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    ThinkFilm Gets French Oscar Entry

    ThinkFilm has announced a deal for U.S. rights to "Orchestra Seats" ("Fauteuils D'Orchestre"), France's Oscar foreign language film entry which has been re-titled "Avenue Montaigne." Set for a February 2007 release, the film was directed by Daniele Thompson ("La Buche," "Jet Lag") and co-written by the filmmaker and her sonChristopher Thompson. It is described as the story of a woman from the French provinces (played by Cecile de France) who moves to Paris and becomes a waitress on the city's famous fashion boulevard, Avenue Montaigne. Her customers include a number of notable individuals, but according to an announcement, "Precisely because ...

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    "Apocalypto" (and Gibson) in Austin

    In Austin on Saturday night, the hot ticket was a surprise screening presented by Ain't It Cool News at Fantastic Fest, the week-long festival of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films. 200 attendees at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar were treated to the first public showing of Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," with Gibson in attendance (and during a Q & A session comparing the film to current events in Iraq). AICN's Harry Knowles http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30170" TARGET="_blank">offers his take on the new film, indieLOOP member Jennifer Brown userprofile.php?u=Jenab" TARGET="_blank">calls the film one of her favorite of the fest, so far, and SXS...

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    DISPATCH FROM BRAZIL: One Question, Many Different Answers - FIICAV Asks About the Future of the Bra

    Brazil is one of the most well-developed television broadcasting markets in the world, yet its film market has always lagged behind. "We have everything to be a new El Dorado, we can be the best in the world," said Christina Castello, director of the first Feira Internacional da Industria do Cinema ...

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    "Jesus Camp" on ABC

    In the wake of disappointing box office grosses from its debut in cities where distributor Magnolia Pictures had courted Evangelical Christian viewers, the controversial new documentary "Jesus Camp" debuts in New York City today. In a recent report, ABC News looks at the film (about a camp for young...

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    NY Film Critics Set Dates

    This year's New York Film Critics Circle chair Marshall Fine has announced the dates for this year's voting and awards. The critics will vote and announce their winners on Monday, December 11th in New York City and the annual ceremony will be held this year at the Supper Club on Sunday, January 7, 2...

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    Believe the Hype: Ten of the Most Buzzed-About Films from Two of Southern California's Largest Short

    Recently Palm Springs and Los Angeles each hosted behemoth international short film festivals, presenting a combined total of 993 shorts to sell-out crowds at the Camelot Theatre and ArcLight Hollywood, respectively. With such an overabundance of riches, festival-goers in each city relied heavily on...

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    AP: Film critics award prize to "Volver"

    "Volver," directed by Pedro Almodovar, has received the best film of the year award from the International Federation of Film Critics. The Fipresci prize was decided by a vote of about 350 movie critics in more than 60 countries. It was announced late Thursday at a ceremony inaugurating the 54th San...

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    PBS and Skoll Foundation Announce $2.5 Million "Social Entrepreneurship Fund"

    The PBS Foundation and the Skoll Foundation announced today the establishment of the PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fund, with a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the Skoll Foundation. The PBS Foundation will use the funds for filmmakers, documentarians and other journalists to produce work that promotes "large-scale public awareness of social entrepreneurship, and highlights individuals who are pioneering innovative approaches that address far-reaching social issues." Each project supported by the fund may include an outreach initiative, determined by the applicant. Guidelines for applying for a PBS Foundation Social Entrepreneur...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Luisi Upped to EVP at Miramax

    Miramax Films has promoted Michael J. Luisi to executive vice president of business affairs and operations, from executive vice president of business affairs. He is responsible for day to day operations and planning at the company, including integration with parent, The Walt Disney Company.

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    Koch Lorber Picks up Tribeca '06 Winner "Blessed by Fire"

    Koch Lorber has picked up North American theatrical and video rights to Tristan Bauer's "Blessed by Fire" (Illuminados por el fuego), the company announced Friday. The film, which won the Founders Award for best narrative feature at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival as well as the Spanish Goya for best foreign film, is the first Argentine feature dealing directly with the Falkland Islands war legacy by exposing the scars caused by the early '80s conflict with the U.K. "Blessed by Fire" was picked up in a deal with Spanish sales group Latido. Koch Lorber plans additional dates on the festival circuit followed by a second quarter '07 release. "Thi...

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