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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Weyermann Joins Participant Productions

    Diane Weyermann has joined Participant Productions as the company's Executive Vice President of Documentary Production. She is assuming the newly created position following her role as director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. She will manage the company's doc slate, including the acquisition of new projects and supervising projects from development through release. She will report to company president Ricky Strauss. Participant doc projects include "Murderball" and the upcoming "The World According to Sesame Street." Sundance has not yet announced a replacement for Weyermann, but Robert Redford issued a statement commend...

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    "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" to Open Hollywood Film Festival

    Shane Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" will open the ninth Hollywood Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theater on October 18th, launching the event which will include ten world premieres. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, the crime/thriller centers on a petty thief (Downey...

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    White Trash: Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies"

    Since "Where the Truth Lies" debuted at Cannes this past May, it has been beset by a censorship controversy that, like "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls" before it, might just be its only saving grace, financially speaking. Because Atom Egoyan's latest effort is a pretty wretched film, formulaic, conf...

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    Fire Destroys Home of Wallace and Gromit

    The warehouse headquarters of Aardman Animations in England was destroyed by a fire today, according to news reports from the scene. The Guardian reported this afternoon, "Most, if not all, the props, backgrounds and sets used since founders Dave Sproxton and Peter Lord first established he company in 1976 were lost after the roof of the archive facility collapsed, wrecking the three floors below it." The news came on a day of celebration for the company, with the first Wallace and Gromit's feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" debuting as the number one movie in the United States (earning an estimated $16 million in its de...

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    Killer Films @ 10: Vachon, Koffler and Roumel Consider a Decade and Look Ahead

    Few companies today represent the flavor of American independent cinema like Killer Films, the boutique production outfit formed by producers Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler ten years ago. In that decade, Killer's successes have mirrored those of a broader independent film sector that has grown int...

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    Sundance Institute Announces Establishment of Sloan Commissioning Fund for Science/Technology Screen

    Sundance Institute announced recently the creation of the Sloan Commissioning Fund, through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enabling the Institute to further support the development, presentation and celebration of science and technology through independent film. This is the first commissioning project initiated by the Sundance Institute. The fund provides a cash stipend, and creative and practical support to develop science and technology-related screenplays at an early phase of development. The deadline for applications is November 1st. Designed to create greater interest in science/technology among filmmakers in their pre-scri...

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    "Constant Gardener" and "Good Night, and Good Luck" Bookend Upcoming 49th London Film Festival

    The Times BFI London Film Festival, one of Europe's largest public film events, recently announced the lineup for its 49th edition. The festival will showcase over 180 feature films as well as an international array of documentaries, animation and experimental works. Fernando Meirelles, who received...

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    "Squid" at $30k Per Screen in Opening Weekend

    Noah Baumbach's "The Squid & The Whale" (a Samuel Goldwyn/Sony release that opened Wednesday) debuted with an estimated first weekend gross of $123,708 on 4 screens, a $30,927 per screen average. The estimated gross, since opening on Wed. on 2 screens is $148,338. In an email reporting grosses, Mich...

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    NEWSWEEK: A Better Alternative

    "If you want to see great acting in American movies today," writes David Ansen in Newsweek, you're not likely to find it in big studio movies." Continuing he surveys some of the better performances in this fall's films, saying:

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    NY Times: Study Finds Young Men Attending Fewer Films

    In the New York Times, Sharon Waxman reports on a new study that indicates a drop in moviegoing among younger men:

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