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    AFP: Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi to join Cannes jury

    Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi said she has accepted an invitation to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month, state media reported. "I'm anticipating taking up the post and it would be an honor," Zhang was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency at a press conference on Friday in Beijing, where she was promoting her new movie "Jasmine Women." "I hope to use my influence to make more Chinese movies, if I simply want to make money, I can do that in the United States," she told reporters, according to Xinhua. Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai has been named to head the jury at the prestigious film festival, the first time tha...

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    Animal Collective: Lu Chuan's "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili"

    "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili" is, happily, nothing that it quite seems to be. Eco-friendly, "National Geographic"-funded story of an endangered species? Ripped-from-the-headlines true-life murder tale? Grandiose Herzogian treatise on man versus nature? None of those easy tags seem particularly applica...

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    "Four Eyed Monsters" By Request

    Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, filmmakers who will join indieWIRE next week for the monthly indieWIRE Presents event at the Apple Store Soho, elaborated a bit on the their distribution plans for the film in a video announcement today. They are encouraging fans of their "Four Eyed Monsters" video podc...

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    AMPAS Sets '07 Oscar Dates

    While it will still be a good 4 months before months insiders start buzzing about awards season, AMPAS has set the dates and deadlines for the 79th Academy Awards, which will be held on February 25, 2007. Nominations will be announced on January 23, 2007.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Lash Leaving IFC Films for Agency Post

    Sarah Lash is leaving her job as VP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions at IFC Films to join talent agency ICM. Lash spent five and a half years at IFC and is expected to join ICM in NYC on May 1st; a formal announcement is expected at that time.

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    Katrina, Class, Politics and A Few Filmmaking Legends in Spotlight at 9th Full Frame Doc Fest

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, organizers like to think of festival filmmakers as family. At the end of a busy weekend of movie watching last Sunday afternoon in Durham, NC, event founder and artistic director Nancy Buirski thanked attendees from the stage during the awards ceremony an...

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    "An American Haunting" and "Aurora Borealis" To Bookend 37th Nashville Fest

    The Nashville Film Festival has announced that Courtney Solomon's "An American Haunting" will be the opening night for its 37th edition to run April 20-26. Solomon's film is adapted from the 1997 novel The Bell Witch: An American Haunting and is based on true events of a family haunting in Tennessee...

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    SMH: "Casablanca" Voted Best Screenplay

    "Play it again Sam." It's the line famously quoted from a scene in "Casablanca," although what actor Humphrey Bogart actually said was. "Play it, Sam." Not that the film's writers will mind the misquote, given their screenplay for "Casablanca" is now so universally admired it has been voted the grea...

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    Minnesota Producers Conference Focuses On Location Shooting

    The IFP Minnesota Independent Producers Conference is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 22 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Producer Christine Kunewa Walker and writer/producer Joel Viertel will headline the day-long event that is constructed around the theme of location shooting. Filmmakers James Bigham and Clint Allen, who produced "Sweet Land," and "Junebug' producer, Mike. S. Ryan, will also lead panel discussions with tips about shooting on location and conduct case studies of their films. The conference takes place during the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which will screen Mora Stephen's "Convent...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Danis Tanovic

    Danis Tanovic plans to shoot his next three films in English. One project, "Triage," is based on a novel by Scott Anderson. "It's about a war photographer, a subject that really interests me," he says. Tanovic was attending the Sarajevo Film Academy in 1992 when the war broke out, and spent the next...

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