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    AP: Cuban-American filmmaker risks punishment

    Cuban-American filmmaker Luis Moro expressed his disdain for the long-standing U.S. trade and travel restrictions against Cuba in a very public way: he made a movie there. Moro's "Love and Suicide" screened recently in New Jersey after having been shown last year in Los Angeles, Miami Beach and the ...

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    indieWIRE Presents: "Strangers With Candy" Actress Amy Sedaris and Director Paul Dinello

    indieWIRE continues its monthly series with Apple Store - SoHo that presents indie film professionals discussing various aspects of the filmmaking process. On Thursday, June 8th, (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m) Actress Amy Sedaris and Director Paul Dinello will discuss their feature film, "Strangers With Candy," a prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central television series. The film is the tale of Jerri Blank, a forty-seven year old ex-con, junky whore who decides to return home after thirty-two years as a runaway. Sedaris and Dinello will discuss the development of the film, adapting the small screen to the big screen, and their creative pro...

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    "Truth" Conveniently Heats Up Specialty Box office Again

    In leading the indieWire Box-Office Tracking report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films for a second straight week, Paramount Classics' "An Inconvenient Truth" posted a bevy of impressive numbers. In expanding from four to 77 theaters - from two each in New York and L.A. into the Top Ten markets ...

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    Eighth Annual CineVegas Fest To Spotlight Sex, Adultery and Drugs

    The CineVegas Film Festival has announced it will open its eighth edition with Paul Dinello's comedy, "Strangers With Candy," about an ex-con and junkie (played by Amy Sedaris) who returns to her hometown to try to start her life over. The film also stars Stephen Colbert and Philip Seymour Hoffman. ...

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    here! To "Race You to the Bottom" Worldwide

    here! Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights to writer/director Russell Brown's "Race You to the Bottom." Set in modern day California, the film follows Nathan, a travel journalist, as he is assigned to write about romantic hotspots in the Napa Valley. He invites Maggie, the woman he has been seeing for months, to come along for a passionate weekend getaway. Trouble is, Maggie already has a boyfriend - and so does Nathan. The film, which is Brown's directorial debut, will be released theatrically in early 2007 in select cities nationwide through here! Films sister company Regent Releasing. here! Films is the theatrical distribution ...

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    Film Movement Goes "Monster" and "Cheek" in North America

    Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Norwegian writer/director Arild Ostin Ommundsen's "Monster Thursday," and Indian director Mani Ratnam's "A Peck on the Cheek," the company's president Stuart Litman announced Tuesday. According to Film Movement, "Monster Thursday" centers on Even, a young man who leads a directionless life. Tord, his best friend, is the opposite: a great surfer with a prestigious job and beautiful Karen as his bride who Even secretly desires. When Tord asks him to look after Karen while he is out of town, Even decides to clean up his act and master the waves to impress her." The film screened in competition...

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    SXSW "Clicks" for Third Shorts Fest Online

    South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced the third installment of its new media festival, "SXSWclick," a year-round program designed to spotlight "short-form storytelling via the Internet and mobile devices." The fest's line up will be announced June 30th and a jury will select winners in five categories, including "old school shorts, "really real shorts," "animate-it," "sound checks," and "What the film?" There will also be an audience prize in which viewers can vote online. Winners will be announced July 28th and will automatically screen during the SXSW Film Festival taking place March 9 - 18, 2007 in Austin, TX. The deadline for submission...

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    SF Chronicle: For Citizen Gore, The Cause is Global

    There is a message that former Vice President Al Gore wants to spread about global warming. He repeats it often in the new documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in his book of the same name coming out on June 13 from Rodale Books and in the multimedia presentation that he has delivered as the Johnny Appleseed of climate crises more than 1,000 times since leaving office. "(Global warming) has steadily risen over the last four decades to be, by far, the most important challenge that we face," he says. "I believe that it is a planetary emergency, and now the debate is over. The consensus is in. It's real. We're causing it. The effects are really ...

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    The Guardian: Has Porn Entered the Mainstream?

    Trash maestro John Waters, director of such cult classics as "Pink Flamingos" and "Multiple Maniacs," once told me that he believed one of the last taboos of cinema would be broken when A-list Hollywood stars performed actual sex acts on screen. Only then would we know that hard-core pornography, on...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, 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. thre...

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