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    NY Times: "Crash" Principals Still Await Payments for Their Work

    When a movie costs $7.5 million to make and takes in $180 million around the world, it seems logical to think that the people who created the film would have become very rich. With "Crash," this year's Oscar winner for best picture and last year's sleeper hit at the box office, that has not been the case. The movie's co-writer and director, Paul Haggis, has so far made less than $300,000 on the film, a pittance by Hollywood standards. The eight principal actors in "Crash," including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle, have been expecting large checks for months, after deferring their usual fees in exchange for a percentage of the fil...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Keith Fulton, Co-Director of "Brothers of the Head"

    "Lost in La Mancha" directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's "Brothers of the Head" first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September (where IFC Films acquired the title), and then made its way to the Berlinale in February. The film is the story of conjoined twins who were take...

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    Is Mark Cuban The New Ted Turner?

    In New York Magazine, John Heilemann considers the similarities between Mark Cuban and Ted Turner:Cuban rolls into the lobby of the Royalton on the hottest day of the summer, looking chilled and crisp in dark slacks and a blue dress shirt. When I postulate that he's on his way to becoming the new Te...

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    "Gabrielle" and "Oblivion" Score a Wondrous Mid-Summer Weekend

    An ingenuous example of alternative programming produced a "wondrous" result on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), as Palm Pictures' "Wondrous Oblivion" came out of nowhere to take second place. The iWBOT is based on per-location grosses of independent/specialty films, which s...

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    10 Films Set for Toronto's Midnight Madness Section

    The world premiere of Larry Charles' "Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Zazakhstan," featuring Sacha Baron Cohen's infamous character will lead the list of new films screening in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program offers a mix of genre movies, including sci0fi, horror, comedy and docs. Organizers have unveiled a slate of ten midnight movies that will screen at the festival, including Jonathan King's "Black Sheep" from New Zealand, Jonathan Levine's "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" from the U.S., the anthology "Trapped Ashes" by Joe Dante, Ken Russell, Sean C...

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    Shyamaladenfreude

    In his weekly LA Times column, Patrick Goldstein reports from Hollywood of on a bit of glee following the disappointing opening of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Lady in the Water" and Michael Bamberger's new book about the director, The Man Who Heard Voices:Night has said that "Lady in the Water" began ...

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    Goldhirsh and Reason

    What is Reason Pictures and who is Ben Goldhirsh? West Magazine explores: Just a few weeks after his 26th birthday, [Ben Goldhirsh] is financing half a dozen films at his production company, Reason Pictures; getting ready to launch a national magazine, called Good; eyeing television, book publishing and the music business; and running a private foundation that gives millions a year to charity. That, and he just moved out of a small, bland studio apartment and into an airy farmhouse with a Guernica-sized TV, a stone fireplace that could double as a climbing wall, a guest cottage and hiking trails on five rugged acres in the middle of Beverly H...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. Weeken...

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    End Game: Gela Babluani's "13 Tzameti"

    Oddly, the current greatest fear as reflected in our moviegoing consciousness isn't of widespread terrorism or megaton catastrophe. Yes, large-scale disasters and toppling monuments are served up for our delectation as always; they're still making as many "Poseidon"s and "War of the Worlds"s as you ...

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    Magnolia Hues Up for Animation "The Hero of Color City"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North America distribution rights to its CG-animated feature "The Hero of Color City," Exodus Film Group announced Monday. The film is a tale chronicling the adventures of a colorful and diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect their magical, multi-hued homeland from an evil tyrant that threatens to rid their world of joy and color. The screenplay was written by J.P. McCormick and Rich Raczelowski and is targeted for a fall 2007 release. "We're excited to be partnering with Exodus on 'The Hero of Color City,'" commented Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "They've put together a gr...

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