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    indieWIRE BOT: "Wassup" Rocks Box Office With Strong Weekend in NYC; LA and Chicago Up Next

    After following "Kids" with several movies so tough in their sex, violence and pessimism they barely found audiences, Larry Clark's change-of-pace "Wassup Rockers" seemed to be just what independent/specialty filmgoers wanted last weekend. It finished first on the indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Repor...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: Westfeldt Back at LA Film Fest, With "Ira and Abby"; And Linklater Chats

    Five years after finding success at the Los Angeles Film Festival with "Kissing Jessica Stein," where the film won the audience award and was subsequently acquired by Fox Searchlight, writer and actress Jennifer Westfeldt returned to the fest with her latest film, "Ira and Abby." Westfeldt again wro...

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    East Coast Debut of "Journey" Slated for 29th Asian American International Film Festival

    Asian CineVision (ACV), a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions, announced its 29th Asian American International Film Festival taking place July 13-21 and August 3-6. Nineteen features and 74 shorts are slated this year, in...

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    Film on Japan abductee seeks to raise awareness

    The American makers of a documentary about a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean agents hope that telling her story will bring her plight, and those of other abductees, to a wider audience around the world. Megumi Yokota, who disappeared on her way home from school in 1977 at the age of 13, has ...

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    Sony Classics Gets Zhang Yimou's New Film

    Zhang Yimou's period epic "Curse of the Golden Flower" has been nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. The company nabbed North American and Latin American rights to the period epic, according to an announcement today. The film, currently shooting in China, stars Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li and marks the ninth time that Zhang Yimou and the Sony Classics team with work together. In an announcement, the company described the film's plot as being about "the volatile balance of power between the King (Chow Yun Fat) and the Queen (Gong Li) and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons." ...

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    Death Metal: Chris Paine's "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

    The movement of documentaries into the mainstream has brought forth its share of negatives to go along with the obvious positive of a more inclusive market. Coupled as the upsurge has been with the rise of reality TV and the accessibility of DV, I suppose it shouldn't come as a shock that the popula...

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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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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: "Prada" Opening, Lucas Hosts Filmmakers, Gore on "Green Day" and More

    The Los Angeles Film Festival got off to a glamorous start Thursday night with the L.A. premiere of David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" in the heart of the event's new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Though the Fox release is clearly Hollywood fare (with a cast that includes such boldfaced names...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Kyle Henry, Director of "Room"

    Continuing its theatrical run, Kyle Henry's "Room" will open at New York's Pioneer Theater in the East Village this Wednesday. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Henry's first fiction feature debuted at Sundance last year and later had its international premiere at the Cannes Fil...

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    LA TIMES: 10 L.A. Fest Films To Catch

    In a Los Angeles Film Festival preview piece published last week in the L.A. Times, Kevin Crust picks ten fest flicks worth seeing (from those available for him ahead of time), recommending a majority of docs.

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