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    "Capote" and "Murderball" Win Top Gotham Awards; "Squid" & "Sex Addict" Also Honored

    Bennett Miller's "Capote" and Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" were among the big winners Wednesday night at the annual Gotham Awards, nabbing the Best Feature and Best Documentary awards respectively at a ceremony hosted this year by actress Kyra Sedgwick and presented by the I...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Gray Named VP at IFC

    IFC has promoted Elektra Gray to the position of Vice President of Consumer Public Relations, the company announced today. She was previously the Director of PR for IFC and joined the company in 1999. She will report to Ellen Kroner, the SVP of Corporate Communications and Marketing for Rainbow Medi...

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    Slamdance To Kick Off With Clark's "Rockers"

    Larry Clark's "Wassup Rockers," which debuted this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, will open the 12th Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT on January 19th. The film described as "a skateboarding odyssey about a group of Latino teens who leave their East Los Angeles neighborhood ...

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    Sundance Sets Slates for Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections

    Making the second of four program announcements, the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the rosters for the Spectrum, Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections. The new Spectrum section, renamed from the former 'American Spectrum' section, will now include both American and international titles. As ...

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    Downey, Dawson Star in Sundance Entries

    Ashley Judd, Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal and singer Tom Waits are among the stars appearing in movies competing for top honors at January's Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, festival organizers announced 64 films that will play at the Park City, Utah, festiva...

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    'Memoirs of a Geisha' Premieres in Japan

    For an American film starring a Chinese actress in a Japanese role, "Memoirs of a Geisha" picked a tough town for its world premiere. The film version of the best-selling novel of the same title debuted Tuesday in Tokyo to mixed reactions fueled by concerns of cultural authenticity. The film is rife...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Talking Distribution and Sundance During an Industry Session in Amsterdam

    The pending announcement of Sundance's competition lineup weighed heavy on the minds of some attendees at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Monday night local time as a sizeable group of people sat in wooden bleachers in a community center near festival's headquarters for a pan...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Tusk Joins HDNet Films

    Mark Tusk has been named head of development at HD Net Films. reporting to company heads Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente. Tusk joined Miramax as manager of acquistions in 1988, and in 1996 joined New Line as SVP of Production, leaving a few years ago to work as a photographer.

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    "The Squid and the Whale" Leads List of Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was later acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment, leads this year's list of Independent Spirit Award nominations, Film Independent announced this morning at an event in Los...

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