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    Poor films explains box office slump - survey

    The main reason for the box office slump is the quality of the movies themselves, according to a survey of moviegoers' opinions found in Internet chat rooms and posted on message boards. Even when moviegoers cite other reasons for going to theaters less often than they used to, they still circle bac...

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    Venice rolls out red carpet with martial-arts epic

    The Venice Film Festival was set to open on Wednesday with Hong Kong martial-arts spectacular "Seven Swords," underlining the prominence given Asian cinema at this year's event. The line-up at the world's oldest cinema competition was slimmed down to just 56 films after organizers came under fire fo...

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    Movie Stars in a Former War Zone: Sarajevo Film Festival Thrives For Locals and Industry Attendees

    It's rare to find a film festival that has both noble intentions AND an industry relevance -- Cannes isn't trying to cure cancer, after all. That's one reason that the Sarajevo Film Festival is such a standout on the festival circuit. The festival was started during the Bosnian war 11 years ago as a...

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    "Emmett Till" Doc Shows Box Office Light On Slow Weekend

    THINKFilm's "The Untold Story of Emmett Till" took over the specialty box office in a rather lackadasical weekend, which saw the indie screen average decline after a month of robust numbers. Sony Pictures Classics' "The Memory of a Killer" had the strongest debut of the weekend, taking the second po...

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    What Reverse Shot Learned During Summer Vacation: 13 Lessons

    We'd prefer not to have to once again go over the corrosive specifics of the summer's oft puzzled-over "summer slump." But with its projected "whopping" 9% drop from 2004's box-office totals and 11.5% decline in attendance, what are we supposed to do in response? Suddenly decry the paucity of strong...

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    "3 Needles" to Open Silver Edition of the Atlantic Film Festival

    The Atlantic Film Festival recently announced the line-up of its 25th edition, which includes a roster of 220 films. Opening the festival will be Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles." Taking place on three continents, the film stars Chloe Sevigny as a nun in South Africa, Lucy Liu as a mobile blood collect...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Leggat Named Head of SF Film Society

    Graham Leggat from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York has been named Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, effective October 17, 2005. Leggat has been Director of Communications for the FSLC there since 1999, has served as Associate Publisher of Film Comment, and a member...

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    Redford and Newman might reunite for a Walk

    Robert Redford and Paul Newman may soon be reunited on screen, more than 20 years after "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". And it won't be for a sequel. The something in question is a film adaptation of "A Walk in the Woods". The Guardian reports.

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    African Divide

    "That's not a shot. It's a statement," says Fernando Meirelles. He's describing a particular image in his new movie, "The Constant Gardener," that speaks volumes about the disparity between Africa's haves and have-nots. Hugh Hart reports in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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    "Kung Fu Hustle" Director Plans Sequel

    Hong Kong comic actor and director Stephen Chow said Tuesday he'll start filming the sequel to his action film "Kung Fu Hustle" either late this year or early 2006. Chow called the movie's US$17.1 million (€14.0 million) box office take in America as of Aug. 18 "not bad," but said, "I hope I can do ...

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