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    Weinsteins Announce Home/Video DVD Venture; Deal Includes Wellspring

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein have announced the formation of a new venture to handle all of their home video/DVD distribution. The Weinsteins are partnering with Genius Products, Inc. to create a new LLC that they will own 70% of (Genius will own 30%). Included under the new venture will indie/foreign film distributor Wellspring, which is owned by Genius. And part of the deal are IFC Films titles (as part of the Weinstein's previously announced deal with Rainbow). Other labels handled by Genius include NBC News, TV Guide, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and Baby Genius. A complete story will be published later in indieWIRE. [Eugene Hernandez...

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    Rollins Set for SXSW

    Henry Rollins will participate in a one-on-one chat with Andy Langer of Esquire Magazine at SXSW 2006, organizers have confirmed. The host of IFC's upcoming "The Henry Rollins Show" will take part in a discussion of, in the words of organizers, "his feelings on the current state of the media, pop cu...

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    Don't Fence Me In: Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"

    Even on the eve of "Brokeback Mountain"'s release, it's difficult to separate the actual movie onscreen from the media attention that's been swirling around it for months. Is Ang Lee's effective tragic romance to be viewed as just another epic love story unfolding under a panoramic azure sky or as a...

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    Sundance Unveils Short Film Lineup for '06 Fest

    A total of 73 short films -- dramatic, documentary, and animated -- will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The shorts were selected from a total of 4,327 submitted for the upcoming festival, running January 19 - 19, in Utah. All of the films will also be available beginning on January 19th ...

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    First Person: Marcus Hu on "Brokeback Mountain"

    [This is the first in a new regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    "Cache" and "Sophie Scholl" Top European Film Awards

    Michael Haneke's "Cache" won five awards Saturday night at the European Film Awards, presented in Berlin, while Marc Rothemund's "Sophie Scholl, the Final Days" won three prizes. "Cache" won the awards for best European film, best European director, best actor for Daniel Auteuil, best European edito...

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    SF Chronicle: Happy birthday, Woody Allen

    Woody Allen turns 70 today, and the weakness -- or, in some cases, the comparative weakness -- of his recent films obscures the fact this is one of the great American filmmakers. We take him for granted, think of him as a cottage industry producing little boutique films, one a year, like clockwork. ...

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    Reuters: MTV makes AIDS film and offers it for free

    MTV, whose inception in 1981 coincided with the first reported case of AIDS, has made a film and released it to broadcasters for free on Thursday to educate young people about the epidemic. The feature-length "Transit" tells the story of eight young people whose lives are intertwined, and through a ...

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    Reuters: Philippine gay romance wins Asian film fest honors

    "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," a gay love story set between the squalor and corruption of Manila slums and the corridors of law and order, won best film at the inaugural Asian Festival of 1st Films in Singapore Wednesday. The Philippine film was directed by Raymond Lee and Auraeus Solito. The ...

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    Lawrence Kasdan to Receive 2006 Screen Laurel Award

    Lawrence Kasdan will be honored with a Screen Laurel Award at the 2006 Writers Guild Awards. The Writers Guild of America presents the award to someone who has "advanced the literature of the motion picture and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter." The first screenplay that Kasdan sold was for the movie "The Bodyguard." He wrote the screenplay for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and co-wrote the screenplays for "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Kasdan also directed from screenplays that he wrote or co-wrote, including the movies "The Big Chill," "The Accidental Tourist" and "Mumford." The Writers G...

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