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    IFC Buys "Barley"

    IFC Entertainment has nabbed rights to Ken Loach's Cannes winner, "The Wind That Shakes The Barley." The company plans to release the movie via its new IFC First Take day-and-date distribution initiative that takes films simultaneously to theaters and on-demand cable television. The film will screen...

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    Film Independent's Producers Lab deadline

    Film Independent is now accepting submissions for its annual Producers Lab that will take place in Los Angeles during October and November 2006. The deadline for submissions is August 28, 2006 (postmarked). Sponsored by Technicolor, Film Independen's Producers Lab is an intensive seven-week progra...

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    Palm Springs Shorts Fest Line up Showcases High Profile Roster

    Award-winning live-action and animated films from the Cannes, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy, Aspen, and Toronto Festivals and the European Film Award winner are among the opening night highlights for the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and Short Film Market (ShortsFest), taking...

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    Ganis Re-Elected President of the Academy

    Sid Ganis was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesTuesday night (8/15) by the organization's Board of Governors, his second consecutive term in the office. In other post developments at the Academy, Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor and past Academy president, was re-elected first vice president; Music Branch governor Arthur Hamilton was re-elected to a vice president post; Sound Branch governor Donald C. Rogers was elected to a vice president post; Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected treasurer and Actors Branch governor Kathy Bates was re-elected secretary. Ganis is now in his 20th year a...

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    SF Chronicle: Multiple Maggies

    Like the British actor who starred in so many films in so little time that Chris Rock teased him about it at the Academy Awards, the 28-year-old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal suddenly has five movies hitting theaters in just three months. "I didn't make them all at once," she says, laughing, propping her bare feet on a chair as she sips a glass of orange juice. "I made them over 2 1/2 years, but it's actually kind of interesting to see all my work over that time come out at once." But "Sherrybaby" is the picture most likely to remind moviegoers of "Secretary," the 2002 sadomasochism-themed drama that put Gyllenhaal on the map as an actress willin...

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    NY Times: A New Film Documents One Town's Automotive Version of Graffiti

    Deer Isle and the town of Stonington, at its southern tip, have long served as both muse and home for storied American artists. Visitors to the island in recent seasons may have noticed that a new artist is making his mark as well: Chuggy, a k a Chuck Proper. That mark usually involves a long strip of angry-looking scalded rubber, which can be seen on many of the island's twisting roads. And while the work of Chuggy and the native tribe of so-called burners may never hang in one of the dozens of galleries in and near Stonington, their handiwork is being memorialized in "Tire Tracks," a 40-minute documentary. David Carr reports.[Free NY Times ...

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    Reuters: Iran cinema booms as people crave romantic comedy

    International audiences have come to know Iranian cinema as a lyrical but slow-paced genre where horses slog through snowy Kurdish mountain passes and children spend two hours looking for a lost bank note. Such art house films may win plaudits at festivals like Cannes, but they are not the sort of m...

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    IFP Unveils Independent Film Week Plans

    IFP's Independent Film Week, a four-day New York City promotion aimed at bringing independent films to local audiences, will kick off on September 18th with the NYC premiere of Dito Montiel's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints". The public event, which coincides with the annual IFP Market and conference, will also include a new DIY "Do It Yourself" Indie screening series, featuring a screening of Todd Rohal's "The Guatemalan Handshake", Lance Weiler's "Head Trauma" and Susan Buice and Arin Crumley's "Four Eyed Monsters". Other programs include an evening NY Times panel discussion on September 13th, and a special four-day reduced ticket price...

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    MGM Pursues Screen to Stage Projects

    Under the MGM On Stage label, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is pursing a plan to bring a slate of plays to theaters, projects for the stage adapted from movies. Among them are "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (opening soon in L.A.), a stage adaptation of "Midnight Cowboy" that is playing at the Edinburg...

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    iW BOT: "Half Nelson" Tops Box Office With Stellar NY Debut; "Sunshine" Still Golden

    Once again, Sundance buzz has propelled a new American movie to a great debut on the latest indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iBOT) of independent/specialty films, as "Half Nelson" finished first. At the same time, two other films that were highly praised at this year's Sundance Film Festival - ...

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