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    Who Is Philippe Martinez?

    With a reported $200 million investment, Philippe Martinez has moved to Los Angeles to, in his not so modest words, build "the number one independent U.S. distributor." Continuing, he told the New York Times, "To get ahead of Lions Gate we have to do $350 to $400 million of business a year. We have less money than they do, and fewer employees. But I have my passion. That's what's going to make the difference." The exec, fresh from a European jail (as detailed in the Times piece), had his company, Bauer Martinez Distribution, pay the big bucks and beat out competitors for David Ayer's "Harsh Times" at this year's Toronto International Film Fes...

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    "Capote" Books a Cold Blooded Box Office Coup; "History of Violence" Expands Heavily

    Newcomers dominated the top tier of the specialty box office over the weekend, taking the top four positions on the indieWIRE box office table as ranked on a per screen basis. Sony Pictures Classics' "Capote" handily took the number one spot with a limited release in a dozen theaters, while Fox Sear...

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    ThinkFilm & HBO Go For "Favela Rising"

    A deal for Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's "Favela Rising" has been announced, with THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films nabbing distribution rights to the movie. THINKFilm's head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman clarified that his company has theatrical rights, HBO has the first pay TV window and the film's producers have retained video rights. The doc debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and follows former favela drug dealer Anderson Sa as he aims to establish a group that uses music and dancing to fight drugs and violence in the dangerous slums of Rio. A tragic accident threatens the movement and...

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    Movie Trailer Redux

    By now, there's a good chance you've already seen that hilarious mock trailer for "The Shining", using footage from the film to re-imagine it as a light family comedy. But what about the new take on "West Side Story" and an alternatve version of "Titanic", as horror/thillers... The P.S. 260 blog ind...

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    Mormon Boy Band Movie Mixed Up With "Porn Star" Title

    Woops! DVDs of Halestorm Entertainment's "Sons of Provo," a comedy about a Morman boy band, were mistakenly packaged with copies of the Italian melodrama, "Adored: Diary of a Porn Star" from Wolfe Video. Halestorm and Wolfe share the same replicator, which was responsible for the error. A Utah shop ...

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    Production Report: "Anomaly," "I Believe in America," "In A Dark Place...," "Jam," "Tonight at Noon"

    [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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    DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK: Kiarostami Honored for a Lifetime of Achievement

    Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (director of "Taste of Cherry" and writer of "Crimson Gold") received the recognition of a nation Monday in Iceland. The President of the North Atlantic island nation, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson presented the director with a lifetime achievement award as part...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Weinstein Company Taps Biber

    Liz Biber has been hired by The Weinstein Company to run the Los Angeles publicity office and Dimension Film campaigns for the new company. She will serve as SVP of publicity for Dimension Films, reporting to Liza Burnett, EVP of publicity for The Weinstein Company.

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    Noah's Arc: Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"

    Barely cracking the 80-minute mark and covering well-trod ground, "The Squid and the Whale" is the kind of movie that courts underappreciation. Noah Baumbach's fourth feature is of a familiar genre, the broken-family "bildungsroman," and its denizens are known to us as well -- this is the urbane, in...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Rogue Hires Getto & Heinemen

    Focus Features' Rogue Pictures division has announced the hiring of Paul Getto and Alex Heineman as creative executives at the company. They will report directly to president of production Andrew Rona (who joined the unit from Dimension Films). Getto spent two years working for Focus, while Heinemen...

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