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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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    Steven Soderbergh Teams with Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban to Create New Distribution Model

    Steven Soderbergh has teamed up with entertainment entrepreneurs Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, partners in 2929 Prods. and HDNet Films, to create a revolutionary new distribution model. The idea behind the collaboration is to make a vertically- integrated studio that will cut the gaps between theater, DVD and high-definition cable distribution release times for a single film. Soderbergh's new film "Bubble," a small-town murder mystery shot in digital with a budget of only $1.6 million, will be the first example of this new distribution model at work. "HDNet Films agreed to finance and distribute six high-definition video movies directed by Sod...

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    Focus Gets "Opal Dream"

    Focus Features has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Peter Cattaneo's "Opal Dream". The company is planning a 2006 release for the family film from the director of "The Full Monty". The film is described as "the touching story of a young girl, Kellyanne (Sapphire Boyce) whose unshakable faith in her two imaginary friends resonates through her small hometown in the Australian Outback." It is based on Ben Rice's novella, "Pobby & Dingan" and adapted by Cattaneo. The film was produced by Lizie Gower and Nick Morris (for their London-based Academy Features) and Emile Sherman (for his Australia-based Sherman Pictures), in assoc...

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    FIND Sets $20 Million Ceiling For Spirit Awards

    With a new ceiling for eligible films set at $20 million, Film Independent in Los Angeles has announced the call for entries for the 21st Independent Spirit Awards. In a statement yesterday, group head Dawn Hudson said that the new ceiling "gave the committee wide latitude in choosing original, prov...

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    Clooney Speaks Out About Journalism and Filmmaking As NYFF Opens

    The 43rd New York Film Festival will open tonight with a gala Lincoln Center screening of George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” followed by the traditional glittering after-party at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Clooney's new movie is a look at a seminal time in the ...

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    IFP Toasts Winners as 2005 Market Wraps

    Independent Film Week organizers presented their annual prizes to IFP Market participants today with jurors singling out a handful of filmmakers to receive cash and services awards totaling more than $50,000 towards the development of new independent film projects. At a luncheon in SoHo (hosted by t...

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    At The New York Film Fest (not Toronto), World Cinema Gets its Due and Looks For Distribution

    Finally, world cinema gets the chance to shine. As the 43rd New York Film Festival kicks off tonight at Lincoln Center, about two dozens films from around the globe will get the attention they deserve -- unencumbered by studio junketeering and high-priced acquisitions news.

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    Scenes From Independent Film Week: Incentives, Acting, and Mixing At The IFP Market

    Who could have imagined that IFP's new Independent Film Week would come at such a fitting moment, during a week when local New York theaters are literally jammed with debuting specialty and independent releases all competing for an audience. "Its really crazy," noted the head of a leading studio spe...

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    The Guardian: Clash of the titans

    Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark" took Cannes' top prize. But relations between the director and his star, Björk, almost led to disaster, recalls Catherine Deneuve. The Guardian reports.

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