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    indieWIRE ALERT: Linde Leaving Focus; Joining Shmuger Atop Universal

    Focus Features co-president David Linde is leaving the specialty division to become co-chairman of Universal Pictures alongside Marc Shmuger (who was previously vice chairman of the studio). The appointments are effective immediately according to an announcement today from Universal Studios presiden...

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    Tribeca Fest Unveils 60 More Features; Spotlight and Discovery Sections Highlighted

    Another sixty feature films have joined the lineup of movies screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Festival organizers unveiled plans rosters for both the Spotlight and the new Discovery sections, along with the movies screening in two new NY Specials secions. 37 films will screen in the n...

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    SF Chronicle: Interview: Robin Wright Penn

    Her newest movie is exactly the kind of project that feeds an artist's creative urges but simultaneously does zilch to boost her career or marketability. "Sorry, Haters," is a low-budget drama with a scorpion's sting -- an often wildly implausible parable about a lonely New York woman (Robin Wright ...

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    "V for Vendetta" a revolutionary call to arms

    In a political environment that can brew controversy out of allegorical children's fables or a documentary about penguins, it is hard to imagine the intensity of feeling that will greet "V for Vendetta," a movie whose heroes are terrorists. One foresees news talk shows in which red-faced pundits den...

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    Worldwide cinema takings fall 9%

    International film box office revenues fell by nine per cent in 2005, according to a US movie industry body. The Motion Picture Association of America said only four films made more than $300 million outside the US, compared with seven in 2004. Chief executive Dan Glickman blamed the decline on drop...

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    NY Times: Upset "Brokeback" Fans Advertise Their Feelings

    After "Brokeback Mountain" lost the best picture Oscar to "Crash," more than 800 fans - participants in an online discussion group known as the Ultimate Brokeback Forum - chipped in more than $24,000 to buy a full-page ad in Daily Variety. The ad, which ran Friday, thanked the makers of the movie "for transforming countless lives through the most honored film of the year.""I felt we had to do something," said Dave Cullen, a journalist in Denver who bought the ad after setting up several Brokeback sites, at addresses including brokeback.davecullen.com. "People were distraught, upset, angry; they couldn't believe it." Stuart Elliott reports.Fre...

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    Reuters: Gore vouches for "Truth"

    Former Vice President Al Gore is drumming up interest in his upcoming environmental documentary by screening it for movie theater owners at their annual convention in Las Vegas. Gore, an environmental advocate and self-described recovering politician, fielded questions from attendees after Monday's screening of "An Inconvenient Truth," a cautionary chronicle of global warming that premiered to favorable reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It will be released on May 26 by the specialty division of Paramount Pictures. "What we have found about this movie is (that) the word-of-mouth gets people to come in and see it and bring other...

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    Reuters: Canada's top movie awards go "C.R.A.Z.Y."

    A French-language, gay-themed coming-of-age drama about a large Catholic family dominated Canada's Genie film awards Monday, taking home 10 prizes, including best film and director. Jean-Marc Vallee's Quebec-made "C.R.A.Z.Y." also won honors for original screenplay, actor (Michel Cote), supporting actress (Danielle Proulx) and a host of craft awards. It went into the event with 12 nominations. The impressive showing for "C.R.A.Z.Y." caps off a stellar year for Vallee. His $6 million film was the highest-grossing homegrown movie in Canada last year. It also won honors at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and t...

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    Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz" To Open 9th Bermuda Film Fest

    The Bermuda International Film Festival announced that it will kick-off its 9th edition with a Universal Pictures film, "American Dreamz" by director Paul Weitz. The festival, which runs from March 17-25, will screen a total of 74 films during its newly extended 9-day lineup. Weitz's opening night f...

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    169 Features To Screen at 2006 Tribeca Film Festival; 59 Competition Films Announced

    Organizers have unveiled the lineup for the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival, set to take place from April 25 - May 7, 2006 throughout Manhattan. Of the 59 films screening in the four competition sections, 37 are world premieres this year. Across the entire program, which will be announced in sect...

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