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    Snider In at Dreamworks

    Stacy Snider is leaving her post as Chairman of Universal Pictures to join Paramount Pictures as Co-Chairman of the studio's newly acquired subsidiary, Dreamworks. According to a statement today (Sunday), she will run the day-to-day operations of DreamWorks with director/producer Steven Spielberg an...

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    Beebe Wins ASC Prize

    Dion Beebe won the 20th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award, presented this weekend in Los Angeles. Beebe was honored for work on "Memoirs of a Geisha."

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    AP: 'Gunsmoke' Actor Dennis Weaver Dies

    Dennis Weaver, the diffident deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western "Gunsmoke" and the canny New Mexico deputy solving New York City crime in "McCloud," has died. The actor was 81. Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist...

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    Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Beastie Boys Among Musicians at SXSW Film Festival

    Musician Neil Young, jazz legend Herbie Hancock as well as hip-hop icons the Beastie Boys are among the musicians attending the 2006 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) for documentaries screening during the event (March 10-18) in Austin, TX. Young will attend the fest with director Jonathan Demme for their film, "Heart of Gold," while Hancock will be at SXSW on Friday, March 17, for the world premiere of Doug Biro and Jon Fine's documentary, "Possibilities," which follows the recording of Hancock's album of the same name. The Beastie Boys will be in attendance for a Wednesday, March 15 regional premiere of their concert film, "Awesome: I...

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    Sundance.org Video Audience Reaches One Million Downloads

    The Sundance Institute announced that worldwide audiences have downloaded over one million videos, breaking previous records according to the organization. Online visitors have downloaded a range of free programs from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, including video highlights of festival happenings, filmmaker interviews and 50 short films that were screened in festival competition. The 2006 Sundance Film Festival, which took place this year from January 19 to 29, is the only major film fest to premiere short films on the web within hours of their premieres in theatres in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. The number of vi...

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    "Americanese," "Journey from the Fall" Bookend 24th San Francisco Asian American Fest

    The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 24th edition, to run March 16 through 26. One-hundred and twenty-six feature-length films, documentaries and shorts from around the world are set to screen in the Bay Area, making this festival North Americ...

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    RiverRun Film Festival Saddles "Bullrider" Kick Off

    Cowboy doc "Bullrider" will open the 2006 RiverRun International Film Festival March 16th in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring a line up of 25 feature films and 44 shorts from 22 countries. The feature, directed by Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury") follows the story of men who ride the professional bull ri...

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    AlJazeera: Saudis put cinema ban in the frame

    Saudis, thirsty for cinema in a country with no big screens, say they are determined to drag the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom into the celluloid world. Seven films produced by Saudis will take part in a festival in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi in March, the strongest showing yet for the country's nascent cinema industry. Abdullah Eyaf, 28, a director who runs a website promoting film, said, "We'd like to do films that our society likes, that help the rise of cinema, and also get recognition. I'd like our voice to reach the West." His 45-minute documentary, "Cinema 500km", tackles the issue head-on, depicting a Saudi who mu...

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    AFP: Gandhi no longer 'PC' in militarist India, says director

    Indian-born director Deepa Mehta says admiring independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is no longer politically correct in the country as militarism is on the rise. Speaking at the Bangkok International Film Festival where her controversial film "Water" is showing, Mehta said the pacifism of the man known as the father of the nation no longer fitted in with Indian politics. "It's not PC to say this but I'm an admirer of Gandhi," Mehta told reporters Thursday when asked why she included some of Gandhi's words in her film about the plight of castigated widows in India during the 1930s. "Water" is the last of Mehta's trilogy, following "Fire" (1996...

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    AP: South Korea's Own "Brokeback Mountain?"

    Just as "Brokeback Mountain" has become a pop culture phenomenon in the United States, a gay-themed movie has racked up big box-office in South Korea. "King and the Clown," about a delicately effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more...

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