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    AFP: Croatian director plans film on war crimes 'hero'

    Croatian director Antun Vrdoljak is planning to make a film about the country's top war crimes indictee Ante Gotovina starring Goran Visnjic of the "ER" television series. The capture of Gotovina came four years after the UN war crimes tribunal charged him in 2001 with atrocities committed against e...

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    Pressman Corp. Takes Rights to "Infinity"

    Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. announced Wednesday that the company has acquired the motion picture rights to "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan", Robert Kanigel's 1991 biography of Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar. The biography chronicles the life of the self-taught mathematical prodigy, who left the slums of Madras for the courts of Cambridge during World War I. Sondervan first brought the project to Pressman in late 2003 when working at ContentFilm, but Pressman and Sondervan determined the movie could not be made at the company because its "epic" nature was beyond the company's financial scope, according to a company re...

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    Drutz Joins Jeremy Walker + Associates

    New York publicist Jeremy Walker today announced that Judy Drutz, until recently an account supervisor at Dan Klores Communications, has joined Jeremy Walker + Associates as a senior publicist. Drutz spent six years at DKC honing her publicity skills, ultimately becoming Account Supervisor overseei...

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    Premier Powerhouse: PR Firm Acquires Competitor

    Premier Public Relations, a PR firm primarily based in London and Los Angeles, has acquired the twelve year old London-based firm McDonald & Rutter, the company announced this morning. Premier indicated in the announcement that the new firm will maintain a staff of about 50 in London and LA. Premier's CEO Sara Keene will run the company with Charles McDonald and Jonathan Rutter. Keene said in a statement today, "I am very much looking forward to working alongside Charles and Jonathan to develop our worldwide offering. Our combined resources and experience in UK and international publicity will be unmatched elsewhere in the industry." Premier...

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    Three Years into Conflict, Iraq War Docs Abound

    This month marks three years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, and as the bloody occupation continues with no clear end in sight, more and more documentary filmmakers are coming forth with projects that offer their take on the conflict. At the SXSW Film Festival, which concluded ten days ago in Au...

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    "Russian Dolls" and "Coastlines" Join IFC's Day and Date Program

    IFC Entertainment announced today that both Victor Nunez's "Coastlines" and Cedric Klapisch's "Russian Dolls" will be added to its new day and date distribution banner, IFC First Take. The two will be distributed theatrically and on demand simultaneously in May. Last January, IFC Entertainment became one of the only film studios to embrace the day and date concept and detail a broad multi-picture day date strategy. In 2006, IFC will distribute a series of twenty-four independent films allowing people outside of New York, Los Angeles, and various film festivals to view the films. Today's announcement joins a slate of films that already inc...

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    "Smoking" Still Atop BOT, "Kabul" and "'Enfant" Show Promise

    In a tough competitive environment for specialty films, with more than 70 in the theatrical marketplace, Fox Searchlight's political, satirical "Thank You For Smoking" continues to be the runaway success story in its second week of release. It finished first on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Track...

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    "A Little Piece of Heaven," "Iraq in Fragments" and "A Lion in the House" Take Honors at Cleveland I

    Czech film "A Little Piece of Heaven" by Peter Nikolaev and James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments" took the 30th Cleveland International Film Festival's Eastern European Film Competition and the Documentary Film Competition prizes respectively over the weekend. The fest took place in Cleveland March 16 - 26. Also taking accolades were Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar's doc "A Lion in the House" (special jury award), and Ian Inaba's "American Blackout" (The Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition). Radu Mihaileanu's "Live and Become" won the audience award. indieWIRE will publish an extended winners and festival article later this week. ...

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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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    Landmark Theatres Opens New York Office; Hires Bunnell and Raddatz

    Landmark Theatres has opened a New York City office, and has hired Lisa Bunnell as its east coast film buyer and Melissa Raddatz as its director of publicity, Landmark Theatres CEO Bill Banowsky announced Monday. Reporting directly to Ted Mundorff, Landmark Theatres vice president of film and head film buyer, Ms. Bunnell will primarily be responsible for booking all east coast Landmark screens and sites. She joins Mundorff's team of Mike McClellan, Mabel Tam, Ruth Hayler, and Mark Valen. Bunnell was most recently a senior film buyer at Loews Cineplex Entertainment. Raddatz, who recently worked on the Oscar campaign for "Enron: The Smartest Gu...

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