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    Pressman Sells ContentFilm Shares

    Prolific indie producer Ed Pressman has fully divested from ContentFilm, the company he co-founded with John Schmidt in 2001. While he left the outfit a year ago, he remained on the board.

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    Roy & Koury Promoted at Hamptons Fest

    Rajendra Roy has been promoted to Artistic Director at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Josh Koury has been upped to Programming Manager/Shorts Programmer, the festival announced today. Also at the event, set for its 14th installment October 18 - 22 this year, Gerry Byrne and Denise Wohl...

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    iklipz.com Unveiled

    Former Paramount Classics co-president David Dinerstein is among the industry folks who will officially unveil a new venture today. Dubbed iklipz, the company is a social networking site aimed at presenting films online, with Dinerstein serving as programming consultant for the new outlet. The new site boasts an advisory board that includes Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, ThinkFILM's Mark Urman, IFP's Michelle Byrd, First Look's Ruth Vitale, publicist Fredell Pogodin, the Gersh Agency's Arianna Bocco, producer Jon Landau, and filmmakers Julian Schnabel and Ed Burns. Other backers include former Paramount Pictures marketing president Arthur ...

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    WORLD CINEMA: French Films x 3: Bastille Day Creates Gallic Cinema Crowding

    France may have lost the World Cup, but Francophiles can seek solace in a number of new French films hitting U.S. screens. No less than six Gallic features have suddenly hit Gotham art-houses. In addition to the two ("Russian Dolls," "District 13") already playing, Laurent Cantet's probing Haitian-s...

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    Despite a "Pirates" Weekend, Specialty Titles Not Sunk

    How well did independent/specialty films work as counterprogramming against a movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," that had the biggest weekend opening in history by seemingly appealing to everyone? Not bad, it turns out, according to the latest indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (...

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    SF360: Car talk with Chris Paine

    On this one point, Mel Gibson and I agree: Electric cars are cool. He was introduced to them in a General Motors pilot program, which sparingly leased out its EV1s to movers and shakers. I was introduced to them by my neighbor, who could seemingly convert any object into an electric vehicle. (By now, he may have now even converted his two story San Francisco home into an electric RV.) It was fascinating to watch the story of the EV1's rise and untimely demise unfold with such elegant mystery in director Chris Paine's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" which I got to see, along with an audience of hybrid drivers and my neighbor, during the San Fra...

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    The Guardian: Karlovy Vary Overview

    A world away from the glitter of Cannes, the Karlovy Vary festival is still one of Europe's most fascinating film festivals. Being at the crossroads of Europe, one of the themes of the festival, and usually its strongest section, is East of the West. With a number of interesting recent Russian, Poli...

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    83 Nations Receive Oscar Foreign Language Consideration Invitations

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 83 countries to submit films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards, the organization announced Tuesday. To qualify for the 2006 awards year, a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1, 2005 and September 30, 2006 and be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater. The dialogue track must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required. Entry forms must be received at the Academy by Monday,...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival is set to screen international or North American premieres of seven Spanish-language films from a number of countries. Three of the titles will screen in TIFF's Dicsovery section, two in Visions and one in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while one will be shown as a Special Presentation. The seven films include: Manuel Nieto Nas' "The Dog Pound" (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), about a young urban intellectual who settles in a rural town after failing his university exams and being dumped by his girlfriend (North American debut, Contemporary World Cinema); Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's "Dark Blu...

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    NY Times: Eat Drink Make Movie: Hollywood's Next Course

    Cinema's relationship with food and drink has always been a complicated affair. Sometimes it's abusive, as Mae Clark, with her face full of grapefruit, learned from James Cagney in "The Public Enemy." Sometimes it's unrequited, as Tony Shalhoub learned from ungrateful customers in "Big Night." Now and then it amounts to a glorious epiphany, as in "Sideways," when Paul Giamatti rhapsodized to Virginia Madsen about the delicate, even haunting properties of pinot noir. A little bit of food can go a long way in the movies: think of Sue Lyons's lollipop in "Lolita," the chicken salad sandwich in "Five Easy Pieces" or Diane Keaton's pastrami on whi...

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