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    DISPATCH FROM ROTTERDAM: In 23rd Year, Cinemart Focuses on Slice of Life, Family Drama Co-Production

    One integral and oft imitated part of the Rotterdam Film Festival experience is Cinemart, their highly successful international co-production market. Having just completed its 23rd year, Cinemart was founded by IFFR director Sandra den Hamer in 1983, and is now run by Marit van den Elshout and Bianc...

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    White Trash: Hunter Richards's "London"

    The saying goes that everyone has at least one story worth telling. Frankly, that's bullshit. Some stories--and some people's lives, for that matter--are not worth unleashing on the rest of us; their twisted, narrow ideas of the world should only be left to serve their own myopia. Take Hunter Richar...

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    THINKFilm Sweetens to "Strangers With Candy"

    THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to "Strangers With Candy," a feature film adaptation of the Comedy Central series of the same name, it was announced today by the company's president and CEO, Jeff Sackman, and head of U.S. theatrical, Mark Urman. Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, who wrote and starred in the series, repeat those chores here, with Dinello also directing. In the film, Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, a 46 year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who decides to get a fresh start in life and regain the trust of her family, by returning to high school. The deal was negotiated by Randy Manis, THINKFilm EVP of acquisitions and ...

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    Magnolia Planning Summer '06 Release of "The Pusher Trilogy"

    Magnolia Pictures announced today the acquisitions of Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Pusher Trilogy," comprised of three feature films: "Pusher," "With Blood on My Hands," and "The Angel of Death." Set in the Danish underworld, the overlapping stories feature actors who were once actual criminals. Supp...

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    NY Times: Making Moves at Paramount

    Brad Grey may have an image problem, but he says it is not something that has him terribly worried. In March, Mr. Grey, the former talent manager who is now chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, was criticized for the way he handled the ouster of a well-liked senior executive. In the fall, some producers complained he was not developing movies quickly enough to fill Paramount's 2006 slate. Mr. Grey believes he has a plan for reviving Paramount, which in 2004 ranked seventh in domestic box-office receipts. And the plan is similar to the one he had as a talent manager aggressively guiding the careers of A-list actors like Brad Pit...

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    The Guardian: Al Gore: the second coming

    Celebrity took an unusually nerdy form at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The man everyone wanted to meet, talk to and be seen with wasn't a film star or daring new director. It was a politician, who is in his sixth year of retirement and more famous for what he didn't achieve than for what he did. Al Gore has been to Sundance before, but never as a leading man. This year he was appearing in "An Inconvenient Truth," a 90-minute star-vehicle documentary. "An Inconvenient Truth" sold out at Sundance and received standing ovations. The Q&As with Gore following the screenings were packed. "The reception he got was extraordinary," says the fil...

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    Reuters: "Brokeback" scribe's friends reluctant to see film

    "Brokeback Mountain" co-screenwriter and producer Diana Ossana, said some of her own friends and family in places other than "the coasts" have had a hard time coming to grips with the homosexual love story at the film's center. "I finally had to say to them, 'It's just a movie. What do you think is ...

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    AP: Clooney Honored at Santa Barbara Film Fest

    Wrapping a week that included receiving three Oscar nominations, George Clooney traveled up the coast to collect the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "It's a bad week to be me," Clooney joked with AP Television News at the Friday night ceremony. "Yeah, it's bee...

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    SXSW Film Festival Unveils Line Up; "Prairie" and "Dreamz" Bookend Event

    The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) has unveiled its full lineup, including 50 world premieres and 115 features slated for this year's event taking place March 10 - 18. As previously announced, SXSW will open with the North American premiere of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," an ...

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    "Brokeback" and "Capote" Win WGA Awards

    The Writers Guild Awards were presented last night by The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAW). The guild honored Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco with the award for original screenplay, while the prize for adapted screenplay went to Larry McMurtry & Diana O...

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