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    NY Times: Oscar Town East

    Films may be produced and made in Hollywood, but come October and November the center of gravity shifts, and they are remade in the crucible of New York. With just 600 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in New York, compared with about 4,000 in Los Angeles, the city might see...

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    Almodovar Returns to the Top of the Box office with "Volver"

    Sony Pictures Classics' belief that Spain's Pedro Almodovar has become America's most well-known European director since Fellini received plenty of filmgoer support last weekend, as "Volver" topped this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) by averaging just under $40,000 from its five...

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    LA Times: A film fest for the right

    This weekend Michael Moore followers will have to take a backseat to Michael Medved fans, thanks to the third annual Liberty Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Pacific Design Center. The festival is the brainchild of Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty, husband-and-wife film devotees who are on a...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Set Oscar Shorts Release

    Magnolia Pictures and leading short film company Shorts International will again partner to bring Academy Award nominated live action and animated short films to U.S. theatres prior to the February 25, 2007 Oscar ceremony. The films will later be available through Magnolia's Home Entertainment division and across other platforms that include ShortsTV on mobile phones. In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonnn Bowles said in a statement:We were extremely excited with how the Academy Shorts performed for us last year. Making them available before the actual ceremony made all of the difference. If you want to get a leg up on your office pool,...

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    Gore, Whitaker and Guggenheim to Receive Santa Barbara Fest Honors

    Actor Forest Whitaker will be honored with the American Riviera Award, while former Vice President Al Gore and "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim will be the recipients of the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, taking place January 25th - February 4th. As previously announced, Will Smith will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award. "Whitaker is one of the most consummate actors working in Cinema today, and we are ecstatic to be able to celebrate his entire career," commented SBIFF director Roger Durling in a statement. "As far as Gore and Gu...

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    REVIEW | A Close Shave: Steven Shainberg's "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"

    If Diane Arbus is an artist whose work has held any importance for you, then here's the good news that accompanies the release of "Fur," starring Nicole Kidman as the late photographer: none of Arbus's photos ever get dragged onscreen, and Kidman's hazy, de-Semitized performance is such a disconnect...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: The Lure of Hollywood: Art and Commerce at AFM & AFI

    An actor from a successful indie film is paying the bills working in the restaurant at Hollywood's upscale ArcLight Cinemas complex, while upstairs an AFI Fest filmmaker is taking a few days off of work as an underpaid set P.A. to double as a "real filmmaker" while his latest film screens at the fes...

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    SF360: Re-opening "Pandora's Box"

    Many stars are forgotten for a while, then "rediscovered" and newly appreciated by a later generation. But the case of Louise Brooks is somewhat unique--she was, really, only a "star" in retrospect. Her Hollywood profile was headed that-a-way when she foolishly (according to the industry) abandoned ...

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    Production Report | "Amexicano," "Let Them Chirp Awhile," "Love is Jihad," "Served Cold," "Tobruk"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    Construction Worker Arrested for Murder of Indie Actress/Filmmaker Adrienne Shelly

    A nineteen-year old Brooklyn construction worker has been arrested for the murder of forty-year old Adrienne Shelly, the actress and director who made her name starring in Hal Hartley's "Trust" and "The Unbelievable Truth" and directed the indie features "Sudden Manhattan" and "I'll Take You There."...

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