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    ThinkFilm Gets "Hip Hop Project"

    ThinkFilm will hit the upcoming American Film Market with "The Hip Hop Project," a new film directed by Matt Ruskin. The company has acquired worldwide rights to the movie and will release it next Spring, but plans to unveil it for international buyers at AFM in Santa Monica. Described as, "a powerful and inspiring film about a young man who uses hip hop music as a force for hope, healing and the realization of dreams," the film was produced by Scott K. Rosenberg and executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. It stars Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Diana "Princess" Lemon, and Christopher "Cannon" Mapp, with appearances by Russell Simmons, Br...

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    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" Opens 13th Sheffield Docfest

    "Paul Weller: Into Tomorrow" opened the 13th edition of the Sheffield Documentary Festival Monday night, ushering in a program of 93 films from 23 countries, including nine world and 24 U.K. premieres. "Paul Weller" features the music icon telling much of his own life story and contains interviews w...

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    "Babel" Bows Big in Opening Weekend

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" debuted with big numbers on its opening weekend in the United States. The film earned an estimated $365,801 on 7 screens, for a huge per screen average of $52,258, according to figures provided Sunday by distributor Paramount Vantage. "Everybody at Paramount Vantage is very enthused about this exciting film's launch," the company's Rob Schulze said in an email. "This weekend's strong grosses bode well for our future openings." Schulze added that the film will expand to an additional 13 markets on November 3rd, followed by a wide release in some 1,200 U.S. and Canadian locations on November 10th. [Eugene H...

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    DISPATCH FROM MEXICO: Fast Rising Morelia International Film Festival Attempts to Stay Small

    The formula for a successful film festival is not always straightforward. It can vary from country to country and even city to city. So many elements factor in--local geography, industry connections, cultivating a regional audience--that finding the right mix must often seem like advanced alchemy t...

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    The Guardian Interview: You dirty Borat!

    Borat Sagdiyev is a 27-year-old Kazakh journalist on a mission across America to find Pamela Anderson. So far, so not very hilarious. However, as even the tree people of Borneo now know, Borat is also the invention of Sacha Baron Cohen and is, therefore, about as offensive a character as it's possible to be without actual physical harm being visited upon everyone he comes into contact with. In the knuckle-bitingly intense new film - "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" - every single sensitive issue of our times - racism, misogyny, terrorism, needing a poo - gets its chance to shine. Rob Fitzpa...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Studio stirs up Dixie Chicks movie controversy

    The company distributing a new documentary about the Dixie Chicks has blasted the NBC and CW networks for allegedly refusing to accept a commercial spot for the film, which opens in four theaters Friday. In a press release issued late Thursday, the Weinstein Co. said NBC rejected a spot for "Shut Up...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Billy Corben, director of "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Billy Corben's doc "Cocaine Cowboys" takes place in a place often though synonymous with the drug--Miami, Florida. Set in the 1980s when the Colombian coke barons moved into Miami with a ruthlessness not seen since Prohibition-era Chicago, the film is a true story of how Miami became the drug, murde...

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    SF Chronicle: "Deliver Us From Evil"

    He was the closest thing to God they knew. Bob Jyono can still picture the priest he and his wife, Maria, called Ollie, a family friend who often spent the night in their Lodi home, saying his morning prayers with a Bible in his hands. "And all during the night, he's molesting my daughter -- not molesting, raping her! -- at 5 years old,," wails Jyono in "Deliver Us From Evil.." It's a devastating documentary about Oliver O'Grady, the notorious pedophile priest who sexually abused children, including a 9-month-old baby, in a string of Central California towns for 20 years -- and the Catholic bishops who moved him from parish to unsuspecting pa...

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    AFP: Korean films set to enter global market after accord with France

    France and South Korea have signed an agreement on cinematic co-production which Seoul hailed as giving its burgeoning film industry access to Europe. The agreement, signed Friday by visiting French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres and his South Korean counterpart Kim Myung-Gon, will reco...

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    "Day Night Day Night" Wins Montreal Nouveau Fest Prize

    Julia Loktev's "Day Night Day Night" won the top prize at the 35th edition of the Festival de Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, with Jiens Lien's "The Bothersome Man" and Sophie Deraspe's "Rechercher Victor Pellerin" awarded a special mention at the festival. The event's acting award went to Kate Dickie i...

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