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    PARK CITY '06: Jeff Lipsky: "...That's when my life with films began in earnest. I'd just experience

    Every day for the next three weeks, 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: Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan: "For better or worse, we made these films the way we w

    Every day for the next three weeks, 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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    The Guardian: Kissing Cowboy; Interview with Heath Ledger

    Heath Ledger made his name as a hunky teen heartthrob. But his portrayal of a gay ranchhand in "Brokeback Mountain" has made him an Oscar favourite. He talks to Howard Feinstein in The Guardian.

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    Polychrome Opens Theatrical Deal for "Red Doors"

    Writer/director Georgia Lee's award-winning debut feature film "Red Doors," produced by Blanc de Chine Entertainment, will be distributed by Polychrome Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Home Video. Polychrome acquired theatrical rights to "Red Doors" and will also handle TV and home video distribution via their Warner Bros. deal. In addition, Forward Entertainment has come on board to represent the film for worldwide sales excluding North America. The deals were brokered by Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures; Deutchman is also executive producer on the film. The film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded b...

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    The Guilds Have Spoken: "Brokeback", "Capote", "Crash", and "Good Night" Lead Noms

    More influential groups have weighed in with their picks for the best movies and performances of 2005. First it was the critics groups in early December, then journalists and their ten best lists at the end of the month, now the industry's four big guilds have spoken. In the past two days, the Direc...

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    Wong Kar Wai named jury president for Cannes '06

    Chinese director Wong Kar Wai ("In the Mood for Love") has been named president of the jury for the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place May 17 - 28. Wong is the first Chinese jury president in the festival's history, organizers said. Wong, who first journeyed to the French Riviera resort in ...

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    As Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration, Redford & Sundance Find A Home In Brooklyn

    Citing the 40.6 degree of latitude shared between Park City, UT and Brooklyn, NY, this afternoon Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute joined the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in announcing a collaboration dubbed, Creative Latitude: Sundance Institute at BAM. To mark the 25th anniversary of th...

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    Paramount Classics Names Israel as New EVP of Production and Acquisitions

    Paramount Classics president John Lesher announced the appointment of Amy Israel as executive vice president of production and acquisitions at the studio's specialty film label. Israel joins Paramount Classics from The Orphanage, a film, TV, animation VFX company, where she has served as head of production and as a producer since 2003. She recently produced "Griffin & Phoenix," directed by Ed Stone. Israel recently co-executive produced "Shall We Dance" for Miramax Films, directed by Peter Chelsom and "Hysterical Blindness" for HBO, directed by Mira Nair. Prior to becoming a producer, Israel was co-head and senior vice president of the acqui...

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    Sundance Channel Sets Fest TV Host

    The Sundance Channel has announced that Whitney Cummings from TV's "Best Week Ever" and "Punk'd" will host the cable network's "Festival Dailies" on-air coverage of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival later this month. Daily coverage will air at 9 p.m. ET from January 20 - 29, for 30 minutes each day.

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    Directors Guild Names Nominees for Directors Award

    The Directors Guild of America's vice president Betty Thomas today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2005. The nominees are: George Clooney, "Good Night, and Good Luck"; Paul Haggis, "Crash"; Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"; Benne...

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