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By admin Published: November 20, 2009

Spent part of the morning at Derby Downs with Corbin Bernsen -- and how often do you get to write a line like that? -- then wrote my video column and my Bernsen story, while researching a couple of other things along the way. And Oprah has just said she'll make her announcement at the END of her show today. So I haven't gotten to quite a few other things, from viewing the NBC Thursday comedies (saw "The Office" so far and that's it) to writing up my promised "Precious" notes. Sometime tonight, I expect. Still, here are a couple of items of interest that crossed the desk . . .

Netflix and IFC have made a new deal to stream some independent films. The word:

In a move designed to increase the reach of independent cinema, IFC Entertainment, one of the leading distributors of independent and foreign films, and Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, today announced a partnership that gives Netflix U.S. rights to 53 unique titles from IFC Entertainment. Through this agreement select titles from IFC Entertainment’s eclectic library of independent films will become available to be streamed instantly to televisions and computers via the Netflix service. . . .

The deal will include 53 contemporary classic, and recent critically acclaimed titles, including English-language independents from John Sayles’ Sundance prize winner THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and the award-winning RETURN OF SECAUCUS SEVEN, Christopher Nolan’s first film FOLLOWING, Joe Swanberg’s NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, James Toback's WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?, and Rebecca Miller's debut ANGELA.

The library will also feature documentaries by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris, including the groundbreaking THE THIN BLUE LINE and his debut feature GATES OF HEAVEN. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's award-winning BROTHER'S KEEPER, and Jim Stern and Adam Del Deo's political documentary SO GOES THE NATION are also featured.

In addition, some of the most celebrated foreign language titles of recent years can be instantly streamed from Netflix, including Susanne Bier's BROTHERS, Patrice Chereau's GABRIELLE, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Cannes prize winner NOBODY KNOWS, Lukas Moodysson's TOGETHER, Christophe Honoré’s DANS PARIS, Catherine Breillat SEX IS COMEDY, Alfonso Cuaron SOLO CON TU PAREJA, Kristian Levring THE INTENDED and Hou Hsiao Hsien’s THREE TIMES.

A reader asked not long ago when "Boondock Saints II" would be available in local theaters. Here's the skinny:

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints will be opening in Akron and Cleveland this Wednesday (November 25th) at some area theaters including Regal Montrose, University Plaza 10 and Cinemark Valley View. The film has opened to great numbers in other cities and is now expanding wider on 11/25.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is the much-anticipated sequel to the indie cult classic, The Boondock Saints. The film is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV's “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back.

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