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    Hillcoat's "The Proposition" and Takashi's "Great Yokai War" Bookend San Francisco Independent Film

    Thirteen world premieres are slated for the 8th annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (IndieFest), which opened Thursday night with director John Hillcoat's "The Proposition." The festival will screen over 100 films and videos through February 14.

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    IFC News Covers indieWIRE Presents: Meet the Film Bloggers

    IFC News was on hand at the Apple Store Soho this past December for the monthly event, indieWIRE: Presents - Meet the Film Bloggers, where indieWIRE brought together some of our favorite film bloggers to discuss how they cover movies. The news segment, which is currently airing on The Independent Fi...

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    Intrepid Pictures Names New Execs for Financing and Development

    Intrepid Pictures, the newly formed independent production and film financing company, has named two senior executives in charge of finance and development of all feature film projects for the company's multi-year production and co-financing deal with Rogue Pictures and Universal Pictures. Intrepid principals and founders Trevor Macy and Marc Evans announced today that Jonathan Fischer will serve as CFO and Katherine Brown as VP of development. Fischer will be responsible for all finance, strategic planning, investor relations, and management of Intrepid's revolving senior credit facility led by JP Morgan Chase. Brown will be responsible for ...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Marilyn Manson playing author in "Wonderland"

    Rocker Marilyn Manson will play "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll in a movie that also marks his writing and directing debut. Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is heading to the upcoming Berlin Film Festival's European Film Market to drum up financial support for "Phantasmagoria: The...

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    "Enron" Wins Writers Guild Screenplay Award

    The documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" has won the Writers Guild award for documentary screenplay. The prize recognized writer Alex Gibney, who also produced and directed the film. It came Wednesday, two days into the much-awaited criminal trial of former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling in Houston. A jury is to decide whether Lay and Skilling orchestrated the accounting scheme that crashed Enron, once the seventh-largest company in the country, in December 2001. "I'm delighted to get this award," Gibney told The Associated Press after accepting his prize in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood...

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    New Screen Television Presents Inaugural New Vision Awards

    New Screen Television announced the winners of its inaugural New Vision Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognize "outstanding works from the yearly broadcast schedule of New Screen TV." All works broadcast by New Screen TV are automatically eligible and entered in to consideration for the awards. The winners are: Grand Prize for best film "The Adventures of Mad Matt" ($7,500) by Scott Rice (Austin, TX); Best Drama Prize ($2,000) “Stealing Innocence” by Nancy Stein (CA); Best Documentary Prize ($2,000) "Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle" by Mary Patierno (MA); Best Animation Prize (...

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    "Fearless" Set for Rogue Release

    Rogue Pictures will distribute Jet Li's final martial arts picture, "Fearless," directed by Ronny Yu. It is described by Rogue parent, Focus Features as featuring Li in the role of "real-life martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. He faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining himself at a tournament for the honor of his country and the true spirit of martial arts." Action director Yuen Wo Ping choreographed the movie. The film opened last week, timed to the Chinese New Year, in Southeast Asia, C...

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    AFP: Clooney, Streep, Heath Ledger expected at Berlin Film Festival

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Heath Ledger are among the stars expected to grace the red carpet at next month's Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year. Festival director Dieter Kosslick said the 56th Berlinale, running February 9 - 19, would blend silver-screen glamor with an unflinching look at issues ranging from the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay to women's rights in Iran. "The films this year are very political and realistic across the board," Kosslick told reporters on Monday. "The focus is on real people's problems and less on fantasy." Clooney, a frequent Berlinale guest, will be coming to promote "Syriana,"...

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    AFP: "Secret Life of Words" wins best film at Spain's Goya awards

    Spanish film director Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" (La Vida Secreta de las Palabras) reaped five awards, including that of best film, at the 20th edition of Spain's premier film awards, the Goya, in Madrid. The film, featuring American actors Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley, was also awar...

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    AFP: Portuguese film festival throws spotlight on mobile phone movies

    Portugal has held its first-ever film festival featuring short movies made with mobile telephones, which are growing more and more popular around the world. More than 30 international films ranging in length from 30 seconds to 10 minutes were shown on a normal screen along with regular movies as par...

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