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    "Risque" and "Breakfast on Pluto" Rule an Otherwise Dull Specialty B.O.

    Rialto Pictures' redue "Classe Tous Risques" sashayed atop the indieWIRE box office table, opening at a single location attracting heavy audience traffic over the weekend, which saw huge studio offerings, including the latest "Harry Potter" installment. Sony Pictures Classics' "Breakfast on Pluto" h...

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    Four Films Named Balkan Fund Recipients at Thessaloniki Fest

    Four film projects were named recipients of the Balkan Fund Award, a cash award worth €10,000 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, currently underway in Greece. The award-winners include "Conversation with Serafim," screenwriter and director Silviu Purcarete, Libra Films (Romania); "Asphyxiation,"screenwriter and director Asli Ozge, DKFY (Turkey); "Cum in the Rye," screenwriter Dimitrije Vojnov, director and producer Srdjan Dragojevic, Delirium Films (Serbia & Montenegro); "Welcome Aboard," screenwriter and director Constantine Giannaris, Highway Productions (Greece). This year, its third in operation, the Balkan Fund proceedings ...

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    Sundance Channel Names Lynn Kirby SVP of Original Programming and Development

    Sundance Channel has announced the appointment of Lynne Kirby as Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development. The announcement was made today by Laura Michalchyshyn, Executive Vice President, Programming & Marketing, Sundance Channel, to whom Kirby will report. Kirby comes to Sundance Channel from The Discovery Channel, where she has been serving as the head of New York based development. She will be based in New York. Kirby will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of Sundance Channel's original series and films. She will manage a team that includes Samuel J. Paul, Director, Original Programming and D...

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    Starz Denver International Film Festival: A Best-Kept Secret No Longer

    Starting with a lineup of films expertly curated by co-founder and artistic director Ron Henderson and program director Brit Withey, this year's 28th Starz Denver International Film Festival was a rare jewel in the film festival world: a well-organized large fest in a large city that treated filmmak...

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    THINKFilm and Screen Media Lure "Loverboy" to North America

    THINKFilm in partnership with Screen Media Films has acquired North American theatrical rights to "Loverboy" a drama starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon, it was announced by THINK's theatrical division head, Mark Urman, and Screen Media's president, Robert Baruc. The film had its world premiere at Sundance in January and was a featured presentation at the Hamptons InternationalFilm Festival last month. THINK will release "Loverboy" next spring to coincide with the launch of the second season of Sedgwick's popular dramatic series, "The Closer." Based on the highly regarded novel by Victoria Redel, "Loverboy" tells the story of E...

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    The Top Ten, so far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE compiles the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written.

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    AP: Fox to Offer Movies Online Via Movielink

    Movielink, a joint venture of five Hollywood studios to offer movies over the Internet, has signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox, allowing it to offer movies from all major studios for the first time. The deal, announced Monday, comes at a time when studios and TV networks are looking at alterna...

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    Magnolia's Plans Spring '06 Release for French Parkour Action Title, "District 13"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its deal for North American rights to "District 13" ("Banlieue 13") written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, ...

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    LA Times: Anthony Hopkins: Wild Dark Horse in the Best Actor Derby

    Stand back, derby watchers! Making a last-minute dash onto the best actor track is wily old Anthony Hopkins, riding a 1920 Kiwi motorcycle at record speed. Hopkins is so determined to break into that Oscar race that he and Magnolia Pictures "are screening the hell" out of "The World's Fastest Indian," according to Pete Hammond, who moderates many of Variety's screenings. "The World's Fastest Indian" is the real-life story of a 72-year-old New Zealand man who spends his retirement building an Indian motorcycle that he takes, without much funding or a support team, to race in Utah, where he sets a new land-speed record that still stands today. ...

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    Ten Months After A Sundance '05 Debut, Duplass Brothers Keep Driving "The Puffy Chair"

    In about a week, organizers will unveil the list of some 120 new feature films that will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. While the January festival will usher in a fresh new crop of American indie films hoping to secure distribution, a handful of worthy features from Sundance '05 are stil...

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