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Here Are Nine Stories You May Have Missed This Weekend

Here Are Nine Stories You May Have Missed This Weekend

In case you were away from your computer this weekend, get caught up on what you missed by checking out nine of the top stories published over the past two days on Indiewire and the blog network.

Indie Box Office: Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia Debuts Strong
Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” debuted on 19 screens this weekend care of Magnolia Pictures, and the results were not so melancholic. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, “Melancholia” grossed a respectable $270,000, averaging $14,210.

Wide Box Office: Mighty “Immortals” Slays
Of  three high-profile pictures arriving this 11/11/11 weekend, Relativity’s “Immortals” easily captured the top spot with an estimated $32 million, landing ahead of expectations and marking a company best debut.  The stylized VFX-packed R-rated sword-and-sandal actioner from the producers of “300” and director Tarsem Singh was expected to open in the $25 million-to-$30 million range.

Inside the Academy’s Governors Awards
Arriving at the Governors Awards is overwhelming at first because there’s a new star around every shoulder. The Board of Governors invites a swath of Oscar voters to attend the swanky Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner at Hollywood and Highland, so studio publicists make sure as many of their award contenders are on hand to work the room as possible.

Paul Mazursky is Vanity Fair’s New Film Critic
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has made a smart move: he’s giving veteran writer-director Paul Mazursky (“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Harry and Tonto”)  an online gig as VF’s film critic. Mazursky’s first reviews are Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” and Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar.”

Director and Actress Rie Rasmussen Says Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” Will “Revolutionize” Hollywood
Earlier this week, The Playlist spoke with Rie Rasmussen, the model-turned-actress-turned writer/director/editor/producer. Best known to American audiences for her steamy makeout scene with Rebecca Romjin-Stamos in Brian De Palma’s “Femme Fatale,” Rasmussen has in recent years been carving out a new career behind the lens.

Doc Noms Could Raise Awareness for Society’s Ills and Injustices
Forget Best Picture or Best Actor, the Oscar for Best Documentary may be the Academy Awards’ most important and influential. Consider the platform it gave to the problems of global warming when “An Inconvenient Truth” won the top prize. Or the media ruckus that Michael Moore caused when he rallied against George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.

Top Winners at Lone Star International Film Festival
“A Little Closer” won the narrative feature jury prize at the 5th annual Lone Star International Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.

iPOP On the Scene: AFI Fest Brings Almodovar and Herzog to LA, While “Marilyn” Hits NYC
AFI Fest, which just wrapped last night with Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” attracted some of film’s brightest stars to Los Angeles for its annual event. Everyone from Leonard DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood (in town for the world premiere of “J. Edgar”) to Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas (Almodovar was the festival’s guest Artistic Director) were among the many faces to make appearances.

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. Each week, the update will be supplemented by a weekly awards-related column, which will often work to provide context for the list provided below.

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