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    HDNet and Landmark to Offer "Extras" for Ticket Buyers

    Kicking off with the drama "The Architect" to be released December 1st in select cities, HDNet Films will offer "behind-the-scenes extras" with online ticket purchases for all of their releases. Moviegoers who buy a ticket to the film at a Landmark Theatres location via MovieTickets.com will be able to access deleted scenes, and download the film's entire score by Marcelo Zarvos ("Hollywoodland") in addition to other features. "We are always looking for ways to create incremental value and enhance the experience for movie fans," commented Mark Cuban in a statement. "This is an unprecedented offer that not only adds value, but also gives viewe...

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    Saluting a Maverick Filmmaker, Robert Altman: 1925 - 2006

    One month ago today, maverick filmmaker Robert Altman was at the Hamptons International Film Festival in Long Island, NY, reflecting upon his career behind the camera at a tribute in his honor. The 81-year-old American director walked on stage to a standing ovation at Guild Hall for the annual "A Co...

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    Robert Altman Dead at 81

    Five-time Academy Award-winning director Robert Altman has died. The maverick director, born in Kansas City, MO in 1925 and the force behind such seminal films as "M-A-S-H" (1970), "The Player," (1992), and "Gosford Park" (2001) passed away at a Los Angeles hospital, according to the Associated Pres...

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    "Beauty in Trouble" and "Kurt Cobain: About a Son" Take Top Denver Fest Prizes

    Acting a little bit as a dress rehearsal for next year's 30th edition, the 29th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) once again entertained and informed Denver locals and visitors alike with a program packed with films from all over the world and events of all shape and size. Over 200 films screened at...

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    "Bobby" To Open Dubai Fest; Other Galas on Tap

    Emilio Estevez' "Bobby" will open the 3rd annual Dubai International Film Festival, organizers announced Monday. The film will be one of a number of gala screenings set for the event. Written and directed by Estevez, the film looks at the hours leading up to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, tracking a number of different characters in the lead up to the fateful event. Other galas set for the United Arab Emirates event include the world premiere of Khaled Youssef's "Justified Cheating," which is described by organizers as the story of, "a young, rich man who kills his wife and his brother when he f...

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    "JailCity" and "For the Love of God" Take Best Avignon/New York Film Festival Prizes

    Daniel Eberle's "JailCity" received the '21st Century Filmmaker Award for Best U.S. Feature' at the 12th Avignon/New York Film Festival Sunday night, concluding this year's event featuring 23 features and 23 short films, panel discussions, filmmaker events, and special guests, John Turturro and Bob Rafelson. The closing night film was Turturro's latest directorial work, "Romance and Cigarettes." Zakia Tahri and Ahmed Bouchaala's "For the Love of God" (Pour L'amour de Dieu, France) won the festival's '21st Century Filmmaker Award for Best European Feature' prize, while Joshua Faudem's "Blues By The Beach" (USA/Israel) took the 'Pierre Salinger...

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    The 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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    Anchor Bay Scares Up Rights "Behind the Mask"

    Starz Media's Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all rights to Scott Glosserman's mocku-slasher "Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon, Mark Ward," vice president acquisitions, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced Monday. The film, which premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival will be largest theatrical release for Anchor Bay Entertainment, which specializes in the horror genre. The company will open the film in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2007. The film stars Nathan Baesel ("Invasion"), who plays the lead character, and Angela Goethals ("Spanglish"), as well as Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), Scott Wilson ("Junebug") and Zelda R...

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    DISPATCH FROM BRAZIL | Getting Bigger and Better, Mix Brasil Walks the Line Between Experimental and

    Turning 14 years old, the Mix Brasil Film and Video Festival of Sexual Diversity has grown from a fringe showing of alternative Brazilian cinema to a popular international queer film festival. Its flagship showing was Nov. 9-19 in Sao Paulo, but the event will also tour to Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi, ...

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    NY Times | The Master of Time: Wong Kar-wai in America

    On SoHo film set last August, Jude Law and Norah Jones were getting intimate. Repeatedly intimate. To be precise, they had kissed upwards of 150 times in the past three days. The occasion for this outbreak of passion was "My Blueberry Nights," the first English-language film by Wong Kar-wai, the maverick Hong Kong director turned avatar of cosmopolitan cool. This particular night was stifling as the crew spilled out of Palacinka, a small cafe on Grand Street that was the principal New York location, preparing for yet another take of the scene known as "the Kiss." The shot lasted less than a minute, but the number of permutations that Mr. Wong...

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