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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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    Palm Springs International Film Festival to Fete Pollack, Winslet and Field

    The 18th Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Sydney Pollack with its 'Patron of the Arts Award,' Kate Winslet with the 'Desert Palm Achievement Award' and Todd Field with the 'Sonny Bono Visionary Award' at the festival's annual awards gala. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at an event in New York, hosted by Gotham Magazine. The awards gala, which will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will also honor Adam Beach and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight"'s Mary Hart. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will host the award to Pollack, which is given to a person w...

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    "Perfume" and "Venus" Bookent Seventh Santa Fe Film Festival

    The Santa Fe Film Festival has unveiled its 7th edition roster for its event taking place December 6-10 with 200 films slated. Tom Tykwer's "Perfume: Story of a Murderer" starring Dustin Hoffman will open the fest, while Roger Michell's "Venus" will close the event. Chris Noonan's "Miss Potter," starring Renee Zellweger as children’s author Beatrix Potter will screen as the centerpiece on December 8. New this year is a full partnership with National Geographic's 'All Road's Film Project,' showcasing a complement of about 35 films made by indigenous artists from around the world. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, and National Geogr...

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    REVIEW | Hard Lessons: Nicolas Hytner's "The History Boys"

    What was evidently innovative on stage has become turgid and rote onscreen: Nicolas Hytner's big-screen adaptation of Alan Bennett's wildly praised, Tony-winning "The History Boys" is, as will be noted even in positive reviews, saddled with clumsy musical cues, dreadful montages of frolicking, and o...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Reasons to be Thankful: Ten Dazzling Short Film DVDs

    As the holiday season fast approaches, short film aficionados should be saying grace and giving thanks for the bounty laid out for mass consumption. While everyone can enjoy the never-ending feast of mini-movies available online, true connoisseurs will want to devour the latest offerings on DVD. An...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: "Volver," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Half Nelson," and even "Inland Empire," C

    For a few hours the past two weeks, at busy Hollywood, CA intersections, director David Lynch sat on a folding chair flanked by a live cow and a banner hyping Laura Dern's performance in his new film, "Inland Empire". Nearby, a week ago, filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu dropped by the plush Arc...

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    Rosefelt Returns with New Consulting Service

    Recently announced was the return to PR work by veteran Reid Rosefelt. The former president of boutique firm Magic Lantern, Rosefelt has announced the launch of a new consulting business for filmmakers in need of PR services. As Rosefelt recently explained, he is targeting filmmakers who are unable to secure publicists for festivals or self-distribution. In a statement this week, Rosefelt said:"It's very expensive to hire a publicist for Sundance and even filmmakers who have the money aren't able to get one for various reasons. I'm trying to fill that void. I won't go to Sundance with them, but I can help them do a better job on their own....

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