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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Thinking Globally, Linde and Universal Look To International Filmmakers

    "I am not that indie film guy anymore," quipped Universal Studios co-chairman David Linde on Wednesday in Germany where he is heading into his twentieth annual Berlin International Film Festival (but his first as the head of a Hollywood studio). The remark came during a brief post-lunch keynote at the intimate Screen International European Film Finance Summit on the eve of the Berlinale here in the German capital. Just one day after his first NBC Universal board meeting back in New York, and nearly one year after leaving his job atop Focus Features, Linde spotlighted a major effort at his studio right now, namely an expansion into local co-pr...

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    SXSW '07 | 61 World Premieres Set for 2007 Fest in Austin; Frank's "The Lookout" Opens March Event

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival unveiled the feature lineup for its upcoming 14th edition, with 110 films slated for the fest's diverse sections over nine days. The increasingly important U.S. film festival and conference precedes the popular SXSW Music gathering in Austin...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Catching Up: 90+ Articles About Sundance '07 & Ten Video Episodes

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its reporting early this week. Our coverage of Park City '07 includes more than 90 articles about Sundance and Slamdance 2007, featuring news, buzz, reviews, interviews, video episodes, iPOP...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Black vs. White: "Banished" Opens Up Thorny Reparations Debate

    With Iraq documentaries all the rage, it's refreshing to come across an old-fashioned nonfiction piece that sets its lacerating sights not "over there," but right here at home, in the heartland and neighborhoods of America. In another revealing account of racial injustice in the U.S. of A., director...

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    AFP: World War II, globalization in focus at star-studded Berlinale

    Next month's Berlin International Film Festival will be a star-studded showcase of movies on the impact of globalization and the ongoing struggle to come to terms with the horrors of World War II, its director has told AFP. Dieter Kosslick said in an interview ahead of the February 8 to 18 event tha...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The Girl Couldn't Help It: David Stenn's "Girl 27"

    My favorite David Stenn book is "Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow," a wonderful look at Hollywood's first blonde sex symbol and the dark and tragic circumstances regarding her too-short life. Insights about early Hollywood, sex scandals and ruthless exploitation by studio executives are similar themes in another Stenn book, the equally wonderful "Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild." Everything I enjoy about Stenn's writings can be found in his debut documentary, "Girl 27," a fascinating investigation into a late 1930s sex scandal involving MGM. In 1937, at a MGM sales convention, 17-year-old dancer Patricia Douglas was raped at a convention ...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Andrew Wagner

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the last of indieWIRE's Park City interviews with over forty competition filmmakers from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the same ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | New York Shuffle: Alfredo de Villa's: "Adrift in Manhattan"

    The intersecting lives that amble throughout "Adrift in Manhattan," director Alfredo de Villa's good-natured but forgettable New York street life drama include a young Latino named Simon (Victor Rasuk) who snaps photographs of just about everyone he meets. One person in particular captures his attention. Rose (Heather Graham), an eye doctor, first appears on a Manhattan park bench wearing a pretty scarf that contrasts with her sour facial expression. Rose is separated from her husband Mark (William Baldwin) for reasons described in a flashback involving their infant son late into the movie. By the time Rose and Simon meet face-to-face, in an ...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Survivors' Tales: Steven Okazaki's "White Light/Black Rain"

    World War II events as infamous as the attack of Pearl Harbor are Aug, 6 and 9, 1945; the days the United States dropped atom bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombings not only ended the War in the Pacific but pushed mankind into the nuclear age. How to tackle a story this humong...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The President's Analyst: Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight"

    An acquaintance working at a conservative daily newspaper used to tell me that when President Bill Clinton was in office, they had a corporate mandate to choose the worst possible photos whenever running a story about him. The point was to make Clinton look like a fool. Filmmaker Charles Ferguson mu...

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