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    Sundance '06 Titles "Miss Sunshine" and "Quinceanera" Top Specialty Box office

    "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Quinceanera," two features about unusual families that came out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, were one and two on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films. Meanwhile, two much-praised Sundance documentaries about env...

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    Reuters: Fears grips Canadian town in "Black Eyed Dog"

    "Black Eyed Dog," a "Fargo"-style drama about residents of a remote Canadian town terrorized by a serial killer on the run, could find an appreciative audience beyond the art house circuit with its dark humor and mood of coiled anger. Set in the remote Miramichi region of New Brunswick, one of Canada's Maritime provinces, director Pierre Gang's study of stifling rural society recently made its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Sonya Salomaa plays Betty, a waitress at a diner in the gloomy town of Riverton. A manhunt described as the country's biggest is making everyone jumpy, including the local police ...

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    10 Shorts to Launch Statewide Rhode Island International Film Festival

    Ten short films are slated to launch the tenth annual Rhode Island Film Festival, taking place this year August 8 - 13 in Providence and other cities throughout the New England state. This year's line up includes 283 features from 40 countries with 27 world premieres and 19 U.S. premieres. Rhode Isl...

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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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    Tribeca's Peter Scarlet to Host "Cinemondo" via Satellite

    Link TV announced today the launch of "Cinemondo," a new world cinema series, to be hosted by Peter Scarlet, executive director of the Tribeca Film Festival. Cinemondo will feature 11 movies that explore the "distinctly human side of critical social and political issues that people face in [a diverse array] of countries." The series will launch on Link TV on Saturday, August 26, premiering one film per week through November 4. Films slated include, "Stolen Life" by Li Shaohong (China); "Beautiful City" by Asghar Farhadi (Iran); "Wrong Side Up" by Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic); "The President's Last Bang" by Im Sang-soo (S. Korea); "Rana's We...

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    NY Times: Facing Voters, Georgia Congressman Gets an Assist From Documentary

    The money, endorsements and opinion polls favor her opponent, but Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, who represents Georgia's Fourth District, has been counting on a movie for last-minute help with the Democratic primary runoff vote here on Tuesday. The movie, "American Blackout," is a documentary that embraces Ms. McKinney as a progressive heroine while chronicling the alleged disenfranchisement of black voters in Florida and Ohio in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. After winning prizes on the festival circuit, including a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the movie, directed by Ian Inaba, was headed for com...

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    The Guardian Interview: Penelope Cruz in "Volver"

    Seven years ago, Pedro Almodovar told Penelope Cruz he had the perfect role for her. He was planning to write a film about a woman married to an abusive loser who molests their teenage daughter. Almodovar told her that, even though she was in her mid-20s, she was made to play the daughter. Last year, Almodovar got back in touch with Cruz to say he had the perfect role for her. He had finally written the screenplay about a woman married to an abusive loser who molests their daughter, and Cruz was made to play the mother. As so often with Almodovar, she couldn't believe what he was proposing. After all, Cruz is only 32, and could easily pass as...

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    Deadlocked: Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson"

    History has never seemed more of a burden than it does in "Half Nelson." Simultaneously denying the easily redemptive narrative form that places a noble white teacher at the head of an inner-city classroom for meaningful school-of-hard-knocks lessons ("Dangerous Minds," anyone?), while also reinfor...

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    When A Fest Strategy Goes Awry: Traverse City Screens "Jesus Camp" Against Magnolia's Wishes

    Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "Jesus Camp," an unreleased documentary that insiders hope will play to audiences on all sides of the political spectrum, gained significant media attention in recent days when its distributor, Magnolia Pictures, unsuccessfully tried to stop Michael Moore from showing ...

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    Sarajevo Fest Celebrates Regional Films in This Year's Line up

    The Sarajevo Film Festival(August 18 - 26) will open its event with Corneliu Porumboiu's "12:08 East of Bucharest," launching the 12th edition of the festival known for putting the spotlight on world cinema. The film recalls the days following the fall of dictator Ceausescu, and the owner of a loca...

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