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    iW NEWS | The Edge and Echo Bridge Form Alliance

    Arriving at Cannes with nearly $100 million in new productions, Echo Bridge Entertainment has expanded considerably since its formation in 2003. Formed by Michael Alexander, Michael Rosenblatt and Lucie Salhany, the company has positioned itself by acquiring six to ten theatrical feature films per ...

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    iW NEWS | Award Winning Short Filmmaker to Direct New Zealand Feature

    New Zealand backed film "The Strength of Water" will be directed by award winning short film director Armagan Ballantyne, it was announced in Cannes today. Hopscotch has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights for the film about a young boy who finds his own way of dealing with an unexpected trag...

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    iW NEWS | Mischa Barton Joins Cast of "St. Trinian's," Rights Sold in Germany and Benelux Territorie

    Ealing Studios announced today that they have sold the German and Benelux rights to the British comedy "St. Trinian's," which will be produced and directed by Oliver Parker ("The Importance of Being Earnest") and Barnaby Thompson ("An Ideal Husband.") The story about schoolgirls who attempt to pull off a heist to save their school for 'young ladies' is newly set to star Mischa Barton (TV's "The O.C."), joining the ranks of others such as Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. The film has already commenced with principal photography on location in and around London and is the first of three films, including "From Time to Time" and "I Want Candy," br...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Fest Poster Boy, WKW, Set for Cannes Close-Up; New Market Faces; IETFF

    Typically quiet Cannes in the South of France perked up on Monday and Tuesday as workers with trucks and cranes placed signage, banners and large movie billboards along the Croisette in time for Wednesday's opening night. The Festival de Cannes is set to kick-off its 2007 edition with Wong Kar-wai's "My Blueberry Nights," the anticipated English language debut from the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker who is such a favorite of the festival that his image -- arms held high -- graces the Cannes poster this year (and a still from his "In the Mood for Love" served as last year's poster). On a warm Tuesday afternoon, Wong walked along the Croisette, se...

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    iW NEWS | DocFactory Sets Second Project

    DocFactory, the new documentary film production company founded to champion and produce films focusing on world issues, has announced their second project, "News For Sale." "Sale" presents the state of American news media industry, expressing a drastic need for reform. Rules for media ownership ha...

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    iW NEWS | Heading to Cannes, Meistrich Launches Nesht

    Shooting Gallery and Film Movement founder Larry Meistrich has launched Nehst Media Enterprises, a new film production, financing and distribution company. He will head the outfit with Ari D. Friedman and the two will be in Cannes with their new company. Nehst Media, pronounced "next" (from the old English spelling of Next), is aimed at producing everything from feature films and television to web content and other "unique spin off products and services," in the words of an annoucement by Meistrich. Joining Meistrich and Friedman on the Nehst team are producer Dana Offenbach, president of the production group, former Miramax and Focus Feature...

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    CANNES '07 | Festival Hot List: 10 Foreign-Language Films to Watch For in Cannes

    With the 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival just days away, cinephiles and industryites the world over are preparing for a new round of the best movies from around the globe. But there's a curious trend at this year's special anniversary event: a preponderance of Hollywood and American indie c...

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    iW NEWS | Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" to Open Toronto

    The 2007 Toronto International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" on September 6th. Based on Anne Michaels bestselling novel, "Fugitive Pieces" tells the story of a man (Stephen Dillane) "whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during the Second World War." The film also features Rade Sherbedgia, Rosamund Pike, Ayelet Zurer, Robbie Kay, Ed Stoppard, Rachelle Lefevre, and Nina Dobrev. "From screening his short films, to his first feature "Eclipse," to "The Five Senses," the Festival is proud to have supported Jeremy's career and extraordinary talent over the years," said Toronto Int...

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    SF INT'L '07 | "The Violin" and "Souvenirs" Among Top Golden Gate Award Winners at SFIFF 50

    Mexican director Francisco Vargas Quevedo's "The Violin" (El violin) won the San Francisco International Film Festival's Skyy Prize, while Israeli duo Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat's "Souvenirs" took best documentary feature (West Coast premiere), capping the Golden Gate Awards ceremony Wednesday eve...

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    LA FILM FEST '07 | "Talk To Me" and "Sunshine" Bookend LA Fest; 19 Films Set for Competition

    Kasi Lemmons' "Talk To Me" will open Film Independent's 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st. The film, from Focus Features, stars Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Martin Sheen and Film Independent's Board of Directors president Vondie Curtis Hall. It is described as "the funny, dramatic, and inspiring real-life story of Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene (Cheadle), an outspoken ex-con who talked his way into becoming an iconic radio personality in the 1960s in Washington, D.C. Lemmons, the secretary of FIND's board, is also married to actor Vondie Curtis Hall. The festival will close on July...

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