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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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    AFP: Spike Lee continues attack on Bush over Katrina response

    American filmmaker Spike Lee continued at the Toronto Film Festival to berate US President George W. Bush over Washington's response to Hurricane Katrina, ahead of US mid-term elections in November. "This is the worst president in the history of the United States of America. He's taken us to hell in...

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    AFP: God Save "The Queen": Mirren film opens to rave reviews

    One will surely not be amused -- "The Queen," a film about the monarchy's reaction to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales which features intimate snapshots of royal life, is released in Britain this weekend. The movie shows Prince Philip in bed with Queen Elizabeth II calling her "cabbage," Prime ...

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    Nature Boys: Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy"

    There is a scene midway through American director Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy," adapted from the novel by John Raymond, in which its two principals, Mark (Daniel London) and Kurt (Will Oldham), share a conversation beside a roaring bonfire. They are en route to a secluded hot-spring in the Cascade Mo...

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    IFC Shift Leads to Deal for Dahl Film

    At IFC Entertainment, the company has announced a preemptive North American deal for John Dahl's new film "You Kill Me," a mob comedy currently in post. The pact for a high profile new movie marks a shift for IFC Films, which will now distinguish itself from its sibling IFC First Take label which re...

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    Beta Touts Kraus' "Four Minutes"

    Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes," which screened at both the recent Shanghai Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, has closed deals in a dozen countries, according to Beta Cinema. While the company said that negotiations for a U.S. deal are reaching the final stage, they also announced pacts for distribution in Japan (Gaga), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and the Benelux countries (ABC Distribution / Cinemien). The film is the story of a young woman convicted of murder who encounters an aging piano teacher. In the words of an announcement, the instructor, "plans to turn Jenny back into what she was before th...

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    Marking A Strategic Shift at IFC, Company Nabs Dahl's "You Kill Me"

    In a deal that marks a shift in strategy for the company, last week in Toronto IFC Films negotiated a preemptive North American pact for John Dahl's new film, "You Kill Me." Currently in post-production, the mob comedy will be released nationwide next year and stars Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Luke ...

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    PEOPLE: Toronto Diary: Who's Got Oscar Buzz?

    In a Toronto International Film Festival diary entry, People Magazine's Leah Rozen offers her take on this year's festival and shares a few early Oscar prognostications:After a winter, spring and summer of mostly lousy, forgettable, pea-brained movies (Little Miss Sunshine, Superman Returns, Thank Y...

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    NYT: Le Romantique

    In The New York Times, Lynn Hirschberg profiles filmmaker Michel Gondry, director of the upcoming "The Science of Sleep":Much of Gondry's work is peculiarly autobiographical in a nonliteral way. His films, and even the videos he has directed for musicians like Bjork and the White Stripes, capture the emotions that swirl around personal events in his life. Some of these feelings are evoked in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in which the protagonists, two former lovers, scrub their memory banks in order to forget each other. In "The Science of Sleep," which Gondry wrote as well as directed, the central character, Stephane, who is playe...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: "Bella" Shines With Audience Prize; Fest Anticipates 40 U.S. Deals from

    While some industry insiders bemoaned the lack of deal-making midway through the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers at the festival are confident that when all is said and done the event will see a record number of acquisitions of new films by U.S. distributors. Toronto festival co...

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