Watch: Joyous Trailer for the Award-Winning Muppet Doc “Being Elmo”
“Being Elmo,” the crowd-pleasing profile of the man behind Elmo, arguably the most-loved Muppet on “Sesame Street,” has been melting hearts on the festival circuit since premiering at Sundance this year, where it won the Special Jury Prize.

Watch: Spoilery New Clip From ‘Albert Nobbs’ Gives A Peek At Janet McTeer’s Great Performance
Check out a scene from Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” featuring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer.

Watch: Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” Gets a Quiet Teaser
Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold’s much-discussed adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” premiered at Venice to widely favorable reviews and plenty of comments surrounding the film’s decision to cast a black actor as Heathcliff.

Watch: Trailer for Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” Finally Lands
Despite a November 9 release date, the buzz surrounding Clint Eastwood’s Leonardo DiCaprio starring biopic “J. Edgar” has been questionably low going into awards season.

Watch: Promising, If Inaccurate, Trailer for Joshua Leonard’s Directorial Debut “The Lie”
“The Lie,” actor Joshua Leonard’s first solo directing credit, premieres its first trailer.

Watch: Rooney Mara Lives Up to the Hype in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Trailer
“The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas” has dropped its first full trailer and its a dark and twisted delight.

Watch: David Lynch’s Disturbing Trailer for the 2011 Viennale
Get ready to be seriously creeped out.

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