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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Bregman Leaves This Is That

    Anthony Bregman has left New York production company This Is That, which he launched with Ted Hope and Anne Carey, according to a Variety story. He is forming the new company Likely Story, with Stefanie Azpiazu leaving This Is That to join him, according to the Hollywood trade paper.

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    Adam Beach to be Honored in Palm Springs

    Actor Adam Beach ("Flags of our Fathers," "Smoke Signals," "Windtalkers") will be honored with the Rising Star Award at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on January 6, 2007 in the California desert city. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Terrence Howard,...

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    AMPAS Names 10 Nicholl Finalists

    The ten scripts selected as finalists for the 21st annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are: "Abilene," Michael Raymond, Auckland, New Zealand, and Seattle, Washington; "Armored," James V. Simpson, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; "Beatrice Creek," Eric J. Litra, Monroe, Michigan; "The Free Republic of Bobistan," Arthur M. Jolly, Marina del Rey, California; "Mr. Burnout," Eric T. Gravning, Santa Monica, California; "Palau Rain," Stephanie Lord, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; "Peepers," Clark E. Morrow, Olathe, Kansas; "10 Day Contract," Josh D. Schorr, South...

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    The Guardian Interview: Martin Scorsese

    For a director who commands such respect, it is surprising what a rough ride Martin Scorsese has had in recent years. But even with "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" to his credit, the going has not been easy. Nor have his peers offered him formal recognition. Despite the superhuman efforts he has poured into his most intimately conceived films -" Gangs of New York" took him 23 years to wrestle on to the screen - he has not won the Oscar for best director. The common thread in these disparate troubles is the dilemma of the movie director: how to combine commercial success with artistic integrity. Several of his 1970s films were ...

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    NY Times: At the New York Film Festival, a Global Glimpse of the State of the Cinema

    In its second week the New York Film Festival settles down to serious cinematic business. For the most part, the 13 selections in this part of the program are worthy of the festival's past offerings and justify the program director Richard Pena's claim that the event represents a kind of "state of t...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Major chains refuse to play Bush death film

    Newmarket Films set itself an unusual challenge when it decided to release the controversial faux investigative documentary "Death of a President" just six weeks after acquiring the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. But it might face an even more formidable obstacle becaus...

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    NYFF CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Religion, Monarchy and More From the NYFF's Second Half

    Movies fascinated with royalty bookend the New York Film Festival, which opened with Stephen Frears' crowd-pleasing "The Queen" and showcases Sofia Coppola's meretricious "Marie Antoinette" closing weekend, but overall, eclectism rules. Far from Balmoral and Versailles are the Cairo streets where Ta...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Shortbus" Arrives Without an Uproar (so far); "Angels," "Gold," "49 Up" and More Deb

    John Cameron Mitchell's provocative new American independent film "Shortbus" opened in U.S. theaters on Wednesday (starting in NYC and then in LA Friday), without an uproar, or even the appearance of protest. While some in Cannes this year initially wondered whether the film might have trouble secur...

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    Film Movement Takes "A Simple Curve"

    North American film distributor Film Movement has acquired Canadian director Aubrey Nealon's "A Simple Curve," the group recently announced. A winner for best writer/director at the Nantucket Film Festival, the film is the story of Caleb, the son of hippie parents including his carpenter father who lacks any business acumen. When a friend of his father's arrives in the valley to develop a high-end fishing lodge, Caleb sees fortune looming, provided he can keep his father distracted long enough. But a small deception leads to colossal betrayal, and soon Caleb must face the fact that he's "reached that treasured day when a boy becomes man enoug...

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    AFM Details Plans and New Online Initiative for 27th Market

    The 27th American Film Market (AFM), set to run 1 - 8 November in Santa Monica, CA will include 589 films, a 10% increase over last year's 534 films, according to organizers. The roster also features 384 market premieres, also the highest number to date, in addition to 54 films that are Official Selections at AFI Fest (which overlaps with AFM) are also represented at the market. In other news, AFM has launched a new online initiative. The new website, www.afmfilms.org, hosts the "AFM Catalogue of Films," described by the organization as "a year-round industry resource, including projects in the early stages of development to finished films. T...

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