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    New Outsider Pictures Unveils Slate

    With the goal of releasing six to eight films per year, Paul Hudson and Peter Peterson recently unveiled the launch slate for their new distrution company, Outsider Pictures. The principles said in an announcement that they plan to release dramatic and documentary films in the U.S., Cananda and Lati...

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    Fifteen Finalists Go Online for SXSWclick

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals has revealed the finalists for the 2006 SXSWclick online media festival. The fifteen finalists are divided into five different categories, and online users can view the finalists and submit votes for the "Popularity Contest" portion of SXSWclick. A panel of jurors will also select their picks for the jury competition. The winners of both sections will be announced July 28. The finalists in each category are: "Embedded" by Greg O'Bryant, "Following Abraham" by Jacob Waxler, "Playing Chicken: The Movie" by Bradley Jackson (Old School Shorts); "Art/Work" by Avram Dodson, "Cherchez La Femme"...

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    Reuters: Iraqi film makers risk all to tell their stories

    Hollywood directors risk big budgets and reputations when they work. Iraqi film makers risk their lives. When Ammar Saad was shooting his documentary "Damned Gum," about the dangers of being a journalist in Baghdad since the U.S. invasion in 2003, a bomb went off meters from where he stood and blood was spattered over his camera lens. It is the kind of experience that would put many off. But along with dozens of others in Iraq, the 28-year-old photographer is determined to tell his story on celluloid. His next project is a feature-length film about a man who ventures out of his Baghdad apartment for the first time in three years, finally over...

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    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to Fete Amos Gitai

    Israeli director Amos Gitai ("Kippur") will be honored by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival with its Freedom of Expression Award, the event has announced. Gitai will receive the honor at the historic Castro Theatre on July 23 for being a "leader in using contemporary independent film to expand notions of Jewish identity." In addition, the festival will screen his two newest films, the narrative feature "Free Zone," starring Hiam Abbass, Hanna Laslo and Natalie Portman and the documentary "News From Home"/"News From House." The 26th SFJFF will take place July 20 - August 7 in San Francisco, Berkeley, Mountain View and San Rafael. [Brian ...

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    Darryl Stephens to Receive Philadelphia Gay Fest Honor

    Actor Darryl Stephens will be honored at the 12th Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival taking place July 13 - 25. Stephens, best known as Noah Nicholson on Logo network's "Noah's Arc," will accept the fest's inaugural Rising Star Award on Saturday, July 15. From television to the big screen, Ste...

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    AP: Film Academy Invites 120 New Members

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Werner Herzog, Dolly Parton and Dakota Fanning were among those who received one of Hollywood's most exclusive invitations Wednesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which votes on the Oscars invited them to join its ranks. The Academy offered membership to 120 actor...

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    Venice Announces Jury for Late Summer Fest

    The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its full jury line up for its 63rd edition taking place August 30 - September 9. Joining this year's jury president, Catherine Deneuve, who was previously announced are: Spanish director and screenwriter Juan Jose Bigas Luna, Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, American director, produce and screenwriter Cameron Crowe, Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, Korean director and screenwriter Park Chan-wook, and Italian actor and director Michele Placido. Jurors will determine the festival's Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director, the Special Jury Prize, the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor, the Co...

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    4th of July Weekend a Dud; "Strangers with Candy," "Rockers" and "Cohen" Strong

    With one spectacular exception - the Amy Sedaris-starring "Strangers With Candy" - and several smaller ones, the five-day Fourth of July holiday didn't produce fireworks for independent/specialty films, based on the results of the latest indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT). Only three films...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Four World Debuts for September Event

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has released more details of its event taking place September 7 - 16, with three world premieres from the United States on tap. The world premiere of Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men," starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The film, which will be presented as a gala is the story of Willie Stark (Penn), a charismatic Southern politician whose idealism is marred by his own corruption, success and insatiable lust for power. Also joining this year's line up is Bob Balaban's "Bernard and Boris," which is based on the life story of bill...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Scanner Darkly" Opens On A (Relatively) Quiet Weekend

    It is a relatively quiet weekend for new movies in theaters. With a number of current specialty releases already vying for moviegoers, just a couple of new titles will join the fray. Among the highest profile is Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly," which will kick-off in 17 locations from Warner ...

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