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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Alexander Payne Talks “Descendants,” Oscar’s Flashback to 1998 and More

Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Alexander Payne Talks "Descendants," Oscar's Flashback to 1998 and More

Today on indieWIRE, we chatted with director Alexander Payne, made some interesting possible connections between this year’s and 1998’s Academy Awards, talked to a hack about screenwriting and much more!

INTERVIEW | Alexander Payne On “The Descendants” And Why It’s a Minor Work
Eric Kohn speaks with Alexander Payne about HBO’s “The Wire,” his favorite films and his latest movie “The Descendants.”

Three Tips to Keep Filmmakers Focused From the FIND Forum
Is it the best of times or the worst of times to be an independent filmmaker? As usual, it’s both.

For Your Consideration: The Curious Way This Year’s Oscars Could Mirror 1998
Peter Knegt on how this year’s Academy Awards could provide a callback to the 1998 ceremony.

Meet the Hack Behind “Screenwriting Tips… You Hack”
Steve Greene speaks to Xander Bennett, the “hack” behind the Tumblr and book “Screenwriting Tips… You Hack.”

Magnolia Takes U.S. Rights to Fernando Meirelles’ All-Star “360”
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Fernando Meirelles’ (“The Constant Gardener,” “City of God”) “360,” starring Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster.

Video: Fassbender and McQueen Talk Shame at NYFF
Check out Shame‘s Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen answering some wordy questions at the NY Film Festival.

Paris Announces the Dates For Its First-Ever Film Festival
Under the patronage of the French Minister of Culture, Paris is set to launch the first edition of their film festival next June.

Watch: New Trailer For Martin Scorsese’s Family Fairytale “Hugo”
With Emily Mortimer recently telling us the film was a “hymn to the imagination,” and the picture creating some very strong buzz thanks to its recent surprise screening at the New York Film Festival where we said it was an “enchanting fairy tale,” we have to say that while we definitely encourage people to see Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo”, the first trailer and now this most recent, aren’t doing much to instill excitement.

iW’s Project of the Day: Hiding from Your Horrors in the Southwest in “Coyote Requiem”
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

“Our Own Oslo” to Open 60th Mannheim-Heidelberg Fest
The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg has announced the line-up for its 60th edition. Reynir Lyngdal’s film “Our Own Oslo” has been chosen to open the festival.

Congrats to “Tomorrow We Disappear,” This Week’s Project of the Week
Thanks to your votes, the documentary about a fading, no, disappearing, magician’s community in India “Tomorrow We Disappear” “Crisis Call 211” won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest for last week!

Thessaloniki Fest Selects “Faust,” “Elena” as Open Horizons Screenings
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has announced its selections for its Open Horizons program.

2012 Oscar Predictions
indieWIRE will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award nominations between now and late January, when the nominations are announced.

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