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    Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Bright Lights, Little City

    Santa Barbara--It's film in a land of high contrast. Santa Barbara, ninety miles north of Los Angeles, is made up today of students and retirees, soul surfers and weekender movie biz folk, social dowagers and former rock stars. And as such the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in its majori...

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    Berlin Film Fest to Broadcast Live on TV and the Internet

    The Berlin International Film Festival announced today that for the first time, its awards ceremony will broadcast live on European TV on the 3sat network. The festival had earlier announced that, also for the first time, competition winners would not be revealed before the ceremony. The festival wi...

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    "Copyleft" Documentary About Katrina to Premiere Online

    dropping knowledge announced today its release of "Chocolate City -- We Are Here to Stay," at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Chocolate City," a short documentary by dropping knowledge cofounder and filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg, takes a look at New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina de...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Honoring And Remembering The Best of Queer Cinema

    While Sundance sets the tone for a host of urban and regional film American film festivals that pick and choose from the annual Sundance lineup when planning their own local slates, the Berlinale fuels an array of international queer fests. Each year programmers from gay, lesbian and transgender fil...

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    Norah Jones to Make Film Debut in Next Wong Kar-wai Movie

    Musician Norah Jones will reportedly make her film debut in Wong Kar-wai's first English-language film, with the working title "My Blueberry Nights." Production on "Lady from Shanghai," in which Wong will direct Nicole Kidman, has been pushed back to 2007. The BBC reports.

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    Polish Director Wajda Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Berlin

    Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement today at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films "Kanal" and "Ashes and Diamonds" drew on his experience resisting the Nazis. He also directed the Oscar-nominated films "Land of Promise" and "The Maids ...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Bringing Oscar-Nominated Shorts to Theaters

    Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have announced a partnership to bring this year's 10 Oscar-nominated shorts (live-action and animated) to theaters before the Academy Award ceremony on March 5. The series will kick off Friday, February 24, in New York and Los Angeles. The series will also ...

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    "The Promise" Director Upset with Parody

    Chinese director Chen Kaige ("Farewell My Concubine"), attending the Berlin International Film Festival with his epic "The Promise," is not pleased with a parody of his movie that has appeared online. "A Murder Sparked by a Chinese Bun," by "Internet prankster Hu Ge ... expands on the movie's premis...

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    Paramount Gets Gore Doc

    The company known as 'Paramount's Specialty Division' has acquired David Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," according to a Hollywood Reporter story (via Reuters). The film, about global warming, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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    Neil Young Doc "Heart of Gold" Takes Top of BOT; Re-release "Fallen Idol" Comes in Second Despite Sn

    It took a "Heart of Gold" to capture the lead spot in this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracker (iWBOT), as the Jonathan Demme-directed Neil Young concert film opened far more strongly than the typical pop-music documentary. (The iW BOT is based on per-screen average.) At the same time, Rialto Pictur...

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