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    Looking Back at '06: Music and Politics Dominate Documentaries

    2006 spawned a wealth of excellent documentary films, a high percentage of which dealt with either matters of music or politics--and many even combined the two themes. But high quality and critical praise did not necessarily translate into huge box office numbers. Four of the year's most lauded musi...

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    The Guardian: Why the Life of Brian beats The Passion of The Christ

    It's easy to be cynical about self-proclaimedly 'Christian' movies when even Rupert Murdoch is getting in on the act, with the 'Fox Faith' distribution label hawking films with 'overt Christian context or derived from the work of a Christian author.' In God-fearing America, video ads for the film "T...

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    The Top Tens from The Times

    You know its top ten season once The New York Times weighs in...Writers of the most important daily film criticism in this country, the paper's critics offer their top tens in Sunday's edition. Lead critic A.O. Scott, on his top ten list, named Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" his top film o...

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    Oscar Nomination Ballots to be Mailed December 26

    Nomination ballots for the 79th Academy Awards will be mailed today Tuesday, December 26 to the 5,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2007. Ballots received after the de...

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    AFP: Japan's Avex to invest in China's priciest film

    Japanese entertainment group Avex Group Holdings has said it will invest in John Woo's "Battle of Red Cliff," which is set to be China's most expensive ever film. Avex, a music label that has expanded its business to movies, said it would invest 20 million dollars with China's Chengtian Entertainmen...

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    AP: Southeast critics: "Departed" best film

    "The Departed" and its director, Martin Scorsese, won top honors from the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Roles as rulers brought the best actor award to Forest Whitaker, who portrays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," and the best actress award to Helen Mirren, who pla...

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    Lazarescu Tops indieWIRE Critics Poll

    A total of 107 film critics were surveyed and the complete results of the indieWIRE Critics Poll were released this morning here at indieWIRE.com. As Dennis Lim writes in his lead article:The chatter in film circles this year seemed repeatedly to touch on the relative dearth of truly exciting films, or--since those in our profession are not exactly immune to hyperbole--on the irreversible decline and looming death of film culture, film criticism, film distribution, and even film viewing. It's only fitting then that our No. 1 movie is about a decrepit old timer's grim passage into oblivion. "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," Romanian director Crist...

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    AP: EU approves German movie subsidies

    The European Union on Thursday approved German subsidies totaling 180 million euros ($240 million) for its movie industry, officials said. The subsidies will back feature length movies, documentaries and cartoons. The aid is approved until 2010. AP reports.

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    Reuters: Judge dismisses suit against Michael Moore

    A U.S. federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by an Iraq war veteran who claimed filmmaker Michael Moore used the veteran's image without permission in the anti-war documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." The film showed Iraq war veteran Sgt. Peter Damon, who had lost his right arm near the shoulder and much...

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    Globe and Mail: Toronto Critics Love "The Queen"

    Stephen Frears' "The Queen" took five in the annual Toronto Film Critics Association awards, announced yesterday, taking honors for best picture, best female performance (Helen Mirren), best supporting male performance (Michael Sheen) and best screenplay (Peter Morgan). The film looks to be a surefi...

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