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    AP: Chinese Newspaper Praises Director Ang Lee

    China heaped praise Tuesday on Taiwanese director Ang Lee for winning this year's best director Oscar with his gay romance "Brokeback Mountain." "Ang Lee is the pride of Chinese people all over the world, and he is the glory of Chinese cinematic talent," the official China Daily newspaper said in a ...

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    Tribeca Film Festival to Add AMC Theaters in Manhattan

    The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival today announced that it would be expanding its festival venues throughout Manhattan in partnership with AMC Loews Theatres, expanding to three AMC Loews theatres north of Tribeca. The festival screenings and events will remain anchored in Tribeca. The 2006 Tribeca Film...

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    A Soft Awards Week in the Specialty Box office; "Tsotsi" Solid

    Now that this year's Academy Awards broadcast is history, the film in the best position theatrically to capitalize on an Oscar win may be "Tsotsi." Director Gavin Hood's South African drama, which won in the Best Foreign-Language Film category, finished first on the latest indieWIRE Box Office Track...

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    "Kinky Boots," An Appropriate Kick-Off At Florida's 15th Annual Film Festival

    The Florida Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 15th edition, which will take place March 24-April 2 in Orlando. This year, the festival showcases 51 feature films and 91 shorts from 18 countries, which will be screened at the Enzian Theater. The festival kicks off with Julian Jarrold's...

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    ParaSpec Goes for Baumbach's Latest

    Paramount's unnamed Indiewood division (the specialty company formerly known as Paramount Classics) is set to back Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach's latest movie (according to Variety), an untitled new project that will star Jack Black, Nicole Kidman and Baumbach's wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Scott Rudi...

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    Reuters: "Brokeback" too controversial after all: writer

    Maybe a gay cowboy picture was too controversial after all, or at least that is what the legendary Western writer who adapted "Brokeback Mountain" for the screen thinks. "Perhaps the truth really is, Americans don't want cowboys to be gay," said Larry McMurtry, 69 who has spent his career challengin...

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    AP: Was There a 'Brokeback Mountain' Backlash?

    We chatted about it, joked about it, argued about it, spoofed it. "Brokeback Mountain" was everywhere in our popular culture yet it lost the big Oscar it was supposed to win. Was there a "Brokeback Backlash," or was "Crash" just the worthy contender that came on strong in the final Best Picture stre...

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    Weinsteins Closing Deal With MGM?

    The Weinstein Company is close to announcing a deal that will re-ignite MGM as a filmmaking brand, according to Business Week. The story reports that the pact will give the Weinsteins a studio backer for new productions and also re-start production and distribution efforts at MGM, which was sold to ...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal For Punk Rock Doc, "American Hardcore"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Mexican, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to director Paul Rachman's 2006 Sundance Film Festival world premiere doc "American Hardcore," written by Steven Blush, and inspired by his book "American Hardcore: A Tribal History." The film give...

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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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