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    First Look Gets "Fish"

    Following a recent announcement that Ruth Vitale has joined the company as its new president, First Look Studios has acquired the Australian hit "Little Fish," starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Rowan Woods. The film will open in March. The film won four Australian Film Institute Awards and has broken box office records Down Under. The film is described as "a powerful drama about breaking free. Trying to escape her drug addicted past, Tracy Heart (Blanchett) is seduced into one last criminal venture by her brother and ex-boyfriend as she struggles towards a better life." It was written by Jacquelin Perske and produced by Vincent Sheehan ...

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    Braun & Kass Set Up "Button Man" at DreamWorks

    Fresh from the success of their deal setting up "A History of Violence" at New Line, indie producers and film repsJosh Braun and Roger Kass have set up the graphic novel "Button Man: The Killing Game" at DreamWorks. "Button Man" was written by "A History of Violence" author John Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Ranson and is described as the story of "a stylish modern day gladiator tale about an elite group of jaded millionaires who pit their personal assassins against each other in high stakes, life or death games." The two are producing Ti West's follow-up to "The Roost." [Eugene Hernandez]"A History of Violence","Button Man: The Killing Ga...

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    Hamilton Named VP at Par Classics

    Over at the company described in a press release Thursday as "Paramount's new Specialty Division" -- for now we still call it Paramount Classics -- the new company president John Lesher announced the appointment of Chad Hamilton as VP, Production, reporting to EVP of production and acquisitions, Amy...

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    Sarah Silverman Set for Spirit Awards

    Sarah Silverman has been tapped to serve as the M.C. for this year's Independent Spirit Awards, taking place March 4th in Santa Monica, CA. "I'm so happy to be hosting the Independent Spirit Awards!" Silverman said in a statement, "My boyfriend told me to say that I have a very independent spirit." ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Green Named VP at Emerging

    Josh Green has been named VP of Distribution at Emerging Pictures. He previously served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for the NY-based company.

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    SF Chronicle: 11th Berlin & Beyond Festival

    The 11th Berlin & Beyond festival opens Thursday at the Castro [theater] with "Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days," about the World War II-era martyr, and closes Jan. 18 with "Barefoot," a modern-day existentialist comedy. Both are acclaimed films by veteran directors. But within the two dozen other fe...

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    AP: France Honors Actress Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz was honored Wednesday by France's culture minister who called her a "great European actress" and proclaimed her a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres praised in particular her international movie career which includes roles in French, English, Italian an...

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    AP: Malaysian Distributor OKs 'Munich'

    A film distributor in mostly Muslim Malaysia - where movies on sensitive issues are often banned - will steer clear of "Brokeback Mountain" but try to show "Munich." United International Pictures, which has distribution rights for both movies, said Thursday it will apply to Malaysia's state-run film...

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    PARK CITY '06: Paul Fitzgerald: "Ultimately the biggest challenge...was just overcoming my self-doub

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    Lars Von Trier Live at The IFC Center!

    In what will be a rare opportunity for American moviegoers to (almost) come face-to-face with Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier, the director (who has never been to the U.S.) will participate in live onscreen Q & A sessions via Apple's video iChat software. IFC and Apple recently offered the first few minutes of Von Trier's IFC Films release, "Manderlay" for download via iTunes. The live discussions will take place on January 28 & 29 at the IFC Center and follow the weekend matinee screenings of the new film; they will also be available for viewing on Salon.com (the film opens in NYC on January 27th). Additionally, the IFC Center will present "...

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