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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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    IFC and Weinsteins Get "Penelope"

    Mark Palansky's "Penelope," a Toronto International Film Festival debut last month, has been jointly acquired by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company, in a deal for North American rights. IFC will lead theatrical distribution with TWC handling home video and TV, according to the annonucement. Starring Christina Ricci (with Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara and Peter Dinklage) and written by Leslie Caveny, the film is described as "A modern-day fairy tale about love and self-acceptance." It was developed and produced by Type A Films, produced and financed by Stone Village Pictures and financed by Grosvenor Park. Producers includ...

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    Zeitgeist Gets U.S. Rights to "Into Great Silence"

    All U.S. rights to Philip Groening's "Into Great Silence" have been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. The company brokered the deal with Bavaria Film International. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won the documentary World Cinema special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. The company is planning a late February/early March 2007 release. Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schaumann of Bavaria Film International. The company also worked with Bavaria Film on "Nowhere In Africa," winner...

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    Daviau to Receive ASC Award

    The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Allen Daviau at the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 18, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Among his credits are "E.T. The Extra-Terresrial," "The Color Purple," "Avalon," "Empire of the Sun," and "Bugsy." In a statement, Russ Alsobrook, who chairs the organization's Awards Committee, said, "Allen Daviau is still in the prime of his career, but he has already created an innovative body of work that will stand the test of time. He is an awe-inspiring cinematographer who has earned the admiration o...

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    Keaton Set for Film Society Honor

    Diane Keaton will he honored on April 9, 2007 with the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 34th annual Gala Tribute. "The Film Society of Lincoln Center is thrilled to pay tribute to a total original - actor, producer, director, photographer and style icon, Diane Keaton," said Director of Gala Tribute, Wendy Keys, in a statement. "Keaton's career defining roles in films, directed by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty and Nancy Myers, among others, have made her one of the most popular and beloved screen stars in America. Delightful, surprising, radiant and above all, deeply independent, she has brought a variety of rich and memor...

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    AFP: Rome film fest kicks off with world premiere of "Fur" starring Kidman

    Rome's inaugural film festival kicked off with the avidly anticipated world premiere of "Fur" starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Subtitled "An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," the film asks the viewer to suspend disbelief from the start, plunging into the imagined inner world of the brill...

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    Reuters: Tale of U.S. book scam wins over Rome film festival

    One of the biggest literary scams hit the screen on Sunday with "The Hoax," the story of how a frustrated author conned America's publishing world into believing he had written the memoirs of Howard Hughes. Richard Gere plays Clifford Irving, the writer who sold the bogus "autobiography" of the recl...

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    Korea Times Interview: Hong Kong Actor Andy Lau in Pusan

    Actor Andy Lau has recently finished his new blockbuster film "A Battle of Wits," a joint project between three countries -- Japan, South Korea and China. He worked with Korean actors including Ahn Sung-ki and Hong Kong director Jacob Cheung, along with Japanese filmmakers. "When I first started as ...

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    "Darryl Hunt" Wins in Bend, OR

    BendFilm, a celebration of independent cinema in Bend, Oregon, awarded both its audience award and best of show prize to "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" at its festival this weekend. The best director prize went to Julie Anne Meerschwam for Audrey & Einstein, while the lead actor (male) award went to Ru...

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    "Requiem" Wins in Sitges

    At the recently concluded Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya, Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" was named the best film, by a jury that included Monte Hellman, Leticia Dolera, Carlos Losilla, Pilar Pedraza, and Tom Schiller. Martin Weisz was named best director for "Grimm Love, whi...

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