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    TRIBECA '06: Making Sense of TFF's Market; Can the Fest Turn The Corner?

    Asked to offer a few long-term goals for the Tribeca Film Festival during the annual kick-off press conference in Lower Manhattan Monday, event co-founder Jane Rosenthal reminded attendees that the first TFF was planned in just a few short months leading up to its May 2002 debut. Lacking a history o...

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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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    Arclight to Take "Rajapur" to the World

    Arclight Films has acquired Nanda Anand's debut film "Return to Rajapur" for worldwide sales. The film, described as a "heartfelt tale of love and destiny set in the sand-swept terrains of Rajapur, a desert city in Northern India," will will have its world premiere April 26th as an official selectio...

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    AFP: More movie shoots making New York Hollywood East

    Long one of Hollywood's favorite backdrops -- though, in recent years, only so far as its grit and flash can be depicted from stand-in California studios and Vancouver streets -- New York is increasingly drawing producers when it comes to location work. With 31,500 days of filming tallied in a year ...

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    Sundance Institute Appoints Mertes to Documentary Fund and Initiatives Post

    The Sundance Institute announced that Cara Mertes has been named its new director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. In her new position, Mertes will oversee all of the initiatives of the program, including the Sundance Documentary Fund, the annual Documentary Edit and Story Laboratory, the annual Documentary Composers Laboratory, the House of Docs programming at the Filmmaker Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival and ongoing year-round support for doc filmmakers. She will also curate documentary series with partner institutions, acting as liaison with other Sundance entities on doc initiatives and representing the Institute in...

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    SF Chronicle: We'll Always Have Paris

    The mayor of Paris got the full-throttle star treatment at Thursday's opening of the San Francisco International Film Festival. With no actual movie stars in attendance, photographers and TV cameramen hovered outside the Castro Theatre awaiting the arrival of Mayor Bertrand Delanoe here for a 10th a...

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    The Guardian: US bars United 93 star from premiere

    An Iraqi actor who stars in "United 93," Paul Greengrass's new film about one of the planes hijacked on September 11, has been refused entry into the US for the movie's premiere. UK-based Lewis Alsamari has been told he will not get a visa for this week's screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The ...

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    "A Time for Celebration": Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Three Times"

    The buzz coming out of Cannes last year was that "Three Times," a triptych of love stories set in different periods, would finally nab Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien a long deserved Palme d'Or. Hou left empty-handed, but eventually landed a prize just as evasive: a U.S. release. A recapitulation o...

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    TRIBECA '06: Ever Expanding, Tribeca Fest Heads Uptown As It Hits Year Five

    When the Tribeca Film Festival launched five years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, it was just a five-day event offering about 75 feature films. Established to boost the injured Lower Manhattan neighborhood adjacent to the World Trade Center, the festival sold about 35,000 tickets and boosted income i...

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    West Coast Debuts of "Neverwas" and "Illusionist" Bookend 7th Newport Beach Film Festival

    The 7th Newport Beach Film Festival opened Thursday night with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Michael Stern's "Neverwas," starring Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Lange, Sir Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy and Nick Nolte. The festival will screen over 350 films from around the world April 20 - 30. The fest winds up April 27 with the West Coast debut of romantic mystery "The Illusionist" by Neil Burger, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and the awards gala will follow the next day. The fest will also host two days of encore screenings on April 29 and 30. NBFF hosted the U.S. premiere last year of Academy Award-winning best picture, "Crash." Fo...

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