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    Weinstein Company Sketches "Arthur and the Minimoys" in English Territories

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in all English speaking territories to the CGI animated family film "Arthur and the Minimoys," based on Luc Besson's best selling children's book by the same title. The screenplay was adapted by Besson, the award winning writer/director/producer behind such ...

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    Lassie to Prance the Red Carpet at Sprockets

    Eternally famous canine Lassie will walk the red carpet during opening night at the ninth annual Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children to celebrate her new film April 21st. Based on Eric Knight's classic novel "Lassie Come Home", "Lassie" will have its North American premiere at Sprockets. The film is directed and adapted by Charles Sturridge, and stars Lassie, Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage. Sprockets, which is organized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, runs from April 21st to April 30th. Sprockets offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about film and cultural perspectives ...

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    The Guardian: And the Award doesn't go to...

    Behind every Oscar winner stands someone - unnamed, unthanked - who taught them everything they know. Leo Benedictus talks to Robert McKee, Ivana Chubbuck, Tory Metzger, and Cynthia Swartz, four of Hollywood's key backroom players.

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    AP: Asian Filmmakers Fight Back Vs. Hollywood

    Faced with the threat of big-budget Hollywood productions, ethnic Chinese filmmakers are fighting back by closing ranks and pooling talent, money and ideas with their Asian counterparts. The strategy: casting big-name Japanese and Korean stars with regional appeal alongside Chinese actors to target more markets across the region and forming creative alliances that can create better movies and appeal to a broader range of investors. As a result, budgets and quality are going up and, in turn, raising the prospect of opening up foreign markets and of even challenging Hollywood in the world entertainment industry. The rise of Korean film and pop ...

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    National Film Board of Canada Awards Two Filmmakers with Feature Documentary Fund

    The National Film Board of Canada announced its two winners for the Feature Documentary Fund, which awards filmmakers $800,000 towards the production of their documentary. This year's chosen projects were "Basement Tapes," directed by Brett Gaylor, and "Love at the Starlite Motel," by Alison Rose. "Basement Tapes" explores the corporate control of music in the record industry and then advocates for a free public domain where people can create and share music online without getting stopped by copyright laws. The other winning documentary, "Love at the Starlite Motel," comments on Latin American attitudes towards love and sex. The film takes a ...

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    "Joyeux Noel" Wins Appeal of 'R' Rating

    The MPAA has overturned their rating of French foreign language Oscar nominee "Joyeux Noel," giving the movie a 'PG-13' instead of an 'R'. The film's distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, and director Christian Carion, had appealed the rating. In a statement today, Carion said, "It is important this ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: The Indiewood Oscars -- Four Specialty Films (Made For $35 Million Comb

    Leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards, numerous insiders and observers have quipped that this year's Oscar ceremony will be a bust with TV viewers since there are few big stars and only smaller movies nominated for the big awards. Indeed, the combined budget for the five best picture Oscar nominees ...

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    On the Eve of the Spirit Awards, 4 Questions for Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent

    Chatting with Variety editor Peter Bart and film producer Peter Guber on this weekend's special Independent Spirit Awards episode of "Sunday Morning Shootout," on AMC, Spirit Awards host Sarah Silverman was asked whether she is looking forward to hanging out with indie people this Saturday at the an...

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    An Uneasy East-West Fusion: The Bangkok International Film Festival

    Among the most generous and hospitable of fests, The Bangkok International Film Festival, or BKIFF, is like a celebrity chef's idea of fusion, a hybrid of Asian and American ingredients. It is Thai-based, obviously, shows a large number of new Thai and other Asian films, includes two Asians among it...

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    Infinity Media Revving Up with 'Mike the Bike'

    Infinity Media, producers of the multiple Oscar-nominated "Capote," is planning to produce another film on a real-life charismatic person -- British motorcycle champion Mike Hailwood. Hailwood, voted "Greatest Motorcyclist of All Time" in a recent worldwide poll, won the world championship ten times in the '60s and '70s before being forced to retire after a terrible crash which left him partially crippled. Nicknamed "Mike the Bike" by his legions of fans, he still has a huge following around the globe. The project was brought to Infinity by writer/producer Paul Pender, who obtained the life rights from Hailwood's widow Pauline earlier this ye...

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