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    "The Illusionist" to Open 32nd Deauville Festival of American Film; Sundance to Receive Tribute

    Neil Burger's "The Illusionist" will be the first screening opening the 32nd Deauville Festival du Cinema Americain, taking place in Deauville, France from September 1 - 10. The international premiere, starring Edward Norton, is set in early 20th century Vienna in which a magician (Norton) uses his ...

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    AP: Film festival cancels cockfighting movie

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival canceled the screening of a movie about cockfighting after being told it might be illegal to show the film. "Cockfighter," a critically acclaimed 1974 movie about masculinity and blood sports set in the southern United States, was to have been shown Tuesday....

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    BBC: Theron denies pro-US bias in film

    Actress Charlize Theron has denied a documentary made by her production company shows a pro-American bias in the problems facing Cuba. "East of Havana" tells of three young rappers whose love of hip-hop faces censorship by the Communist government. It has faced criticism for taking a rose-tinted vie...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis)

    The artist formerly known as Black Francis answers the phone and explains that he can't talk; he is in crisis. I have been chasing Thompson for several days now, eager to gauge his reaction to "loudQUIETloud", a rambunctious little documentary about the Pixies's 2004 reunion tour, which debuts today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Directed by Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin, the film is a bit like a Pixies song itself. It is film where simmering tensions erupt into primal storms, where high tragedy goes cheek-by-jowl with low comedy, and where the drummer goes mad and won't finish his solo. When the Pixies reformed, they invite...

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    H'wood Reporter: German film buffs feast on horror

    Germany's FantasyFilmFest started out 20 years ago as a one-off presentation of science fiction and horror films in Hamburg. This year, the FFF toured seven German cities, spending a week in each location, and has become a veritable powerhouse for the release of genre and crossover films. For the fi...

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    TORONTO '06: The Complete Lineup - 352 Films

    352 films from 61 countries are on tap for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, which will open on September 7th with the previously announced world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen." Organizers today unveiled the complete lineup for next month's...

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    Fall Release Planned for "Dixie Chicks" Doc As Weinsteins Close Worldwide Deal

    Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" has been acquired by The Weinstein Company, in a worldwide rights deal announced Monday ahead of the doc's upcoming debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the female country music trio's ollercoaster thr...

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    "Nelson" is Head of the Class Again; "Sunshine" a Box Office Ray of Light

    ThinkFilm's "Half Nelson" maintained its valedictorian status atop the specialty box office for a second weekend, though the Sundance '06 film remained in only a few locations. Newcomer, "The Illusionist" from Yari Film Group Releasing gave "Nelson" a run for the money, placing second in the indieWI...

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    Paramount Adds MTV and Nick to Umbrella

    Over at Paramount...The studio announced last night that MTV Films and Nick Movies production companies will become full labels, alongside Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage and Paramount Classics, under the Paramount Motion Picture Group umbrella. Producer Scott Aversano has been named President of MTV Films and Nick Movies, running film development, production and acquisitions for the two film labels, reporting to Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman, as well as Van Toffler, group president of MTV Networks Music Group, and Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. [Eugene Hernande...

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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 past 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. Weeken...

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