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    Actor McKellen Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Criticizes Hollywood

    "I still hope I've got a lot of life left on stage and making films," said actor Ian McKellen, who received an Honorary Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival, the AP reports. Other media outlets emphasize, however, McKellen's critical attitude toward Hollywood's treatment of gay actors. "'It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality,'" he is quoted as saying in a BBC report. McKellen, who is openly gay, also said that while more films about homosexuality might be made following the success of "Brokeback Mountain," "the film industry...

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    Greenwald's "WAL-MART" Finds Eager Distributors Overseas

    Robert Greenwald's "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price" has been picked up for theatrical release in Britain, Germany and Australia/New Zealand at the Berlin International Film Festival. Deals are apparently in the works for Spain, Belgium/the Netherlands/Luxembourg and France. "The Panorama film ...

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    SXSW Film Festival Shorts Lineup Announced

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced today this year's lineup of shorts. From over 2,800 submissions, the festival selected 130 shorts from around the world, divided into six categories: documentary, narrative, animated, experimental, music video and Texas High School Shorts (work by Texas teens). Shorts that will screen include TV personality Maria Menounos' "Longtime Listener," about an electronics store clerk who lives his life through talk radio and comic Bob Odenkirk's "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card," about a first date at a Holocaust museum. "From young filmmakers in Jamaica to animators plugging away on their own, to so...

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    Celluloid Busy In Berlin With "Particles" and "Quinceanera"

    Celluloid Dreams has announced a number of deals for two Berlinale titles, the fest competition entry "The Elementary Particles" and the Sundance award winner "Quinceanera". Oskar Roehler's "Particles" has already been sold in France (TFM), Benelux (ABC), Spain (Golem) , Italy (Lucky Red), Scandinavia (Non Stop Entertainment), South Korea (Sponge), Taiwan (Pandasia), Switzerland (Rialto), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Audiovisual), Canada (Seville), UK (Momentum), Israel (United King), Brazil (Providence), and Eastern Europe. Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi said in a statement today that the company has had multiple bidders for the adapation of th...

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    Montreal Fest Fades After Only One Edition

    "I am witnessing the still birth of a film festival," a leading film festival insider told a friend via SMS message last year during the first edition of the New Montreal FilmFest. Intended to usurp attention from two other established Montreal fests, sponsors and government groups had backed the launch of a new event in the city, but after only one edition the festival is being shut down. The festival saw small crowds and had trouble attracting top films and talent; it overlapped with the Toronto and Atlantic film festival, long-running Canadian events. Remaining in the city are the Montreal World Film Festival run by Serge Losique in August...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Gondry's "Sleep," Takashi Miike Goes Violent, and Cillian Murphy Talks "

    French director Michel Gondry traveled from Utah to Berlin - along with many others here - in support of his surreal love story, "The Science of Sleep" starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The mostly English-language film, shot in France, is the story of Stephane (Bernal) who return...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: German Chancellor's Visit Shines Even Greater Spotlight on Expanded EFM

    At the Berlinale on Friday, George Clooney caused a stir among media and fans over at Potsdamer Platz, but a power player whose influence trumps any of the buyers, sellers, or stars doing business in Berlin stepped onto the floor of the expanded European Film Market at Martin Gropius Bau. New German...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: 'Snow Business'; Panorama Plans; "Quinceanera," "Promise," "Boys," "Home

    "There's no business like snow business," quipped Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick, opening his fifth festival as the head of the rejuvenated event. Indeed, snow was the theme Thursday in Berlin -- on screen and off -- as the festival opened with Marc Evans' "Snow Cake," while outside the...

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    "Invisible Waves" to Headline Bangkok Film Fest

    The Bangkok International Film Festival recently released the lineup for its 2006 edition, with Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's "Invisible Waves" opening the festival on Friday, February 17, in Bangkok, Thailand. Over 150 films will screen through the close of the festival on February 27. Described by the fest...

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    Sony Pictures Classics' Senior VP Dylan Leiner Promoted

    Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Production. Since 2000, he had served as a Senior Vice President in the same division. "Dylan is a major asset to the company and he clearly has an eye for emerging talent and the next wave of filmma...

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