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    Mann's "Rat Fink" Set for U.S. Release

    Abramorama has acquired Ron Mann's animated biopic "Tales of the Rat Fink," about Hot Rod Legend Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, creator of the anti-Mickey Mouse icon, Rat Fink. The film, featuring the voices of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Ann-Margret, and Brian Wilson, among others, had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW and includes classic archival footage of the golden age of hot rods and the surf rock soundtrack of The Sadies. According to the announcement, Catherine Tait of Duopoly brokered the distribution deal between Ron Mann's Sphinx Productions and Abramorama, which released Mann's previous movies, "Grass" and "Go Further." "Tales of th...

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    10 Films Set for Toronto's Midnight Madness Section

    The world premiere of Larry Charles' "Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Zazakhstan," featuring Sacha Baron Cohen's infamous character will lead the list of new films screening in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program offers a mix of genre movies, including sci0fi, horror, comedy and docs. Organizers have unveiled a slate of ten midnight movies that will screen at the festival, including Jonathan King's "Black Sheep" from New Zealand, Jonathan Levine's "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" from the U.S., the anthology "Trapped Ashes" by Joe Dante, Ken Russell, Sean C...

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    "Goodbye" Leads List of Indian Films Set For Toronto '06

    Karan Johar's "Never Say Goodbye" is among the new films from India that will debut at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. The gala presentation at this year's fest is described as, "a passionate, sweeping love story that captures India's biggest stars and foremost talent with charm and sophistication. With New York as its backdrop, the film tackles the bonds of marriage with delightful touches of humor and grand le aps into romance." The film, from Dharma Productions, is distributed in North America by Yash Raj Films. Fest organizers also unveiled a group of other Indian titles set to screen at the fest, including Kabir Bhan's "K...

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    2007 Sundance Film Festival Entry Deadlines

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, running January 18 - 28 in Utah, has announced a call for submissions for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, and for short films. Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for next year's event are: August 18 (for early submissions for all films); September 1 (short films); September 11 (feature films). The Independent Film Competition is open to independently produced dramatic and documentary feature-length films; U.S. films in competition must be world premieres, have at least 50 percent U.S. financing, and have been completed in either 2005 or 2006. Dramatic features must be no less tha...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Opens Canada First! with "Fido" and to Screen Eight World Debuts

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has revealed details of its Canada First! line up, with Andrew Currie's zombie film "Fido" opening the section, which will spotlight nine feature films, with eight screening as world premieres, organizers announced Tuesday. Additionally the festival, taki...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival is set to screen international or North American premieres of seven Spanish-language films from a number of countries. Three of the titles will screen in TIFF's Dicsovery section, two in Visions and one in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while one will be shown as a Special Presentation. The seven films include: Manuel Nieto Nas' "The Dog Pound" (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), about a young urban intellectual who settles in a rural town after failing his university exams and being dumped by his girlfriend (North American debut, Contemporary World Cinema); Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's "Dark Blu...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Four World Debuts for September Event

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has released more details of its event taking place September 7 - 16, with three world premieres from the United States on tap. The world premiere of Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men," starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The film, which will be presented as a gala is the story of Willie Stark (Penn), a charismatic Southern politician whose idealism is marred by his own corruption, success and insatiable lust for power. Also joining this year's line up is Bob Balaban's "Bernard and Boris," which is based on the life story of bill...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Ira," "Abby," and "Mario" Win in Audience Prizes; Fest Salutes "Sunshine" and "Qu

    Boasting an attendance of more than 80,000 this year, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close Sunday night at the Wadsworth Theater in West Los Angeles. On its final night, celeb presenter Christina Applegate announced two feature audience awards -- the fest-goers chose "Ira & Abby," written by (and co-starring) Jennifer Westfeldt and directed by Robert Cary, as the winner of the narrative audience award. The film, a true crowd-pleaser here in L.A. this year, marks Westfeldt's return to the festival following the successful launch of her first feature "Kissing Jessica Stein" here five years ago. The feature about modern r...

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    Fabian Bielinsky Dead at 47

    Fabian Bielinsky, director of "Nine Queens" and "El Aura" has died, according to media reports. Reuters indicated in a report Thursday that the Argentine filmmaker died in Sao Paulo of a heart attack. His latest feature ("El Aura") is scheduled to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: Can Films Save The World? Talking "Chalk" and "Getting Down" In L.A.

    Asked to answer the title question during a Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat earlier this week -- Can Films Save The World? -- "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad said flatly, "no." Leading off the discussion by dismissing its concept altogether, the filmmaker added, "I didn't make the fil...

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