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    Cruise and Wagner to Relaunch United Artists

    MGM's legendary United Artists label will return with Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner at the helm, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. chairman and CEO Harry E. Sloan announced today. In the wake of ending their long relationship with Paramount, Wagner will serve as CEO of the new UA and she and Cruise will maintain a substantial ownership of the unit and control the company's production slate of about four films per year. The output may increase in the future according to an announcement, which added, "The talent friendly studio will be reborn as a place where producers, writers, directors and actors can thrive in a creative environme...

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    AFI Fest Set for '06 Event

    AFI Fest 2006, the Los Angeles International Film Festival from the American Film Institute, kicks off tonight (Wednesday) in Los Angeles. As Christy Lemire wrote in the Associated Press earlier today, "In a city where people leave to see movies -- and see and be seen -- at film festivals around the...

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    EDITORS NOTE: New Movie Reviews from indieWIRE

    An announcement from indieWIRE: To more fully cover the large number of releases each week, indieWIRE launches a new approach to film reviews, effective November 1. Continuing our collaboration with critics from Reverse Shot, we will now publish dozens of individual movie reviews each month (with ad...

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    REVIEW | Coming Around: Pedro Almodovar's "Volver"

    Count me in the minority, but it wasn't until "Volver" that I really began taking Pedro Almodovar seriously as an artist. Almodovar the high stylist is inarguably on display in "All About My Mother" and "Talk to Her," but both films, for all their scandalous dealings, felt far too eager to please, e...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Mark Becker, director of "Romantico"

    Hailed by indieWIRE as one of the ten best films of 2005 without U.S. distribution, Mark Becker's acclaimed documentary "Romantico" is hitting theaters nearly two years after the filmmaker first got the call that his movie would debut at the '05 Sundance Film Festival. On indieWIRE's best undistribu...

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    "Babel" Bounces To The Top of the BOT; "Queen" Continues Reign

    Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Paramount Vantage-released "Babel," a multi-character omnibus drama about the state of the world today, got off to an exceedingly strong start by finishing first on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films with a $...

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    DISPATCH FROM BRAZIL: At 30 Years, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival Celebrates Its Legacy

    How fitting that the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, or the "Mostra" (short for Mostra Internacional de Cinema), celebrated its landmark 30th year as Brazilians went to the polls to elect their next president. (Lula was re-elected on Sunday.) On opening night on October 19 in the Auditorio do...

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    IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights to "My Best Friend"

    IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Toronto International Film Festival gala title "My Best Friend" by French director Patrice Leconte, starring Daniel Auteuil. Auteuil portrays Francois, an arrogant antique dealer who is confronted by the fact that those closest to him do not like him. His business partner bets him a Greek vase that he cannot find a single person that truly calls him a friend, so Francois meets and asks a likable taxi driver, Bruno, to teach him how to be lovable. IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, and the company's Elizabeth Nastro and Ryan Werner negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton on behalf o...

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    CBC: Tokyo Film Fest Announces Prize Winners

    Canadian Roy Dupuis has captured the best actor prize at the 19th annual Tokyo International Film Festival for his portrayal of hockey legend Maurice Richard in the movie "The Rocket." The festival handed out its awards Sunday night, honouring the art house comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" with two tro...

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    NY Times: From an Idea by Kubrick, a New Film May Be Born

    Stanley Kubrick never threw anything away. On the other hand, he didn't have much of a filing system, and when he moved--permanently, it turned out--from Hollywood to London in 1962, a great many things went astray. Among them was the sole copy of a film treatment called "Lunatic at Large," which Mr...

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