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    A&E & IDA Award Grant to "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me"

    Feature doc production arm A&E IndieFilms and The International Documentary Association have announced the first A&E IndieFilms / IDA Documentary Finishing Grant to Affinity Films. The $25,000 grant will be used to complete its feature, "Gwen's Story: Crazy Like Me." The film, produced and directed by Mary Katzke, and produced by Deborah Schildt, is described as the story of, "an Alaskan woman who sustained third degree burns over her back, legs, arms, face and head, losing fingers, an ear and half her scalp after being thrown into a campfire by her own mother at the age of 10 months. Now 26, Gwen has embarked on a quest for answers." For mor...

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    Howard Stern Launches Film Fest, On Demand

    Howard Stern is launching Howard TV On Demand, a new service that had been branded, "The Howard Stern Film Festival." The shock jock is working with iN DEMAND Networks to develop a TV event that will include five-minute shorts about, in the words of an announcement, 'All Things Howard'. Submissions ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Osorio Joins Focus Publicity

    Paulette Osorio has joined Focus Features as vice president of publicity, based in the company's Los Angeles offices. She will report to Adriene Bowles and primarily handle corporate publicity and PR campaigns for Rogue Pictures. She previously served as a publicity consultant for Warner Bros., work...

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    "Night Watch" Freaks the BOT; "CSA" Scores Well in New York

    Not only were subtitles not a hindrance to the record-setting debut of the Russian fantasy-horror film "Night Watch," they actually may have helped its box-office performance. The Fox Searchlight release, which features innovative digitalized subtitles that move around the screen, finished first on ...

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    AFP: Portugal's biggest film festival kicks off with Bollywood in focus

    Portugal's biggest film festival kicks off with a special focus on successful Bollywood films from the past five decades. The 26th Oporto International Film Festival, which will run until March 5, will feature 12 hit films from India in what has been billed as the biggest restrospective of movies fr...

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    AP: Morgan Freeman to Get Spencer Tracy Award

    Morgan Freeman will be honored with UCLA's Spencer Tracy Award, which recognizes outstanding screen performances and professional achievement. The Tracy Award ceremony will include a video retrospective of Freeman's career, including his newest film, "Lucky Number Slevin," which co-stars Ben Kingsle...

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    BBC: Thriller wins French movie award

    Dark thriller "De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete" (The Beat that My Heart Skipped) by Jacques Audiard picked up the best film award at the Lumiere Awards, considered France's version of the Golden Globes. The film, a remake of 1970s US drama Fingers, won the best foreign-language film at Sunday's Bri...

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    BBC: "The Road to Guantanamo" Actors Stopped at Airport

    The stars of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' "The Road to Guantanamo" were stopped at the airport on their return to Britain from the Berlin International Film Festival, where Winterbottom and Whitecross had received a Silver Bear for best director. Actors Rizwan Ahmed and Farhad Harun and ...

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    Pastor Brothers At Paramount

    John Lesher, president of Paramount's new, unnamed specialty division, has announced a deal to bring a new project by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, "The Untitled Pastor Project," to the company. The film, described as "a topical post-apocalyptic thriller," is being produced by This Is That's Anthony Bregman. Alex Pastor will direct the script, further described as the story of, "four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American west who ultimately discover that they are more dangerous to each other than any virus." Alex Pastor recently won the jury prize for international short for his film, "The Natural Route" (La Ruta Natural)....

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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. Four...

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