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    H'Wood Reporter: Clooney, Coens reunite for third movie

    George Clooney is reteaming with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen for their third film together, "Burn After Reading," a spy caper about a CIA agent who loses the disc of the book he is writing. The film will mark a more comedic take on the world of spooks than Clooney's recent Oscar-winning dramatic ...

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    Reuters: For "Babel" director, pictures tell the story

    If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, then movie audiences should easily be able to grasp the challenging story in "Babel" even though it is told in Arabic, English, Spanish, Japanese and even sign language. "Babel," starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday wi...

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    DISPATCH FROM INDIANA: Faith is in the spotlight at Heartland Film Festival

    Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke would never have been invited to Indianapolis' Heartland Film Festival for her acclaimed coming-of-age drama "thirteen" although its messages of a wayward teenage girl's self-improvement and learning to make good choices would fit under the Heartland Film Festival banne...

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    Producer Bergstein Acquires ThinkFilm

    Film financier and producer David Bergstein announced today a deal to acquire ThinkFilm, the five year old Toronto and New York based film distributor. Bergstein also recently acquired Capitol Films, the leading European production, financing, and sales company. A statement issued today said, "The combination of these two highly regarded entities creates a worldwide distribution apparatus and furthers the growth aspirations of both entities." In a statement, company president and CEO Jeff Sackman said, "We look forward to a bright and successful future. Today's transaction will enable THINKFilm to expand even further and faster, giving us ext...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Barbara Kopple, co-director of "Shut Up & Sing"

    Barbara Kopple is anything but a stranger to the world of documentary film, having accomplished notoriety in the genre, directing "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1977. Kopple again took the Oscar for best doc (shared with Arthur Cohn) in 1991 for ...

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    "The Queen" Maintains One-month Jubilee Atop the Box office; Studio Fare Takes Toll

    Miramax's "The Queen" maintained its first-place finish on the indieWIRE Box Office Table (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films for a fourth straight week with a per-location average of $15,253. But the drop-off was severe after that - Seventh Art Releasing's release of Stanley Nelson's documentar...

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    Reuters: CNN, NPR will not promote Bush assassination movie

    Major U.S. news outlets CNN and National Public Radio will not air paid ads or sponsor announcements for a controversial movie depicting the assassination of President George W. Bush, citing the film's content, network spokeswomen said on Tuesday. The movie, "Death of a President," caused a stir at ...

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    Will Smith to Receive "Modern Master" Kudos at Santa Barbara Fest

    Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith will be this year's recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's "Modern Master Award," SBIFF executive director Roger Durling announced recently. "Will Smith has proven at an early age that he's a force to be reckoned with in the film industry --he's...

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    SF360 Interview: "The Bridge" Filmmaker Eric Steel

    It's surprisingly rare for documentary filmmakers to take on suicide, depression and mental illness, which makes Eric Steel's "The Bridge" notable right off the bat... Shortly after he started his own company in 2003, Steel came across a piece in the New Yorker by Tad Friend entitled "Jumpers: The Fatal Grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge." Almost immediately, he began work on "The Bridge." The film had its local premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past spring, and, with the film opening this Friday in the Bay Area, Steel returned to town a few weeks ago to talk about crossing lines that most filmmakers don't approac...

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    The Guardian: Choruses of disapproval at London Film Festival

    Popular music and politics have shared a long, often turbulent history. "From Strange Fruit," the anti-lynching song made famous by Billie Holiday, the civil rights hymn "We Shall Overcome," to the Specials' hit "Free Nelson Mandela," musicians have frequently proved irksome to governments by drawin...

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