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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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    Producer Lang Acquires Film Rights to Gay Comic Drama "The Dreyfus Affair"

    Producer Andrew Lang ("Loverboy") has acquired the film rights to author Peter Lefcourt's "The Dreyfus Affair." The book -- loosely based on the Dreyfus espionage controversy in France -- is about an affair that takes place between the shortstop and second baseman of a major league baseball team and...

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    Fortissimo Goes For "Fabulous"

    Worldwide sales rights (outside the U.S.) for the new Independent Film Channel documentary Fabulous! The Story Of Queer Cinema" -- premiering February 12th -- have been acquired by Fortissimo Films, the company announced today. Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg directed the film, which looks at queer fi...

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    "Boys of Baraka" Receives Local Premiere

    Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's documentary "The Boys of Baraka," about four 12-year-old boys from inner-city Baltimore who attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya, premiered in Baltimore earlier this week. The directors as well as the now 16-year-old boys were in attendance. Jonathan Pitts r...

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    Journal of Short Film Releases "Volume 2" DVD

    The Journal of Short Film recently announced its release of "Volume 2 (Winter 2006)." This DVD features a compilation of 11 shorts, including narratives, documentaries, experimental works, animation and "Walter Mondale doing hip hop." The Journal of Short Film, which models itself after a literary j...

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    "Palais Royal!" to Open Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for its 2006 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film series. Fifteen films by 15 French directors will screen from March 10 through March 19.

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    ClickStar to Release Film Simultaneously in Theaters, Online

    Morgan Freeman's company, ClickStar, recently began production on its first movie, "10 Items or Less." With funding from computer chip maker Intel, "when the movie is released, it will land in theaters and be available for download over the Internet on the same day, no doubt sending multiple studio ...

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    Interview with Berlin Film Fest Jury Member Yash Chopra

    Bollywood director and producer Yash Chopra ("Veer-Zaara") speaks about being a Berlin International Film Festival jury member and the increasing popularity of Bollywood movies around the world. DW-WORLD reports.

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