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    AFP: Italy lauds local contender for Golden Lion

    Italy has entered the race for the Golden Lion with a vengeance with Gianni Amelio's tender "La Stella che non c'e" (The Missing Star), the first of three Italian movies screening in the official competition at the Venice Film Festival. Amelio is the last Italian to win the coveted prize for best fi...

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    AFP: Japanese and Brazilian films win top prize at Montreal film festival

    Japanese film maker Eiji Okuda's "Nagai Sanpo" and Brazilian Carlos Diegues' "O Maior Amor do Mundo" shared the top prize at the 30th Montreal Film Festival. "Nagai Sanpo" (The Long Walk) chronicles an old man's journey with a young girl desperate for love. It won the Grand Prize of the Americas as well as the best international critics award and for best artistic film. Diegues' "O Maior Amor do Mundo" (The Greatest Love in the World), about a scientist's return to his impoverished childhood home after being afflicted by a deadly disease, also won the Grand Prize. Twenty-two films from around the world competed for the festival's grand prize....

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    Reuters: Estevez's "Bobby" a political wakeup call

    For director Emilio Estevez, his new movie about the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968 is a call to young people to shake off their cynicism and engage in the political process. His first feature film in 10 years, which impressed critics in Venice where it is one of 21 entries in the main competition, "Bobby" focuses on the lives of people working at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the night Kennedy was shot there. Real news footage of Kennedy at rallies, mass protests against the war in Vietnam and grim images from the conflict are woven into the narrative, and audiences today are bound to draw parallels with the U.S. wars in Ir...

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    MGM Names Amy Gruberg SVP of Media Operations

    Amy Gruberg has joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) in the post of senior vice president, media operations, it was announced today by MGM president of marketing Perry Stahman. In her new role, Gruberg will be responsible for shaping the media vision for MGM. She will influence all aspects of the studio's media operations, including overseeing the media strategy and placement for each of the studio's films, working on MGM Home Entertainment releases, and building brand extensions for MGM's television partners as films enter their network and cable windows. Additionally, Gruberg will manage the company's roster of national and region...

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    Photography, Sex, Ghosts, Ratings, Crime, Revolution and Counter Culture, Autumn Films Position for

    With Labor Day over and the fall season of serious movies about to begin, it's time to put away one concern that got a lot of press this summer - that movie critics no longer matter. Maybe not in summer, but now there are so many upcoming movies chasing after the "upscale" audience of well-educated ...

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    Trivial Pursuit: Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland"

    A concept in search of an intriguing tale to tell, "Hollywoodland" dredges up the true-life Hollywood scandal surrounding the death of TV's Superman, George Reeves in 1959. It's that old murky-glossy peek into the sordid flipside of fame, here coupled with wan commentary on American masculinity, the...

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    DISPATCH FROM TELLURIDE: Imagined Reality on Display at Weekend Telluride Fest; Pences Say Goodbye

    The 33rd edition of the Telluride Film Festival (see indieWIRE's recent lineup story), which took place over the past few days in the small Colorado mountain town, will not only be known for launching such films as "The Last King of Scotland," "Fur", and "Little Children" or honoring Penelope Cruz a...

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    Production Report: "Among the Shadows," "Broken English," "Dismal," "OperaWorks," and "Sellin' Helen

    [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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    IFP Highlights Roster for 28th Market

    The Independent Feature Project unveiled plans for its 28th annual IFP Market, which will take place post-Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 17 - 21 in New York City. This year's lineup includes 186 projects and is focused on connecting projects still in development with fin...

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    Surveying the Summer Box Office: "Truth", "Sunshine", French Films and More

    The arrival of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals is a stark reminder that the summer movie season has come to a close. Distributors faced some tough times at the U.S. box office this summer, with a handful of bright spots and a number of challenges. "The overall trend this summer with few ...

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