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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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    "Henderson," "Brokeback," and "Three Burials" Highlight Santa Fe Fest

    The 2005 Santa Fe Film Festival opened this week with Stephen Frears' "Mrs. Henderson Presents" with Judi Dench, ushering in the event which is screening 200 films from nearly 40 countries. Dench plays a plucky British widow in the feature who keeps alive a legendary London music hall during the hei...

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    The Guardian: How a heart-throb became the voice of liberal America

    George Clooney was adamant about one thing last week: he was not attacking the President in his gripping new film about the Middle East - he was slamming the entire geopolitical system. "It is not an attack on the Bush administration, but it is an attack on the system that has been in place for 60 o...

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    AP: Film to Recieve the Stanley Kramer Award

    "Good Night, and Good Luck" is being recognized by the Producers Guild of America. The film will receive the 2006 Stanley Kramer Award, which honors movies that shed light on social issues, the guild announced Monday. The film's producer and co-writer, Grant Heslov, will accept the prize at the 17th...

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    Reuters: Cowboy romance 'Brokeback' faces challenge

    It has wowed film festivals, won rave reviews and sparked Oscar buzz, but when "Brokeback Mountain," a.k.a. the gay cowboy movie, begins playing to general audiences on Friday, it faces its toughest challenge yet -- wooing mainstream America. Winning over middle America is important for the roughly ...

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