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    Robert Altman to Receive Honorary Oscar

    Director/producer/writer Robert Altman has been voted an honorary award by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented at the 78th Academy Awards on March 5th. The award will be given to Altman to honor "a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike." Altman has received five Academy Award nominations for directing for "M*A*S*H," "Nashville," "The Player," "Short Cuts" and "Gosford Park" as well as two additional nominations as a producer of best picture nominees "Nashville" and "Gosford Park," but has never tak...

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    PARK CITY '06: Christoffer Boe: "I liked movies so much that they became an obsession. I am still tr

    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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    "Cache" Strong Atop iW BOT; "Fateless" Opens Well

    The European film that dares to challenge its audience's comfort levels - once a mainstay of American art-houses in the commercial heyday of Antonioni, Bunuel and Alain Resnais - may be staging a comeback, based on the latest indieWIRE Box Office Tracker (iW BOT) for specialty films. "Cache" (Hidden...

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    ASC Picks Five Nominees

    The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the five nominees for best feature film cinematography in 2005. Selected this year are Dion Beebe for "Memoirs of a Geisha," Robert Elswit for "Good Night, And Good Luck," Andrew Lesnie for "King Kong," Wally Pfister for "Batman Begins," a...

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    Reuters: New York City sued over right to film in public

    An award-winning Indian documentary-maker sued New York City on Tuesday because police ordered him to stop filming in public in 2005 and held him for four hours, apparently suspecting he was plotting an attack. The New York Civil Liberties Union, acting as lawyers for filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, believes it is the first suit to challenge police restrictions on taking pictures in public in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Sharma has won numerous international film awards for the documentaries "Final Solution," on the killing of Muslims in the northwest Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 and 2003 and for "Aftershocks," on the 2001 earthquake in ...

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    Subiela's "Heartlift" to Open 23rd Miami International Film Festival

    The world premiere of Eliseo Subiela's "Heartlift" will open the 23rd annual Miami International Film Festival taking place March 3 - 12. Eighteen films will premiere at the festival's main venue, the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, while twelve films will be competing in the dramatic features - world cinema competition, and thirteen films in the dramatic features - Ibero-American cinema competition. Seventeen films are also slated for the documentary features - world & Ibero-American cinema competition. Additionally, the festival will screen 32 films, including both dramatic and documentary films, in the 'International Panorama' cate...

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    PARK CITY '06: Joey Lauren Adams: "I couldn't stand the idea of someone else interpreting the story.

    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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    PARK CITY '06: Luc Schaedler: "Making documentaries I found my personal way of expressing political,

    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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    "Brokeback" Wins Top Critics' Choice Awards

    The Critics' Choice awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association were presented Monday in LA with "Brokeback Mountain" winning the award for best picture and best director for Ang Lee. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the best actor award for "Capote", while Reese Witherspoon was honored for best actress for "Walk The Line." Paul Giamatti was awarded the best supporting actor prize for Cinderella Man and the prize for best supporting actress was shared by Michelle Williams for Brokeback Mountain and Amy Adams for Junebug. The Freedom Award went to George Clooney, an acting ensemble prize was presented to "Crash", the prize for best documentar...

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    14 Films Set for '06 Rotterdam Competition

    Fourteen films are set for the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Nine world premieres will be included in the 35th edition of the annual event, which will begin on January 25, 2006 in The Netherlands. In a statement Monday, Rotterdam festival director Sandra...

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