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    With National Pride At Stake, Foreign Language Films Compete For Oscar Glory

    Think it's Oscar season? For foreign language films, the campaigning actually began months ago -- when the deadline to submit paperwork for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar dropped October 3. Out of 91 entries, a record-breaking 58 countries made the cut (newbies include Costa Rica, Fiji and Ira...

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    Albert Brooks' "Muslim" Film Set to Debut in Dubai

    Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," which was dropped by Sony (apparently due to its title) and then picked up by Warner Independent will have its world premiere next month at the second Dubai International Film Festival (December 11 - 17). Organizers said in an announcement today that the decision to screen the movie underscores their goal of building cultural bridges through film. Brooks' film is described as the story of a U.S. comedian (played by Brooks) "sent to India and Pakistan by the US government, with the express intention of finding out what makes the more than 300 million Muslims in the region laugh." Warner ...

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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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    "Mad Hot Ballroom" Selected for Gotham Prize; Undistributed Film Nominees Unveiled

    "Mad Hot Ballroom" will be honored with a special Celebrate New York prize at the 15th Annual Gotham Awards, according to the Independent Feature Project, which also unveiled nominees for the first "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" Award. Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell's film debuted at t...

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    As Expected, Paramount Officially Names Lesher New Head of Specialty Division

    Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey officially named John Lesher as president of the studio's specialty film label currently known as Paramount Classics, replacing the company's co-chiefs Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein, who announced their departure early last month. Lesher joins Paramou...

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    THINKFilm and Starz Entertainment Group Collaborate on Slasher Film Doc

    THINKFilm distributor and Starz Entertainment Group have just announced their decision to team up for the creation of a new documentary, "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film," which will be directed by Jeff McQueen and produced by Candy Heart Productions. The film will be based on...

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    For U.S. Buyers at AFM (and AFI Fest), Not A Lot of Dealmaking But Still Announcements to Make

    Buyers from American distribution companies have been taking meetings, popping in and out of screenings, and power-lunching in Southern California for the past few days, but most have stayed well west of the 405 Freeway, mingling and networking in Santa Monica with European, Asian, and Latin America...

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    Magnolia Pictures Launches Home Entertainment Division

    New York-based Magnolia Pictures is officially launching its own home video division the company announced today, revealing the slate for the new unit. The division, called Magnolia Home Entertainment, is headed by home entertainment industry vet Randy Wells who served as vice president of home ente...

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    THINKFilm Takes "The Boys of Baraka" to Theaters

    THINKFilm has acquired theatrical rights to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's doc "The Boys of Baraka." They will roll it out with an initial two-week run at New York's Film Forum beginning November 30. The doc focuses on a group of boys from the tough streets of inner city Baltimore who leave home to ...

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    Lesher Landing at Paramount

    It won't be a surprise if/when Paramount announces Thursday that they have hired John Lesher to run the specialty division at the studio. Confirming what David Poland's Movie City News has been saying for some time now, Anne Thompson in the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Gardner in Variety, and David Halbfinger in the New York Times are all reporting that Lesher is in. While none cite sources on the record, it sounds like a done deal. Thompson's story in the Reporter is particuarly insightful, saying that the studio will change the name of the company when Lesher replaces David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale. Sounds to us like a (very) lowercase "indi...

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