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    Sundance '06 Lineup Coming Soon...

    Sundance Film Festival organizers will unveil the feature film lineup for the 2006 event early this week. Planners intend to reveal the American and World Competition films on Tuesday, November 29th at 1:00 a.m. ET, followed by the announcement of the Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight lineups on Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 a.m. ET. On Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 a.m. ET, the Premiere's Feature Film list is scheduled to be unveiled. The festival's short film lineup will be released on Monday, December 5th, according to festival organizers. indieWIRE will have comprehensive coverage of the announcements when they are official...

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    Ten Months After A Sundance '05 Debut, Duplass Brothers Keep Driving "The Puffy Chair"

    In about a week, organizers will unveil the list of some 120 new feature films that will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. While the January festival will usher in a fresh new crop of American indie films hoping to secure distribution, a handful of worthy features from Sundance '05 are stil...

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    "Kissed By Winter" "Refugee All Stars" "Tsotsi" and "C.R.A.Z.Y." Honored as AFI Fest Concludes

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival capped off its 2005 edition with an awards ceremony atop the Hollywood ArcLight parking structure at the event's festival village, awarding Norway's "Kissed by Winter" its grand jury prize in the international feature competition, while the audience aw...

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    DISPATCH FROM L.A.: Four-Letter Word Film Explores the Etymology of an Expletive

    A provocative new documentary premiering at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival this week has a title too racy to be listed on the large digital marquee inside Hollywood's Arclight cinemas. Yet, movie tickets here at AFI Fest boldly proclaim its title: "Fuck." The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding free expression in this country are among the topics explored in Steve Anderson's new film. Through animated segments by Bill Plympton, and conversations with late author Hunter S. Thompson, filmmaker Kevin Smith, critic Michael Medved,...

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    DISPATCH FROM L.A.: Hoping for Oscar Attention, A Trio of Foreign Language Titles Win Over Audiences

    This year's AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, screening ten foreign-language titles submitted for Oscar consideration, includes a trio of titles that in the first half of the event have each been a hit with festivalgoers. Marc Ruthermond's "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days" and Gavin Hood's "Tsotsi were popular over the festival's first weekend and over the past two days, crowds have embraced Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y." Other foreign submissions to the Academy Awards(R) playing at this year's AFI Fest include France's "Merry Christmas" (Joyeux Noel), Georgia's "Tblisis-Tblisi," Hungary's "Fateless," Israel's "What a Wonderful Pl...

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    Gigolos in Hollywood

    A Guardian Unlimited blog post by Jon Morrison from Punk Cinema (producers of the "The Gigolos") in the U.K. details the early reactions to their AFI Fest debut, and has the filmmakers chasing Paris Hilton and Andy Garcia in Hollywood:"Improvised publicity moment" is one way of describing our behavi...

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    AP: "Housewives" Come out for "Transamerica"

    Emmy winner Felicity Huffman got by with a little help from her "Desperate Housewives" friends at the Hollywood premiere of her big-screen headlining debut in "Transamerica." Screened Sunday night at AFI Fest 2005, the dark comedy appears to be on the Oscar fast-track, with wide praise for Huffman's...

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    For U.S. Buyers at AFM (and AFI Fest), Not A Lot of Dealmaking But Still Announcements to Make

    Buyers from American distribution companies have been taking meetings, popping in and out of screenings, and power-lunching in Southern California for the past few days, but most have stayed well west of the 405 Freeway, mingling and networking in Santa Monica with European, Asian, and Latin America...

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    "Farce of the Penguins"...THINKFilm Says Yes

    An insider commenting on a press release received today by indieWIRE doubted that it was legit, but here it is...THINKFilm has announced the acquisition of a new movie dubbed "Farce of the Penguins." The movie, by Bob Saget (featured in "The Aristocrats" and star of "Full House"), is described as "comedic adventure that will combine spectacular and heartwarming wildlife photography with an irreverent and decidedly R-rated theme and soundtrack." In the spirit of his voiceovers from "America's Funniest Home Videos," Saget will give life to penguins images after coming up with the idea "organically" -- "I was watching the "March" movie at a scre...

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    AFI Fest 2005: It Takes a Village

    The Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood will be a bustle of activity starting Thursday night with a gala screening of James Mangold's "Walk the Line" from 20th Century Fox, kicking off the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, including a slate of 92 features and 35 shorts. Films, of course,...

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