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    Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival is set to screen international or North American premieres of seven Spanish-language films from a number of countries. Three of the titles will screen in TIFF's Dicsovery section, two in Visions and one in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while one will be shown as a Special Presentation. The seven films include: Manuel Nieto Nas' "The Dog Pound" (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), about a young urban intellectual who settles in a rural town after failing his university exams and being dumped by his girlfriend (North American debut, Contemporary World Cinema); Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's "Dark Blu...

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    NY Times: Eat Drink Make Movie: Hollywood's Next Course

    Cinema's relationship with food and drink has always been a complicated affair. Sometimes it's abusive, as Mae Clark, with her face full of grapefruit, learned from James Cagney in "The Public Enemy." Sometimes it's unrequited, as Tony Shalhoub learned from ungrateful customers in "Big Night." Now and then it amounts to a glorious epiphany, as in "Sideways," when Paul Giamatti rhapsodized to Virginia Madsen about the delicate, even haunting properties of pinot noir. A little bit of food can go a long way in the movies: think of Sue Lyons's lollipop in "Lolita," the chicken salad sandwich in "Five Easy Pieces" or Diane Keaton's pastrami on whi...

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    AP: Martin Scorcese to Remake Hong Kong Film

    Hong Kong director Andrew Lau said he's honored by Martin Scorsese's decision to remake his acclaimed crime thriller "Infernal Affairs." Scorsese's remake is named "The Departed" and features Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. Lau, who hasn't seen the remake, said Sunda...

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    AP: "Napoleon Dynamite" Town Cashes in on Film

    "Napoleon Dynamite," a low-budget, feel-good comedy starring Jon Heder, put this farm town near the Utah border on the map. It has also generated $1 million for Preston, according to the chamber of commerce, one of the first to bill the town as a destination for "Napoleon Dynamite" aficionados. The ...

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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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    Magnolia Takes English Territory Rights to "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all English language territories (North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand) for Tribeca Film Festival entry "Cocaine Cowboys" directed by Billy Corben ("Raw Deal: A Question of Consent"). Magnolia's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn, and head of business and legal affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Andrew Hurwitz and Dan O'Meara of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein. A fall release is planned. The film is described as a "portrait of the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today. The film features interviews with some of the era's...

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    Collyer's "Sherrybaby" Wins Top Prize at 41st Karlovy Fest

    The 2006 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend and Laurie Collyer's "Sherrybaby" won the event's top honor, the Crystal Globe prize which includes a $20,000 cash award. Jurors Goran Paskaljevis, Bent Hamer, Leila Hatami, Coleman Hough, Laurence Kardish, Juliusz Machuls...

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    Dark Victory: Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle"

    I anticipated a fairly fitful sleep after catching a late screening of "Gabrielle," Patrice Chereau's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story "The Return." Relationship dramas can rarely be described as spooky, but "Gabrielle," like Conrad's story, is a bona-fide creepshow, complete with scaremong...

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    Burnett Leaving TWC PR Post

    Liza Burnett is leaving the position of EVP of Publicity at The Weinstein Company, she and the company announced this weekend. Burnett said in an announcement that she will be pursuing other opportunities in the film industry and will remain on board at TWC as a consultant through the end of the month. "Liza did a terrific job overseeing our film campaigns for the last year and we are sorry to lose her," said co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a statement. "She is a talented executive and has been a valuable member of our team. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors." In her statement, Burnett said, "It was a privilege working for...

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    Venice Fest to Honor Lynch

    Filmmaker David Lynch will be honored with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival in Italy. Alongside a screening of his new film, Inland Empire, Lynch will be saluted in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema on September 6th. In announcing the honor, the festival said in a statement, "He has a fascination for what cannot normally be seen, for mysterious beauty, the one that appears in strange places, and sometimes turns into horror." Continuing they added in the announcement, "The power of his vision attacks the standards of taste, takes the reassurance out of conventions, instills doubts th...

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