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Today on indieWIRE, real life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman talked 'Buck,' a documentary tops our weekly critic's poll, the Academy threw a curve ball and much more.

  • Revered horse trainer and real-life cowboy Buck Brannaman is used to a busy, road tripping lifestyle. For three decades in clinics all over the U.S., Brannaman has taught horse owners what is commonly referred to as "natural horsemanship": a philosophy of working with horses based on understanding how horses think and communicate. Now with the release of Cindy Meehl's documentary on his life and troubled childhood, 'Buck,' Brannaman is busier (and bound to become more popular) than ever. indieWIRE caught up with Brannaman in New York to discuss why he agreed to take part in 'Buck' and what life is like under a camera lens.

  • Speaking of 'Buck,' it came in second in this week's Critical Consensus column. Click here to see what came out on on top.

  • Entering its third year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) continues its intention of bringing many of the strongest sleeper hits of the American film festival circuit to appreciative crowds in Brooklyn. Click here for the five must-see films at this year's BAMcinemaFest (as picked by Eric Kohn).

  • Next month indieWIRE turns 15 and we're hosting a series of screenings in New York to celebrate. With the help of Rooftop Films, Sundance hit 'Bellflower' will make its New York premiere as our anniversary centerpiece July 15. Check out the just-released trailer and full lineup of events here.

  • Just two years after dramatically altering tradition by expanding its best-picture lineup from five to 10, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has thrown another curve ball by voting to allow "between five and 10 nominees in the 2011 Best Picture competition." Want Peter Knegt's thoughts on the whole affair? Go here.

  • Someone who attended Tuesday night's New York Public Library event celebrating the release of now-notorious Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortés' 'Go the F**k to Sleep' captured the event on their camera, God bless them.

  • Ben Affleck will next sit in the director's chair to helm the Hollywood remake of the 2006 French thriller 'Tell No One,' according to The Playlist. Go to Thompson on Hollywood for Anne Thompson's analysis.

  • Buried in the lineup for the 46th Annual Karlovy Vary Film Festival was an announcement that John Malkovich will hold a fashion show for Technobohemian, his "nontraditional" men's clothing line, using top Czech actors as his catwalk models. For more go here.