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    AP: Polanski Transforms Suffering Into Art

    It is easy to see parallels between Polanski's own traumatic, rootless boyhood and the plot of his new movie, "Oliver Twist," an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of a penniless orphan who wanders from a workhouse into a gang, searching for a place in the world. Today, Roman Polanski is am...

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    "Proof" Adds Box office Success; "Everything is Illuminated" Debuts Bright

    Miramax's "Proof" calculated a winning position on the iW BOT.s list of specialty releases last weekend, taking a commanding lead following its limited roll out in over a half-dozen sites. Warner Independent Pictures. "Everything is Illuminated" scored the second position on the chart, as ranked on ...

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    "Walk The Line" To Kick Off AFI FEST; Premieres Announced

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival will open this year with James Mangold's "Walk The Line", fresh from screenings in Telluride and Toronto. Organizers also announced a roster of some 16 world premieres that will debut at festival, running November 3 - 13 in Los Angeles.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Pizzo To Washington Square

    Christopher Pizzo has joined Washington Square Films as part of the company's launch of a film sales division. Pizzo was formerly a partner at Carmichael Films, which recently closed its doors. WSF announced that the new division will handle the company's own productions as well as projects from oth...

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    5 Finalists Chosen For 50th Anniversary Goldwyn Writing Awards

    Five finalists, chosen from more than 100 submissions from seven University of California campuses, have been named in the competition for the Fiftieth Anniversary 2005 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards competition, presented by the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation. They are: David Ariniello from UCI for "River Champion", Michael Carnick from UCSD for "Who's Driving Doug", Shanee Edwards from UCLA for "Enchantress of Numbers", Chris Kyle from UCLA for "The Ganders", and Laurel Minter from UCLA for "The Route". The $25,000 first prize, $10,000 second prize, $8,000 third prize, $5,000 and $2,000 honorable mentions will be awarded on Tuesday, November 1, ...

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    "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy"...

    Tonight (Tuesday), IFC Center will host a special live screening of "From The Big Apple To The Big Easy", a concert being held at Madison Square Garden to support relief and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Tickets for the broadcast event at IFC are $19.95 and will go directly t...

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    The LA Times on Barker & Bernard

    In the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein praises Sony Pictures Classics chiefs Michael Barker and Tom Bernard:

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    Critics Notebook: Exploring Heaven & Hell At the Toronto Festival

    Much has been inked about Ang Lee’s breathtaking "Brokeback Mountain" and Bennett Miller’s insightful "Capote" (the latter movie’s strength emerging from its fine performances rather than great directorial skill). Like many highly anticipated films, both front-ended Toronto, but th...

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    Bareback Mountain?

    At fests in Toronto and Telluride, insiders branded Ang Lee's latest, 'Bareback Mountain'...referencing the intimacy shared by the lead characters in the story of two cowboys who fall in love in Wyoming in the 1960s. "Brokeback Mountain" distributor Focus Features" isn't holding back on depicting th...

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    IFP Unveils Finalists For Market Honors

    Five awards will be given out this week at the IFP Market which will kick off Monday in Manhattan. Winning films will receive sizable cash and in-kind prizes at this Thursday's lunchtime ceremony, with award values exceeding more than $50,000. In announcing this year's nominees, IFP Market organizers noted that the event acts as a talent showcase aimed at aiding in the development of new independent work. The complete list of nominees follows... [Eugene Hernandez]Gordon Parks Award for an Emerging African American Filmmaker - Directing($5,000 - supported by a grant from Artists Public Domain)- Edford Banuel for "A Message from Pops"- Yvonne K...

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