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    IFP MARKET '06: Event Presents Cash to Market Prize Winners

    Capping its annual Independent Film Week, IFP announced the recipients of this the annual IFP Market Awards at a luncheon in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. Actor Giancarlo Esposito joined IFP executive director Michelle Byrd at the ceremony, which presented cash prizes to the 2006 award winners.

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    MGM Gets "Pleasure of Your Company"

    MGM has announced a deal for North American rights to Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy "The Pleasure of Your Company," following the film's recent screening at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The company is planning a wide release of the film. Financed by GreeneStreet Films, the movie was also produced by Fugitive Films. The film, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, also features Edward Herrmann, Joe Pantoliano, Joanna Gleason, Margo Martindale and Rob Corddry. It was executive produced by Fisher Stevens, Bruna Papandrea and Tim Williams and produced by John Penotti, Jamie Gordon, Sam Hoffman, and Courtney Potts. Jonathan B...

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    Wexler Wins IDA Honor

    Acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler will be honored with the International Documentary Association's 2006 Career Achievement Award at the organization's Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards, December 8, 2006. "We could rightly present two career achievement awards to Haskell Wexler," s...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Rachman, director of "American Hardcore"

    Veteran filmmaker Paul Rachman has returned to his film music roots with his latest work, 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc, "American Hardcore." Based on the book by Steven Blush ("American Hardcore: A Tribal History"), the film takes a look back at the flourishing punk scene of the early 1980s in th...

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    Sony Classics Announces "Black Book" Deal

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for all North American, Australia/New Zealand and India rights to Paul Verhoven's "Black Book" (Zwartboek), the Dutch entry for the 2006 foreign langage Academy Award. The film recently screened at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto Int...

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    AFP: World premiere for Lars von Trier's new film in Copenhagen

    Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier's latest film, "The Boss of it All," will have its world premiere at the Copenhagen International Film Festival, organisers said. After making "Breaking the Waves", "Dancer in the Dark" and the more recent "Dogville" and "Manderlay," von Trier's latest work is a come...

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    H'Wood Reporter: "Evil" priest film rattles ratings board

    Lionsgate will release its upcoming documentary about child molestation scandals in the Catholic Church without a rating after the trailer garnered a restrictive tag from the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Deliver Us From Evil" focuses on a northern California priest, Father Oliver O'Grady, who a...

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    DISPATCH FROM IFP MARKET '06: Heavy Hitters and Newcomers Alike Consider Niche Riches at Filmmaker C

    In Chris Anderson's popular new book The Long Tail, about "the new economics of culture and commerce," the Wired magazine editor-in-chief explores, "Why the future of business is selling less of more." That is, how a number of businesses that make their money selling culture (music, movies, books) m...

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    Reuters: Arab investors set up $200 million film fund

    Investors from six Arab states will put up $200 million to finance the production of more than a dozen big-budget Arabic movies in English, an Arab-American film producer told Reuters on Wednesday. Malek Akkad said the project is aimed at promoting the nascent Arab film industry to the world and sho...

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    Miller Sets Up "The Immortalist" at Paramount Vantage

    Paramount Vantage has announced a deal to develop an upcoming film with Oscar-nominated "Capote" director Bennett Miller. The filmmaker, who first gained attention for his documentary "The Cruise," is on board to direct "The Immortalist," from a script by Dante Harper ("The Delicate Art of the Rifle"), and Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce the project at the company. While the specific details on the story were not revealed, the announcement indicated that the movie is, "a contemporary, character-driven drama set in the emerging world of life-extension." Miller added in a statement, "It's not a science-fiction film. It's a drama set in the very...

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