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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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    AFP: S Korea announces plan to bolster film industry

    South Korea has announced a $665 million growth plan for its film industry amid complaints the government has hurt homegrown filmmakers by allowing in too many foreign movies. The package, including an ambitious proposal to build theatres abroad that show South Korean films exclusively, was announce...

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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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    The Guardian: Cinematic bombshell from Kim

    It's the runaway film sensation of the summer, it comes direct from one of the world's most secretive and repressive dictatorships - and it is heading for a screen near you. "The Schoolgirl's Diary," which recounts an ordinary North Korean teenager's aspirations for a better life, is the first film from the state to be sold to a Western distributor for decades. Despite the fact that North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il - a well-known film buff - advised on the script, its natural style is said to be very different from former North Korean classics such as "Sea of Blood," "Flames Spreading Over the Land" and "The Path to Awakening." James ...

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    AWARDS WATCH: IFP Unveils Gotham Nominees: "The Departed," "Half Nelson," "Little Children," "Marie

    The Independent Feature Project (IFP) announced the nominees for its 16th Annual Gotham Awards fundraiser, unveiling a selection of films that may stun some observers. The nominating committee for the Gotham Award for best picture chose a list that includes an incredibly wide spectrum of films. Rang...

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    AP: African films find audience in Hollywood

    The title of the latest film out of Africa -- "Catch a Fire" -- might describe what's happening with cinema on the continent. African moviemaking has caught a fire. International filmmakers have found stories they want to tell there. Hollywood has taken an interest in serious films set in Africa. Ho...

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    "Exile" to Open 10th Toronto Reel Asian Fest

    The North American premiere of Patrick Tam's "After This, Our Exile" will open the 10th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival taking place November 15 - 19. On tap are 76 titles from 17 countries, inclucing 15 world, one international and three North American debuts. Closing the festival ar...

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    IFC Gets New Von Trier Film

    Lars Von Trier's latest, the Danish comedy "Boss of It All," has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. The company is planning a Spring 2007 release via its IFC First Take day-and-date label. Produced by Vibeke Windelov, Meta Foldagers and Von Trier's Zentropa Entertainment, the film was written by Von Trier and stars Danish actors Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Louise Mieritz, Iben Hjejle, Mia Lyhne, Henrik Prip and Casper Christensen. In an announcement, IFC described the film as: A comedy about the owner of an IT firm who wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company pre...

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