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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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    ROTTERDAM '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Malaysian Cinema Steps Into Spotlight at Rotterdam Fest

    Instead of the usual trio of winners, the Tiger Awards at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam went to four films. One can only assume this reflected a jury impasse as opposed to a surfeit of quality. Many here seemed to agree that this was not the finest year for the Tiger competition,...

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    "Wordplay" Team Tackling U.S. Debt in New Doc

    "Wordplay" creators Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley have set their sights on a new documentary subject, namely the United States federal debt. Through their O'Malley Creadon Productions, the filmmakers are set to begin a new movie on the subject, produced by Open Sky Entertainment. In the words of an announcement, "the new documentary will examine the ever-expanding U.S. federal debt and its implications for the nation's future." It will be loosely based on the writings of Bill Bonner, Addison Wiggin, and Kate Incontrera, who are editors of the financial newsletter The Daily Reckoning. Creadon will write and direct the documentary, wit...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT: "The Art of the Fight," "The Champion Inside," "The Guitar," "A Simple Love Story

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    The Box Office Top Ten So Far

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the three day weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. W...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Heidenreich Leaves Cinetic

    After six-and-a-half years at the company, Erin Heidenreich is leaving Cinetic Media. She began working with John Sloss when the unit was still known as Sloss Special Projects. Heidenreich's last day at Cinetic was Friday. Asked to characterize her departure, she explained that she decided to take a...

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    Santa Barbara International Film Festival | Celebs Out in Force for 2007 Edition

    "Who am I going to get next year, the pope?" joked Roger Durling, leaning on the wall of the Metro Theater in downtown Santa Barbara on the last Friday of his ten day film festival, a few hours after getting reports that his honoree that evening, one Al Gore, was not only nominated for an Academy Aw...

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    ROTTERDAM '07 | Cinemart, A Vital Stop on Int'l Fest Circuit, Champions Diversity

    The curtain fell on the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) over the weekend. By Friday morning the business areas of the festival took on that all too familiar "ghost town" feeling that veteran fest goers know is coming but never truly get used to. With CineMart over, more than 800 pe...

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    PARK CITY '07 BIZ WRAP | 15 Films For $50 Million: "Sunshine" Dreams Spark Sundance Deals

    Fox Searchlight's North American rights deal for John Carney's "Once," considered the sleeper hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival, capped a wave of deals from the festival as buyers now prepare to make their way to Berlin this week for the increasingly important European Film Market. While som...

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    Scorsese Wins DGA Prize

    Scorsese Wins DGA Prize At the annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night, Martin Scorsese was awarded the best director of the year prize from the Directors Guild of America, for his latest feature "The Departed" (according to Reuters). Scorsese bested Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), and Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu ("Babel"), making him a front-runner for the Academy Award for best director. In the Oscar race, he is facing Frears, Innarritu, Clint Eastwood ("Letters from Iwo Jima"), and Paul Greengrass ("United 93"). Already this season, Scorsese has ...

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