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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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    Slate Set for 2006 Tribeca All Access Connects Program

    The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 33 projects selected for the 2006 Tribeca All Access Connects Program, taking place during this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The program connects U.S. directors and screenwriters of color with film industry insiders. 13 projects are narrative, including ...

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    Out to Sea: Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Summer Storm"

    Independent cinema was once regarded as the cinema of the disenfranchised. It's common knowledge now that the parameters of what was once defined as "indie" have been dissolved, and pat, mainstream, easy-to-swallow do-gooder liberal fantasies like "Good Will Hunting," "Chocolat," and "Crash," still ...

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    Gen Art Sets Slate for '06

    Jason Matzner's "Dreamland" will open the 2006 Gen Art Film Festival in NYC on April 5th. The film, the first of seven that will debut prior to a blowout bash, will screen at the legendary Ziegfeld theater in Manhattan. The fest will close with Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin's "Live Free or Die". Other feature films on tap include Goran Dukic's "Wristcutters: A Love Story", Steve Anderson's "F*CK, Scott Glosserman's "Behind the Mask", Bruce Leddy's "Shut Up and Sing", and Joshua Michael Stern's "Neverwas". Organizers announced that for the first time they will present the juried Stargazer Award for acting, along with the annual grand jury featur...

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    And the blog of the year is...

    Winner of the Weblog of the Year prize at The Bloggies -- just announced here at the SXSW Interactive conference -- is PostSecret, a blog where readers and fans mail in secrets on 4x6 postcards, the cards are posted on the site...

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    "Perhaps Love" and "A Prairie Home Companion" to Bookend 49th San Francisco International Film Festi

    Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, organizers of the event, revealed this week. Chan will attend the event at the historic Castro Theatre along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and visiting Paris mayor Bertra...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal for Sundance Double Award Winner, "Quinceanera"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera," winner of the dramatic grand jury prize and audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company has closed a pact for North American and Latin American rights to the film. The coming-of-age story...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Big Talk and Even Bigger Crowds During Opening Days in Austin

    Big crowds and even a few heated panel discussions marked the opening weekend of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival here in warm Austin, TX. Film festival producer Matt Dentler told a full house crowd at the Paramount Theater Sunday night that the event is seeing attendance figures that are 50% h...

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    Lionsgate Nabs Rights To Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"

    Lionsgate (in conjuction with Mark Amins Sobini Films) announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior." The film, which stars Nick Nolte and Amy Smart is based on the bestselling novel by Dan Millman entitled "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The film tells the story of the young Dan Millman who aspires for Olympic glory as a college gymnast. But, a chance encounter with a stranger (Nick Nolte) changes his life and helps him realize what he must leave behind in order to fulfill his apsirations for greatness. Mark Amins, of Sobini Films, is one of the film's producers, along with Sobini Presi...

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    Focus Goes For "In Bruges" and "Naples 44"

    Focus Features has announced a pair of new projects, Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" and an adaptation of the book, "Naples '44." The company has worldwide rights to both new projects. McDonagh won an Oscar this week for his live action short film "Six Shooter," and wrote the script for the feature described as a Belgium-set hit man tale. It will be his feature directing debut. UK company Blue Print Pictures will produce the film. McDonagh is an accomplished playwright of "The Pillowman," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," and "The Lieutenant of Inishmore." Also on tap, separately, is Ben Hopkins adaptation of Norman Lewis' "Naples '44," to be prod...

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