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    Shyamaladenfreude

    In his weekly LA Times column, Patrick Goldstein reports from Hollywood of on a bit of glee following the disappointing opening of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Lady in the Water" and Michael Bamberger's new book about the director, The Man Who Heard Voices:Night has said that "Lady in the Water" began ...

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    Goldhirsh and Reason

    What is Reason Pictures and who is Ben Goldhirsh? West Magazine explores: Just a few weeks after his 26th birthday, [Ben Goldhirsh] is financing half a dozen films at his production company, Reason Pictures; getting ready to launch a national magazine, called Good; eyeing television, book publishing and the music business; and running a private foundation that gives millions a year to charity. That, and he just moved out of a small, bland studio apartment and into an airy farmhouse with a Guernica-sized TV, a stone fireplace that could double as a climbing wall, a guest cottage and hiking trails on five rugged acres in the middle of Beverly H...

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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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    End Game: Gela Babluani's "13 Tzameti"

    Oddly, the current greatest fear as reflected in our moviegoing consciousness isn't of widespread terrorism or megaton catastrophe. Yes, large-scale disasters and toppling monuments are served up for our delectation as always; they're still making as many "Poseidon"s and "War of the Worlds"s as you ...

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    Magnolia Hues Up for Animation "The Hero of Color City"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North America distribution rights to its CG-animated feature "The Hero of Color City," Exodus Film Group announced Monday. The film is a tale chronicling the adventures of a colorful and diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect their magical, multi-hued homeland from an evil tyrant that threatens to rid their world of joy and color. The screenplay was written by J.P. McCormick and Rich Raczelowski and is targeted for a fall 2007 release. "We're excited to be partnering with Exodus on 'The Hero of Color City,'" commented Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "They've put together a gr...

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    De Palma's "The Black Dahlia" to Open 63rd Venice International Film Festival

    "The Black Dahlia," directed by Brian De Palma, starring Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank and Josh Hartnett will be the opening film at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, organizers revealed Monday. The film, adapted from the famous novel of the same name by James Ellroy, inspired by a crime in 1940s Los Angeles, will be presented in competition as a world premiere on August 30th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema. The 63rd Venice Film Festival will run at Lido di Venezia from August 30 to September 9, with Marco Muller serving as the fest's chief for the third year running, and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaire...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Aaron Russo, director of "America: Freedom to Fascism"

    Director Aaron Russo's doc "America: Freedom to Fascism" takes on the IRS, the Federal Reserve and other organizations that the film claims "have abridged the freedoms of Americans via money creation, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May, 2008)." Through interviews, the ...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Senate approves filmed-sex bill

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation setting up a national registry for sex offenders that includes a new record-keeping requirement for Hollywood movies that have steamy love scenes. On a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved the Adam Walsh Act setting up the registry and including ...

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    AP: "Super Size Me" filmmaker plugs reality TV

    Morgan Spurlock, who created the documentary "Super Size Me" and the television show "30 Days," says the reality TV boom has been good for documentaries. "It's opened the door for people to be more accepting of documentaries," he says in the July 31 issue of Time. "I don't think 'Super Size Me' woul...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Wagenberg Joining Miami Fest

    Monika Wagenberg has been named Senior Programmer, Ibero-American Programming at the Miami International Film Festival. She is joining the Miami fest from Cinema Tropical, which she co-founded and where she served as Director of Programming and Acquisitions.

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