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    AFP: Family fights Hollywood over "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" prequel rights

    The son of the Chinese author of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is waging a legal battle in a Canadian court with Hollywood studios over the film rights to his father's books. The film version of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" by director Ang Lee won four Oscars and now Columbia Pictures Industr...

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    Reuters: Hollywood studios unveil movie ratings by email

    Hollywood's major studios Tuesday unveiled plans to email parents movie rating information to help people who want to know more about new films' language or other content before letting kids see them. Parents can sign up for the new service at the MPAA's website, MPAA.org, or at filmratings.com. Ema...

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    Movie Critics Under Fire?

    Earlier this week, in the venerable New York Times (the paper that NYC film marketers pray to weekly), lead critic A.O. Scott wondered (in the wake of the major success of the badly reviewed "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" and "The Da Vinci Code"), "What, exactly, critics are for...are we out of touch ...

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    Reid Rosefelt: Critic Crossed a Line by Walking Out of "Clerks 2"

    Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel infamously stormed out of a recent press screening of "Clerks 2," cursing about the film as he exited. Reacting to the story, detailed in today's edition of Page Six, former publicist Reid Rosefelt blogs about the situation, writing that the critic "crossed a line." He continues:Not only don't I think critics should raise a fuss at a screening, I think they have to watch the whole thing. Films often get better as they go along. One should never make a judgment until you see it all. At that point, critics can choose not to review the film (Siegel doesn't review everything) or pan the film as harshly...

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    Ten Outstanding Shorts from Outfest 2006

    Outfest 2006: the 24th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival unspooled 14 short film programs during its July 6-17 run this year. And while the 77 features playing Outfest garnered the lion's share of critical attention, it is in the short-form live action, documentary, and experimental arenas w...

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    North American Premiere of Frears' "The Queen" To Open 2006 New York Film Festival

    The 2006 New York Film Festival will open on September 29th with the North American premiere of Stephen Frears' latest, "The Queen." The Miramax film stars Helen Mirren in the lead role and is described as "an intimate, frankly revealing and often acidly funny portrait of the British royal family du...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Robinson Promoted at TWC

    At The Weinstein Company, Eric Robinson has been promoted to VP of Production and Development. Based in New York, he will report to Michael Cole and focus primarily on animated material. Robinson joined Miramax in 2000 as an executive assistant to Harvey Weinstein, he previously served as a director...

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    French Films Storm the U.S. Specialty Box office Fortress

    The French are coming! The French are coming! Fears that American audiences for independent/specialty films have tired of artful, adult-oriented French movies seem to be premature, given results of the latest indieWIRE Box-Office Tracking Report (iWBOT). Based on per-theater grosses as reported to R...

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    2007 Sundance Film Festival Entry Deadlines

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, running January 18 - 28 in Utah, has announced a call for submissions for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, and for short films. Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for next year's event are: August 18 (for early submissions for all films); September 1 (short films); September 11 (feature films). The Independent Film Competition is open to independently produced dramatic and documentary feature-length films; U.S. films in competition must be world premieres, have at least 50 percent U.S. financing, and have been completed in either 2005 or 2006. Dramatic features must be no less tha...

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    Kenan Ready for His Close-Up

    In the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Goldstein offers a profile of the 29 year old debut feature filmmaker Gil Kenan, whose "Monster House" is coming this week to theaters. The animated studio movie, described as a "comic horror film," was shepherded by exec producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielbe...

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