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    IFC Entertainment Names Schwartz to SVP Post

    IFC Entertainment named Lisa Schwartz, senior vice president of sales and business development, the company announced Thursday. Schwartz, who will report to IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, will be given the mandate to create a new infrastructure within the company "that fully develops and maximizes the business model for "IFC in Theaters" and will oversee all ancillary businesses, including the IFC Entertainment's home video, VOD, and syndication distribution. In February, IFC Entertainment launched "IFC in Theaters" creating a national art house for first-run independent films. The initiative marked the first time selected ind...

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    The Guardian: UK film company set up to ride growing digital wave

    A new British film company, Slingshot, opens for business this week with an ambitious pledge to produce 10 feature films over the next three years - a goal it hopes to achieve with a business model unique to [the UK]: producing and distributing digital feature films. Few deny that the future of the ...

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    Reuters: Director Anger to be honored at Outfest

    Director Kenneth Anger has been chosen as the recipient of the 10th annual Outfest Achievement Award, which will be presented at Outfest 2006's opening-night gala July 6 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Reuters reports.

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    AP: Marine in "Fahrenheit 9/11" Killed

    A Marine and one-time recruiter who appeared in Michael Moore's documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11" has died in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar, 30, died Monday of wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq's volatile Anbar province, the Defense Department sa...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Dinello, Director of "Strangers with Candy"

    Paul Dinello's "Strangers with Candy" had its origins as a television series on Comedy Central. Starring Amy Sedaris, the series and movie (a prequel to the television show) is a comedy about a 47 year-old ex-junkie and con who returns home after 32 years as a runaway and enrolls in high school afte...

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    Reuters: Paramount mulls control of MTV, Nick film units

    Film studio Paramount Pictures and parent Viacom Inc. are considering whether to consolidate sister companies MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies under Paramount, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Combining the operations would help streamline film distribution and marketing, and more closely align the tw...

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    Reuters: Venice fest plans "Infamous" curtain-raiser

    The world premiere of writer-director Douglas McGrath's "Infamous," a biopic about writer Truman Capote, will open the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. The film will screen August 31 as the Horizon Selection at the Venice event. It stars Toby Jones as Capote and features a star-studded cast including Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Lee Pace, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Juliet Stevenson and Sigourney Weaver. The feature is based on George Plimpton's book "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Caree...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: Words of Wisdom From Harrison Ford; "Beyond Conviction"; and Are Costumes Fashion?

    Hollywood was again in the spotlight at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival Monday night in Southern California. Big-time director George Lucas welcomed festival filmmakers to Skywalker Ranch last week for the pre-fest retreat, and on Monday Han Solo himself joined participants for the annual Filmmak...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Reveals 26 Titles for 31st Edition

    Twenty-six international film selections that previously premiered at major film festivals worldwide are slated to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 7 - 16. In the first glimpse of the 31st edition of the anticipated annual event, 25 of the titles revealed wil...

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    Dimension Goes for Teen Sex Comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested"

    Dimension Films has acquired all rights to writer-directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's teen sketch sex comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested," which stars an ensemble cast lead by Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Jamie Kennedy ("Scream" trilogy) Matthew Lillard ("Scream"). Andy Samberg and Will Forte who star in "Saturday Night Live," wrote segments of the screenplay with Epstein, Jacobson, John Solomon and fellow "SNL" writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The film marks the directorial debut of Epstein and Jacobson, who co-wrote "Not Another Teen Movie." Barry Littman, executive vice president of business and legal aff...

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