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    NewFest '06 to Open with "Strangers with Candy"

    The 18th edition of NewFest, New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, will open June 1st with the New York premiere of Paul Dinello's "Strangers with Candy," the event's executive producer Basil Tsiokos announced Wednesday. Starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Dinello (who directed and co-wrote the film wtih Colbert), the film is a "A prequel to the Comedy Central series of the same name about Jerri Blank (Sedaris), a forty-seven year old ex-con, junky whore who decides to return home after thirty-two years as a runaway and decides to turn her life around by picking it up exactly where she left off - as a high sch...

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    NY Times: Film Ignites the Wrath of Hindu Fundamentalists

    Director Deepa Mehta's "'Water' [is] a lush new film that opened on Friday, about Chuyia, an 8-year-old widow in the India of 1938. She has barely met her husband but is banished by her parents to a decrepit widows' house on the edge of the Ganges. Chuyia is left there sobbing, in one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the film, but she insists her parents will soon return for her... In January 2000 [director] Deepa Mehta was forced to shut down production of 'Water' in Varanasi, one of India's holy cities on the banks of the Ganges, after Hindu nationalists protested that the film was anti-Hindu. Some 500 demonstrators took to the streets...

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    AP: Tribeca Films Show Varying Takes on Iraq

    "Several documentaries playing at the Tribeca Film Festival offer perspectives on the war in Iraq that you won't get from the news. One is 'The War Tapes,' which made its world premiere over the weekend and was shot entirely by members of the New Hampshire National Guard; another, 'The Blood of My Brother,' focuses on a Baghdad family mourning the death of a son, who was shot by U.S. forces while protecting a mosque. Also making its world premiere at Tribeca is 'When I Came Home,' about an Iraq war veteran who returned to Brooklyn suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up living out of his car. Finally there's 'Home Front,' a...

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    Reuters: Film piracy costs Hollywood $6.1 bln: study

    "Hollywood's major movie studios lost $6.1 billion in revenues in 2005 to illegal videos, DVDs and Internet downloads, which is about 75 percent higher than previous estimates, the studios' representative said. In a study released late on Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), wh...

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    Gill Leaving Warner Independent; Surprise Move Raises Questions About Direction for Unit

    Nearly three years after launching Warner Independent Pictures, the company's parent company, Warner Bros. Pictures, announced late Tuesday night that Mark Gill is leaving his post as president of the division. The news came as a complete surprise to people inside and outside of the company, raising...

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    CANNES '06: Line up Set for 38th Directors' Fortnight

    Since 1969, the French Directors Guild has programmed a selection of films in Cannes from around the world, known as the Directors' Fortnight that is independent from the Cannes Official Selection. The line up includes both established new talent as well as filmmakers who are little known in the Wes...

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    indieWIRE ALERT: Gill Leaving Warner Independent

    Warner Independent Pictures announced Tuesday night that Mark Gill is stepping down from his post as president of the company. The move will be effective tomorrow (Thursday) and Gill will enter into a production deal with Warner Bros., the studio said tonight in a statement. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    "Army" Invades Specialty Box office; "Water" Rises

    This week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of new art and specialty films was led by 1969 movie, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows." The latest restoration project by Rialto Pictures grossed $12,620 at New York's Film Forum last weekend. Rialto's previous release, director Carol ...

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    Ham Tran Wins Perrier Prize

    Filmmaker Ham Tran, director of "Journey From The Fall," has been awarded Perrier's Bubbling Under Award, presented at the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival. The prize recognizes, "the achievements of an emerging and flourishing feature film director who has demonstrated outstanding talent." The filmmaker, an immigrant from Saigon, recently graduated from UCLA with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television. The film, inspired by actual events, "follows the Nguyen family as they were separated after April 30, 1975. Like hundreds of thousands of other South Vietnamese, Long Nguyen endures the incredible ordeals of communist 're-educat...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unac...

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