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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Neil Marshall, director of "The Descent"

    British director Neil Marshall made a mark on the film scene in 2002 with his action/horror "Dog Soldiers," garnering awards at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, including a best film nod from the Catalonian International Film Festival. Returning to the genre with his latest, "The...

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    Specialty Box office "Scoop"s Some "Sunshine"

    Two studio specialty-film units - Fox Searchlight and Focus Features - took two very different approaches to opening their new comedies "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Scoop" last weekend and both worked, according to the latest indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films...

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    Filmmaker Magazine: 25 New Faces

    On Filmmaker Magazine's anticipated annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film list this year are (with links to their site for content and contact info): [1 - 5] 1) Olivia Thirlby, 2) Linas Phillips, 3) Ham Tran, 4) So Yong Kim, 5) Scott Z. Burns, [6 - 10] 6) Antonio Campos, 7) Gary Huggins, 8) Carter Smith, 9) Astra Taylor, 10) Michele Civetta, [11 - 15] 11) Esther Robinson, 12) Alex Karpovsky, 13) Aurora Guerrero, 14) Eunhee Cho, 15) Neistat Brothers, [" TARGET="_blank">16 - 20] 16) Nee Brothers, 17) Pastor Brothers, 18) Michael Tully, 19) Paul Soter, 20) Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy, [21 - 25] 21) John Maringouin, 22) Sameh Zoabi, 23) Kevin Je...

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    Fortissimo Selling "Hula Girls"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding Japan and Korea, to Lee Sang-Il's feel-good film, "Hula Girls." Set in 1965, the film is based on actual events surrounding a move to build a Hawaiian tourist village in a Japanese coal mining town. In the film, a dance instructor teaches local young women to dance the Hula and along the way they "become a phenomenal success as heroes of their hometown, as well as an inspiration throughout Japan," according to an announcement. Produced by Cine Qua Non, the film will be released in Japan in September and includes music from the acclaimed Hawaiian ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro....

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    Production Report: "A Dance for Bethany," "Choose Connor," "Halfway to Sandwich," "Kaz," and "Musici

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    NY Times: Claude Chabrol Is a Master of the Thriller (Hold the Thrills)

    For nearly 50 years Claude Chabrol has been getting away with murder. In several senses. "The Bridesmaid," which opens in the United States on Friday, is his 54th feature film. "The Bridesmaid" (La Demoiselle de L'Honneur) is also a perfect illustration of another sense in which Claude Chabrol, at 76, continues to get away with murder: it is, like so many of his pictures, a thriller that - calmly, deliberately and with exquisite perversity - refuses to thrill. He prefers on the whole to unsettle, to disorient, to unnerve and to create the sort of apprehension that cannot finally be resolved. Terrence Rafferty reports.[Free NY Times online sub...

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    Von Trier's "Boss" Set for Montreal Fest

    Lars von Trier's "The Boss of it All" will have its international premiere at the 2006 Festival du Nouveau Cinema, running from October 18 - 28 in Montreal, according to organizers. Called "a comic turn" by the Danish director, the film is described as "the tale of the owner of a technology company who decides to sell the firm. The hitch is that when he founded the company, he invented a fictitious president to hide behind when it was time to announce difficult decisions. Now that it's time to sell, potential buyers want to negotiate with the non-existent 'president'...so the owner hires a struggling actor to play the part." The cast, mostly ...

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    Toronto Fest Launches Vanguard Section; 11 Films Set So Far

    The Toronto International Film Festival will unveil a new Vanguard section at this year's festival, offering a program of films that "are stylistically bold, structurally playful and appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences." Announcing the new section today, organizers also unveiled a eleven of the films set to screen in the program. On tap so far are the world premieres of Geoffrey Wright's "Macbeth" (Australia), Pascal Arnold and Marc Barr's "Chacun Sa Nuit" (France), Antti-Jussi Annila's "Jade Warrior" (Finland/China/Estonia), and John Barker's "Bunny Chow" (South Africa). In a statement, festival co-director Noah Cowan said:"The Fest...

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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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    Mark Cuban and Movie Marketing

    Last week on his blog, Mark Cuban (owner of Landmark Theaters, HDNet, Magnolia Pictures, etc.) issued a call for new ideas about movie marketing, explaining:Only HDNet takes more time out my day than trying to solve this problem. Its the holy grail of the movie business. How do you get people out of the house to see your movie without spending a fortune. How can you convince 5 million people to give up their weekend and go to a theater to see a specific movie without spending 60mm dollars.His request for ideas generated 1,000 comments (all available online). And a follow-up post on his blog, a few days ago, has generated another 130+ comments...

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