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    Big Numbers for "Half Nelson" Debut

    In one of the biggest box office openings (per screen) for an indie or specialty title this year, Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" earned an estimated $54,450 on just two screens (for an estimated average of $27,475), according to the film's distributor ThinkFilm. The film will expand to other cities, inc...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Ankori Leaving IDP for Noise

    Shani Ankori will join Noise Marketing later this month as a VP at the Manhattan based company. Ankori is leaving her VP post in marketing and promotions at IDP (Sam Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions).

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Kersh Moves to Lions Gate

    Adam Kersh has joined Lionsgate Films as Manager of National Publicity. He is joining Lionsgate from the New York publicity office at Warner Bros.

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Arriving in Theaters..."Half Nelson", "Viva Pedro" and More

    Another acclaimed film from Sundance 2006 and the launch of a tribute to an international master director are among the list of new film opening in theaters this week. Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson," starring Ryan Gosling, topped indieWIRE's first poll of critics and journalists who covered the Sundance...

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    SF Fest Gets AMPAS Grant

    The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the San Francisco International Film Festival a $150,000 grant as the event approaches its 50th anniversary next Spring. The fest will receive $50,000 in 2007 and an equal amount in two subsequent years. AMPAS has ...

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    Tribeca and Rome Fests Align

    The new Rome Film Festival, October 13 - 21, will present a selection of films from the Tribeca Film Festival, as part of a new partnership announed today. While film titles have yet to be announced, the Rome event will also present a program of work at the next TFF (April 25 - May 6, 2007). [Eugene...

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    Spirit Awards Seeking Submissions

    Film Independent has announced the call for entries for the next Independent Spirit Awards, set to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2007. Nominees will be announced on November 28, 2006. The early deadline for submissions is September 15th and the final deadline is October 6th, with complete guidelines and an application available on the Film Independent website, or by calling (310) 432-1211. Nominees are chosen by committees and winners are selected by FIND and IFP members. Eligible features (costing no more than $20 million) must have screened commercially for one week in 2006 or at one of the following festivals this year: the Los Ange...

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    Toronto Fest Sets More Premieres

    Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have announced another crop of films set to screen at next month's event. World premieres will include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," looking inside the film industry and awards season and featuring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Rachael Harris, Jane Lynch, Jim Piddock, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Ricky Gervais. Also on tap are the world premieres of Christsopher N. Rowley's "Bonneville" about three women on a cross country road trip (starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates...

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    Cinemark Makes Deal to Buy Century

    Movie theater chain Cinemark USA is planning to acquire Century Theaters, according to the Los Angeles Times, continuing the consolidation of the theater business. The combined company would be the 3rd largest in the country with 4,395 screens. The leading theater owner is Regal Entertainment with 6...

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    MTV Gets Atom for $200 Million

    Viacom's MTV Networks has announced a deal to acquire Atom Entertainment for $200 million. The company, comprised of four online destination sites for short films, as well as online games and video, follows last year's MTV acquisition of IFILM, the rival short film site online that ushered in an era...

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