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    Al Jazeera: Tsunami aid misuse focus of film

    Dhruv Dhawan just wanted to make a film about Sri Lankan survivors of the tsunami, but he stumbled upon a classic tale of how developing countries on the long march to prosperity often ride roughshod over the poor. But Dhawan's "From Dust," shot in the southern towns of Galle and Koggala, suggests t...

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    17th Palm Springs Festival Brings "The New World" and Foreign Oscar Submissions to the Desert

    Plans for the 17th Palm Springs International Film Festival have been announced with 232 films from 70 countries, including four world, 31 North American and 51 U.S. premieres slated. Once again the festival will spotlight entries for the best foreign language Oscar consideration, with 51 of this ye...

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    U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Announces Initial Line Up for Event

    HBO and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (USCAF) announced the initial programming today for the 12th annual festival, which returns to Aspen, Colorado, from March 8 - 12, 2006. Highlights of the upcoming USCAF include salutes to "The Larry Sanders Show" with creator and star Garry Shandling and co-star Jeffery Tambor and the 15th anniversary of a Def Comedy Jam with Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Sandy Wernick, a presentation of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and a screening of the feature film based on "A Prairie Home Companion," as well as Jim Henson's 'Puppet Improv.' The USCAF will also feature a full line up of stand-up, s...

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    Wellspring Gets U.S. Rights to Chereau's Latest, "Gabrielle"

    Wellspring has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle," starring Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory in an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story, "The Return." The company, owned by Genius Products, which recently announced a deal with The Weinstein Company, acquir...

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    Shadow Distribution to Open "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in the U.S.

    Shadow Distribution will handle the U.S. release of Liz Mermin's doc "The Beauty Academy of Kabul," which will open in New York at the Angelika Film Center on March 24 and in Los Angeles in April. Other cities will follow, according to the company. The film follows Western women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s), who return to Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. Mermin and her crew of three other women, plus a female translator, spent 10 weeks in Kabul building trust on camera and off, and documenting the subtle transformations and amusing cultural exchanges that took place over three intense mon...

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    5 Questions for Grace Lee, Director of "The Grace Lee Project"

    However much we might deny it, most of us probably fit some stereotype, whether it's through our geographic origin, income level or some physical attribute that we refuse to change through cosmetic surgery. What do you do, however, when people stereotype you as being "nice," "quiet" and "gentle"? An...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Lassoes a Mammoth Limited Opening

    Focus Features opened its anticipated Venice, Telluride and Toronto fest feature "Brokeback Mountain," scoring the highest per screen average of any specialty release since this column began two-and-a-half years ago. The film easily lead the herd of specialty releases, handily taking the number one ...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Chinese director has Oscar 'Promise'

    A contender for Oscar glory in 1994 with "Farewell My Concubine," Chen Kaige again is representing mainland China's hopes in the best foreign film race with "The Promise," a $35 million film that ranks as the biggest ever made in China. Chen recently spoke about his film and the future of Chinese ci...

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    Sundance Names Finalists for NHK International Filmmakers Awards

    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced the twelve finalists for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The annual award supports new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions to support them in realizing their next projects. One winner from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan is selected by members of an international jury.  The four winners will be announced during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The twelve finalists are: Veit Helmer's "Azerbaijan Dream" (Germany), Nanouk Leopold's "Wolfsbergen" (The Netherlands), ...

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    "Brokeback" Leads With 7 Golden Globe Nominations

    The nominations for the 63rd Golden Globe Awards were announced Tuesday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" is leading the race with seven nominations. The prizes will be presented in Los Angeles on Monday, January 16th at 8 p.m.

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