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    Miramax Set to Strike Again With "Tsotsi"

    Miramax Films is reportedly set to make its second acquisition under the new leadership of Daniel Battsek. The company is expected to close a deal for North American rights to the Edinburgh and Toronto fest winner "Tsotsi" by Gavin Hood. During the Toronto fest, Miramax acquired rights to the doc "The Heart of the Game". Hood's "Tsotsi", based on Athol Fugard's novel, was described by the Toronto festival as tracing "six days in the lonely, violent life of Tsotsi (meaning 'thug'), a ruthless, young gang leader." Miramax neither confirmed nor denied the pact this weekend. As of late Sunday night a company spokesperson emphasized in a brief sta...

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    Next Reel Int'l Fest Underway at NYU

    Now underway in New York is the re-named Next Reel International Film Festival, a biannual international film showcase that will offer screenings of some 111 films from 25 countries at New York University. Previously known as the NYU International Student Film Festival, the event is running now through October 1st at IFC Center and the Tisch School of the Arts in downtown Manhattan. David Lynch, Todd Solondz, and Lodge Kerrigan are among the filmmakers participating in discussions at the event. Also on tap is a panel discussion, organized by the Tribeca Film Festival, entitled, "Next Steps: Using Your Short Film to Achieve Your Career Goals."...

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    Reuters: Montreal film fests battle for funds, movie buffs

    Reuters reported this weekend on the New Montreal Film Fest:

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    Observer: LA confidential

    A few days before power PR firm PMK/HBH opens its London office, the Observer offers a profile of publicist Pat Kingsley:

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    Tell Laura We Love Her: Ira Sachs' "Forty Shades of Blue"

    It feels like precious little happens in “Forty Shades of Blue” -- surprising for a film so fraught with disintegrating relationships and more than its fair share of infidelity. This isn’t meant to be an indictment, but praise: Ira Sachs’ ostensibly sensational narrative is m...

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    "C.R.A.Z.Y.", "3 Needles", and "Whole New Thing" Win Multiple Awards At Atlantic Film Fest

    The Atlantic Film Festival in Nova Scotia announced the winners of its 25th edition over the weekend with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.” a multiple award winner at the event. The film won the festival's People's Choice Award and the award for Best Canadian Feature honor, a ...

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    NY Times: Answered Prayers: How 'Capote' Came Together

    Around two years ago, a classic Hollywood pitch meeting was ending. In the Santa Monica offices of the now-defunct United Artists, a director with nothing more impressive than a low-budget documentary under his belt, a first-time screenwriter, a producer and an actor listened for a yes. "I would vouch for those two in the room with a very strong conviction," Philip Seymour Hoffman said of the writer and director. Friendship is rarely enough to get a movie made, but in what was to be one of several charmed moments in the life of "Capote," a key executive finally leaned forward, too - and spoke the yes they were waiting for. Christian Moerk rep...

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    AP: Polanski Debuts 'Oliver Twist' in Prague

    Roman Polanski, debuting his new film "Oliver Twist" on Saturday, said he chose to adapt the classic novel because he admires 19th-century English literature and wanted to make a movie his children would enjoy. The director, who in 2003 took home an Academy Award for his Holocaust drama "The Pianist...

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    Reuters: 'The Squid and the Whale' tells NY family fable

    Director Noah Baumbach dressed actor Jeff Daniels in his father's clothes and used his father's books as props in "The Squid and the Whale," but he insists his movie about a family broken by divorce is fiction. Still, the parallels to the director's real life are hard to ignore. Claudia Parsons repo...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYFF: Clooney, Miller, Baumbach and Yoji Yamada Share Fest Spotlight

    One insider calls it New York's own "Oscar Night" and others refer to it as indie film's annual prom; the opening night of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center followed by the traditional party at Tavern On The Green is a glittering night out for the film community. The New York Film Festiva...

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