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    First Australian Indegenous Language Film Makes History In Adelaide

    The first feature-length movie to be made in an Australian Indigenous language premiered last night at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, in the Southern Australian city of Adelaide. An audience of approximately 2,000 people turned out to watch director Rolf de Heer's film at Her Majesty's Theater, an ABC online news report states. "Ten Canoes" is set in tribal times on the Arafura swamp in north-east Arnhem land, and tells the story of a man who covets his older brother's wife. The narration is done in English voice-over by David Gulpilil and is subtitled in the Ganalbingu language. The film's entire cast is from the Aboriginal community of ...

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    "Napoleon" Star Jon Heder Scores Roles In Six New Films

    Only two years after "Napoleon Dynamite" premiered at Sundance Film Festival, the film's lanky, likable, but decidedly unconventional star, Jon Heder, already has six new films hitting the big screen. Heder, 28, will again play a high school geek in Dennis Dugan's upcoming "Benchwarmers." The film is set for release on April 7 by Sony Pictures and Revolution Studios. And in his first leading role since "Napoleon," Heder will star in "School for Scoundrels," a Weinstein company release by director Todd Phillips. Heder portrays an out-of-luck meter maid who takes a night-school class for losers that is taught by Billy Bob Thornton. Heder's othe...

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    Wintonock to be Honored Back Home in Canada

    Documentarian Peter Wintonick is one of seven people being presented with the 2006 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, this week. The prize recognizes distinguished career achievement in the visual and media arts by Canadian artists. Wintonick a producer, director, critic and editor ...

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    The Weinstein Company Adopts "Bobby" and "Miss Potter" for Release

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to two films, including Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," and Chris Noonan's "Miss Potter," the company announced over the weekend. "Bobby," acquired from Michel Litvak's Bold Films (U.S. rights), is an ensemble political-culture drama starring Estevez, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt, Christian Slater (and more) revisiting the night Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968, and focuses on how the lives of those at the hotel that evening intersected. The project was brought to TWC by Michelle Krumm, executive vice...

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    Defending Day & Date

    In her weekly 'Risky Business' column in The Hollywood Reporter, deputy film editor Anne Thompson looks at the mixed results seen in the early experiments with controversial day & date distribution. ...at this stage, no one is willing to risk any serious money. The most high-profile forays into altering the movie release paradigm are Cuban and Wagner's day-and-date January release of Steven Soderbergh's no-frills digital mystery "Bubble" in theaters, on cable channel HDNet and on DVD, and Google Video's January online streaming of Ben Rekhi's digital thriller "Waterborne" for free, followed by downloads at $3.99 a pop and a February DVD relea...

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    Amazing Grace: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "L'Enfant"

    If there is a point at which the craft of directing becomes so exquisite that it transcends and obviates criticism, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne might have reached it with the 2005 Palme d'Or winner "L'Enfant." Though weaned on documentary filmmaking, the Belgian brothers make narrative films that b...

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    Rendez-vous with French Cinema '06, An Ensemble of French Films Rise To The Top

    True, the 11th edition of Rendez-vous with French Cinema offered no clear consensus on standouts. Absent, too, were high-profile auteur films, such as "Comedy of Power," Claude Chabrol's latest, unfinished at the time of the selection process; and the exciting product held in reserve, one can guess,...

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    Cinequest Touts Maverick Filmmaking at 16th Fest in San Jose

    In a clean-cut city that saw its glory days during the dot-com boom, San Jose seems like an unlikely place for the thriving Cinequest Film Festival, which celebrated its 16th year from March 1 - 12. It isn't exactly the cultural capital of the west coast, but call San Jose by its other name - Silic...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: 10 Films To Watch From SXSW '06

    The 2006 SXSW Film Festival comes to a close Saturday with a screening of Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz," starring Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. While the high profile new film joins the list of star-driven premieres, including Robert Altman's "Prairie Home Companion" opening night -- as well as this ...

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    With Indiewood Films Riding High, David Linde Named a Top Exec at Focus' Hollywood Parent

    The news that David Linde will leave Focus Features -- a company he founded with James Schamus four years ago -- to join Marc Shmuger atop Universal Pictures reinforces just how much the specialty film business has changed over the past decade. As many have noted recently, the films from companies l...

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