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    MGM Pursues Screen to Stage Projects

    Under the MGM On Stage label, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is pursing a plan to bring a slate of plays to theaters, projects for the stage adapted from movies. Among them are "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (opening soon in L.A.), a stage adaptation of "Midnight Cowboy" that is playing at the Edinburg...

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    iW BOT: "Half Nelson" Tops Box Office With Stellar NY Debut; "Sunshine" Still Golden

    Once again, Sundance buzz has propelled a new American movie to a great debut on the latest indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Report (iBOT) of independent/specialty films, as "Half Nelson" finished first. At the same time, two other films that were highly praised at this year's Sundance Film Festival - ...

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    A sweet "Quinceanera" vs. the greed of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"

    Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera" is made up of little moments. One of them shows Magdalena (Emily Rios) and a younger sibling as they watch TV -- specifically, America's Next Top Model. "Congratulations, you're on your way to becoming America's next top model," Tyra Banks repeatedly half-whispers to the remaining contestants, as Magdalena watches from her couch. Her younger male companion's fascination with the screen may or may not mean that he'll follow in the footsteps of cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia) and become a "gay." As for Magdalena, she seems detached from, maybe even unimpressed by, the beauty pageant. She has ot...

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    Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Appoints Coombes as Fest Director

    Jaie Laplante, the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's co-director and director of festival operations will be leaving his posts to take a position with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, while program director Carol Coombes will assume the title of festival director. With Laplante's departure -- though he will remain on the festival's board of directors and remain an active member of the programming committee -- a new position of managing director was created by the MGLFF board to assume leadership of the administrative, marketing and development aspects of the festival and a candidate search is now on the way. A complete job posting for...

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    AFI Awards call for entries

    The American Film Institute will present the AFI Awards 2006 on December 10th. The honorees are selected by jury -- one for motion pictures and one for television. The 13 members of each jury will discuss, debate and determine the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the y...

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    Popular Vote Agrees with George Lucas and Jurors in Two Internet Short Film Competitions

    On July 20, 2006, over 4000 people squeezed into an auditorium at San Diego's Comic-Con International to hear the announcement of the winners of the fifth annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Approximately 10,000 people voted on the AtomFilms website to give the Audience Choice Award to "Pitching Luca...

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    Toronto Adds Arctic Doc, Childrens Program and Mozart Movies for Upcoming Fest

    Theirry Piantanido and Thierry Ragobert's "The White Planet" has been added as a gala presentation at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film, made in collaboration with Jean Lemire, is a documentary that explores thte Arctic. In other fest news, organizers announed a new Sprockets Family Zone program, featuring moves for children, and also announced that they will present seven film commissioned for Vienna's upcoming New Crowned Hope Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Participating filmmakers include Bahman Ghobadi with "Half Moon", Apichatpong Weerasethakul with "Syndromes and a Century", Tsai M...

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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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    Del Toro and Almodovar in Key NYFF Slots

    Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labryinth" will close the 2006 New York Film Festival and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" will screen as the festival's centerpiece, organizers announced late today. Both were among the most acclaimed titles at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, the Film Society of L...

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    The Guardian Interview: Pedro Almodovar

    "Sex was my way of coping with death." From paedophile priests to psychotic transsexuals, Spain's most outrageous director has tackled ever more raucous themes as he captured the dark underbelly of his country. Now, in the highly acclaimed "Volver," Pedro Almodovar confronts the one topic that had e...

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