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    Big Numbers for "Brokeback" Debut

    Focus Features' release of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" was a resounding success with the film earning more than half-a-million dollars in its limited debut this weekend. According to a Focus Features estimate Sunday, the film made $544,275 at five venues split between New York City, Los Angeles a...

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    B.N.A.T.

    Internet movie maven Harry Knowles annually celebrates his birthday with a 24 hour movie marathon at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse. This year's Butt-Numb-A-Thon has just ended in Austin, offering the select group of attendees a sneak peak at a number of unreleased films (and a few classics). Matt Dentle...

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    "Brokeback" Leads BFCA Nominations

    "Brokeback Mountain" is leading the list of nominees for the Critics Choice Awards (list via MovieCityNews), presented each year by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film received 8 nominations, including best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and m...

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    NYT: Doing the Hollywood Math: What Slump?

    In The New York Times today, Lorne Manly examines the infamous box office slump of 2005, finding that while theatrical grosses may be down from last year, over all the Hollywood studio business is healthy:In an age of hundreds of cable channels, video games and other distractions, the domestic box o...

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    Dubai International Film Festival Kicks Off with "Paradise Now"

    The Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates kicked off its second edition Sunday. "Paradise Now," directed by Hany Abu-Assad, opened the festival on December 11, with ninety-eight films from 46 countries to screen throughout the seven days of the festival.

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    Paramount Hooks Dreamworks

    Viacom's Paramount Pictures is buying Dreamworks SKG -- the eleven year old studio founded by David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg -- in a billion dollar pact. The deal is pegged at a price ranging from $1.4 - $1.6 billion according to news reports late Friday. The New York Times a...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    Koch Lorber Films has announced a deal for U.S. and Canadian theatrical and DVD rights to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis." The film, produced by Steve Shainberg, shared the International Documentary Association's top prize for best documentary this year, to be presented tonight (December 9th)...

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    NY Times: After Mixed Reviews, Chris Rock Will Not Return as Oscar Host

    The comedian Chris Rock, who gave the often staid Academy Awards a jolt this year by mocking movie stars and taking a camera crew into a black neighborhood to talk to moviegoers, will not be returning to host next year's Academy Awards, his spokesman said. "He didn't want to do it in perpetuity," said Matt Labov, Mr. Rock's publicist. "He'd like to do it again down the road." Gil Cates, who is producing the awards program for the 13th time, would not confirm the decision, saying only that he had not yet chosen a host and that Mr. Rock did a "great job" this year. He said he would announce his choice for the March 5 broadcast on ABC before the...

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    Santa Barbara Fest Honoring Hoffman, Watts, Ledger

    Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger will be honored at the 21st Santa Barbara International Film Festival, along with director James Cameron. As previously announced, George Clooney will be at the festival to receive the Modern Master Award. Hoffman, currently starring in "Capote," will receive 'The Riviera Award' on February 11th for an actor who has influenced American cinema. Watts, starring in the upcoming "King Kong," will receive the Montecito Award recognizing a performer who has given classic and standout performances, on February 4th. Ledger will be honored with the 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year' awar...

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    Palm Springs To Honor MacLaine, Theron, Newman & Others

    The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced another group of honorees for its upcoming festival. Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award this year, while actress Charlize Theron will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, and composer Thomas Newman will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. The awards will be presented on January 7, 2006 at the event's awards gala. Other previously announced honorees include director David Cronenberg, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, actor Terrence Howard and producer Michael London. The festival will take place January 5 - 1...

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