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    Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment Take "Out of the Blue"

    The Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment have co-acquired all North American rights to the controversial drama "Out of the Blue," which will be released though IFC's First Take day and date banner and hit theatres simultaneously with VOD. The Weinstein Company will be releasing the film on DVD through Genius Products, LLC. The joint announcement was made today by Michelle Krumm, EVP of acquisitions for The Weinstein Company and Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment President. Written by Graeme Tetley with director Robert Sarkies, the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is the true story of David G...

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    "Maxed Out" Set with Magnolia, Truly Indie and Red Envelope

    Magnolia Home Entertainment, Truly Indie and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to James Spurlock's South by Southwest Film Festival special jury prize winner "Maxed Out" for theatrical and DVD release, the companies announced Friday. Directed by Scurlock and edited by Alexis Spraic, the feature is a journey inside the American debt-style, where, according to a release, "things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time." The film shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and reveals why the poor are getting poo...

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    Kino International Picks "In the Pit" for January Release

    Juan Carlos Rulfo's Mexican doc "In the Pit," which won the Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival has been picked up by Kino International the company announced Friday. The film, which will be released in January, 2007, is described as an "in-depth and remarkably candid portrait of the workers who built the Second Deck of Mexico City's inner Periferico freeway. Although a major architectural structure, the most impressive information about this elevated freeway is the sheer number of lives that it impacts." After opening in New York and Los Angeles, Kino will expand the film to further cities. [Brian Br...

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    Scorsese and Affleck Join Next Generation of Film programs

    Martin Scorsese and Ben Affleck will take part in the last two installments of "The Next Generation of Film" program, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce. Scorsese will take part in an onstage conversation on November 27 and a screening of "Hollywoodland" and onstage discussion with Affleck ...

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    FIRST PERSON | Jeff Lipsky on "Flannel Pajamas"-and the "Most Important Relationship" that Inspired

    [This is the latest in a regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com. Octob...

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    SF Chronicle: Early Buzz on Oscars

    Kowtowing to young audiences, who prefer watching stuff blow up to following nuanced stories, major studios are finding it increasingly difficult to rack up Oscar nominations. The lion's share of them may wind up going to "Babel," "The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland," "Little Children," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Illusionist"--all smaller films that opened in limited release and have been marketed to sophisticated filmgoers. One encouraging trend this year is the number of strong performances by women. The playing field may get really crowded next month with the openings of "Blood Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "The Good German" and "The Go...

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    Aspen Filmfest Re-christened "Aspen Film"

    Film arts organization Aspen Filmfest is changing its name to Aspen Film. The official change will debut during the group's upcoming "Academy Screenings" series (December 18 - January 1), which will spotlight "anticipated" features and documentaries leading up to the Academy Award season. According to the organization, the move to Aspen Film will "distinguish the year-round parent organization from its seasonal events including Aspen Shortsfest, Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings and summerFILMS, as well as numerous educational programs. Individual event and program names will not be altered. "We are nearing our 30th year as a thriving organi...

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    The Guardian Interview: Isabelle Huppert

    She has played a repressed spinster, a bisexual bohemian and a nymphomaniac nun. But her latest role could top even that. Even if she is nothing like the fearsomely unhinged characters she regularly plays, Isabelle Huppert is quite a scary prospect. As an actor, she is dauntingly accomplished--rarel...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Dance Party," "Fast Food," "Piano Tuner," "Consideration," "Pajamas," "Who the $#%&

    Director Richard Linklater returns to the big screen with "Fast Food Nation" Friday. The fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-selling non-fiction book of the same name is a look at the industrialization of food, starring Wilmer Valderrama, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Greg Kinnear. "I think ...

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    South Africa movie industry must tap talent pool: Morgan Freeman

    American movie hotshots have advised South African filmmakers to stop taking their cue from abroad, saying talent and inspiration were the key ingredients to a winning recipe. "If you talk to a lot of people in the business, particularly among the talent pool, many of them come from disadvantaged ar...

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