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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Eyeing a Prize, ThinkFilm Toasts Five Years; And Kunuk Tries to Preserve

    Not long after Lions Gate Films shut down its New York office back in 2001, a group of company executives joined forces to launch the Toronto/NYC based ThinkFilm and Friday morning, at what has become a signature event, the start-up celebrated its 5th anniversary with its annual breakfast bash. Ackn...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Chitra Palekar: "The success of a filmmaker is making a film that r

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo: "I became a filmmaker out of boredom."

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Charbol's Latest

    Following its positive North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, French director Claude Chabrol's "A Comedy of Power" has been picked up by Koch Lorber Films for domestic theatrical and home entertainment release. It will open in limited release in January 2007. A political thriller an...

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    "Grace," "Queen" Coming To Heartland

    The closing film of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace," will open next month's Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. "Grace" examines the life of William Wilberforce, a British Parliamentarian who led abolitionists in ending the slave trade of late 18th century England. It co-stars Iaon Gruffudd, Rufus Sewell, and Albert Finney. Heartland will close the festival with Venice favourite "The Queen," directed by Stephen Frears. "The Queen" shows a look at the the British royal family following the death of Princess Diana. Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II, James Cromwell as Pri...

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    "Catch a Fire", "Ground Truth" Come To Amnesty Film Festival

    Philip Noyce's "Catch a Fire," starring Derek Luke and Tim Robbins, will open next week's Amnesty International Film Festivalin Washington, D.C. Based on the true story of Patrick Chamusso, the film spans 25 years in the life of an oil refinery employee who is brutalized by terror squads. Addition...

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    "Borat" Premiere Proves Eventful

    Live animals, technical difficulties and Michael Moore were among the highlights at the premiere of the controversial "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" last night. After a memorable arrival from the film's star Sasha Baron Cohen on a horse drawn cart driven by two women dressed as Kazakhstan prostitutes, Kris Abel reports that things did not run so smoothly. Twenty-minutes into the sold-out screening, the film projector broke, leading Cohen, director Larry Charles, and audience member Moore to take the stage. After over an hour of stalling, the projector was deemed unable to be fixed, and...

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    DeGeneres to Host 79th Academy Awards

    Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has been named host of the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which will be held Sunday, February 25, 2007 producer Laura Ziskin announced Thursday. It will be DeGeneres' first time as Oscar host, as well as her first appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. "Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards," said Ziskin in a statement. "There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer. Ellen completely fits the bill. I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for hersel...

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    Film Movement Picks Up Three

    North American film distribution company Film Movement has announced their acquisition of three films: "MadeinUSA," by Claudia Llosa (Spain/Peru), "Men at Work," by Mani Haghighi (Iran) and "The Great Match," by Geraldo Olivares (Spain/Germany). The films will be released through Film Movement's distribution model that simultaneously releases films through theatres, television and DVD in an attempt to bring award-winning films to a larger audience. "We are proud to be able to present these three impressive films to fans all across the country in theatres, libraries, living rooms and on TV," said Stuart Litman, President of Film Movement. "Mad...

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    Reuters: "The Queen," "Bobby" lead race for Venice awards

    Stephen Frears' "The Queen" is the critics' favourite to take the best picture award at the Venice Film Festival this year, with Emilio Estevez's star-packed "Bobby" leading a strong chasing pack. Queen Elizabeth is played by Helen Mirren, also seen as a frontrunner for the best actress category whe...

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