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    Its AFM Time, But What Does That Mean?

    In Santa Monica, CA today, the American Film Market (AFM) opens for the first time as solo Fall event. Today's Hollywood trades offer a range of insights on this year's market with Hollywood Reporter writing, "film buyers and sellers attending the meet, which runs through Nov. 9, say they are anticipating a busy market" and Variety offering, "North American buyers say they aren't expecting much from the new pics unspooling at AFM this year, but the mart will still yield valuable schmoozing and a sneak peek at pics coming to Sundance early next year." The event is underway today and will coincide again this year with AFI Fest which will open t...

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    The Return of Harmony Korine?

    Harmony Korine is back, putting together a new feature film, according to Screen Daily (membership required), the director of "Gummo" has enlisted Anita Pallenberg, Denis Lavant, Samantha Morton, and Diego Luna to play celebrity lookalikes living on a commune in Scotland in "Mr. Lonely." The $9.5 mi...

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    Production Report: "Astronaut Farmer," "Date Number One," "Mind Games," "Quid Pro Quo," "Trap"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    Zeitgeist Dances to Box office Heights with "Ballet Russes"; "Paradise Now" is a Hit in Limited Rele

    Zeitgeist Films' "Ballets Russes" waltzed atop the specialty box office over the weekend, opening at a single location, generating a high per screen count and taking the apex position on the indieWIRE box office table as measured on a per screen basis. Fellow newcomers "The Passenger" -- a Sony Pict...

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    Sundance Unveils Doc Funding List

    Thirteen feature-length docs have been selected for the second round of 2005 funding from the Sundance Documentary Fund. The projects were chosen from 460 submissions and will receive a total of $665,000 from the Open Society Institute and a match from the Ford Foundation.

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    LA Times Surveys Would-be Best Picture Contenders

    Having recently acquired Tom O'Neil's awards season site Goldderby.com, the LA Times today launched "The Envelope," tracking the awards season race. The lead story has O'Neil looking at the best picture Oscar race, singling out a mix of released and unseen films. Among the films that have already received festival and wider press attention, O'Neil mentions James Mangold's "Walk The Line," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," Sam Mendes' "Jarhead," George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three of Burials of Melquiades Estrada," Bennett Miller's "Capote," and even Paul Haggis' "Crash," Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man," Ferna...

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    SF Filmmakers Spotlighted at 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema

    San Francisco's Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema will open with Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller's "Ballets Russes" Thursday night, kicking off the seven-day event, with screenings in the city as well as in Oakland and San Rafael featuring 55 features, documentaries and shorts. "Ballets Russes"...

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    Stars go up the jungle for Amazon film fest

    Italian screen legend Claudia Cardinale, French director Roman Polanski and Spanish star Victoria Abril are due to be special guests at a film festival in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, Brazil, next weekend, organizers said. It will the second year the World Adventure Film Festival -- "dedicated ...

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    AP: Depardieu Says He's Ending Career

    Gerard Depardieu told a newspaper that he's ending his film career -- and swears he wasn't drunk when he said it. "I'm in the process of stopping filming," the Academy Award-nominated actor was quoted as saying in weekly Le Parisien Dimanche. "I'm a guy who's leaving! A guy who's not drunk. For once...

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    BBC: French Actress Takes New York by Storm

    Isabelle Huppert is certainly brave. The 52-year-old French film star has just made her New York stage debut in a play written by the late British playwright, Sarah Kane. But perhaps what these theatregoers loved was the sheer proximity to her. New York it seems, is in the grip of all things Huppert...

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