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News from April 11, 2001

How times have changed.

The Hollywood Reporter announces that “O,” Tim Blake Nelson’s modern day retelling of William Shakespeare’s Othello, has been sold by Miramax to Lions Gate, who is planning a 1500 screen release in August. The film has been sitting on the shelf for two years now (not all that odd an incident for Miramax), due to the changed storyline, which now climaxes with a school shooting where several students are killed.

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”Still Crazy”

It happens to everyone from time to time. You’re walking up and down the aisles of the video store, hoping that someone just returned a copy of the hot new release and the stockboy is going to put it back on the shelf. Sometimes, you get lucky, instead of standing around like an idiot waiting for a copy of the latest crapfest from Jerry Bruckheimer, why not grab one of those movies people have told you to see but you never remember once you’re actually marching up and down the new rentals section of Ballbuster. In fact, why not make a list right now of all those films. And put this one on the very top…

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News from March 18, 2001

At last, “The King Is Alive,” the final of the four original Dogme95 films, is coming to America.

Kristian Levring, who along with Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vintenberg and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen started the no-frills filmmaking credo six years ago, directs this story about a group of people stranded in Saharan Africa when their bus breaks down, who turn to performing King Lear to pass time.

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