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    IFP To Honor Cuban & Wagner at '06 Gothams

    IFP announced today that it will honor 2929 Entertainment's Todd Wagner & Mark Cuban with a Gotham Award at the 16th Annual Gotham Awards ceremony, November 29th in Manhattan. Through their Wagner/Cuban Companies the duo own 2929, Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and HDNet Films, among other ho...

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    The Guardian Interview: Cillian Murphy

    He has won over fans, directors and fellow actors alike and his latest film, Ken Loach's "The Wind that Shakes the Barley", won the Palme d'Or last month at the Festival de Cannes. The 30-year-old Irishman, recently named one of Hollywood's most valuable players, tells Sean O'Hagan that the fame gam...

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    SF360: Tuesday: Julian Hernandez's "Broken Sky" and Joao Pedro Rodrigues's "Two Drifters" at the SF

    Two of the more ambitious movies at this year's San Francisco International LGBT Film Festivalprove that the handy (perhaps overly so) critical phrase "sophomore slump" is never entirely true. If even true at all: Joao Pedro Rodrigues's "Two Drifters," a follow-up to his 2000 debut feature "O Fantas...

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    Confessions of a Festival Juror: Raves and Faves from Toronto's Premier Short Fest

    The jury had no trouble deciding that director Greg Spottiswood's Genie-nominated short "Noise" should take home the award for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2006 Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival, which took place June 13th -18th in Toronto, Ontario. It was the Jackson-Triggs Aw...

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    indieWIRE BOT: "Wordplay" Tops List in NYC Debut; "Truth" & "Prairie" Remain Solid Summer Alternativ

    Opening to a hometown crowd in New York last weekend, "Wordplay" -- the documentary about Will Shortz, New York Times crosswords editor -- left audiences spellbound. The IFC Films release, directed by Patrick Creadon, debuted in first place on this week's indieWIRE BOT which tracks independent/speci...

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    IFC Films and fuse to Co-Release "Brothers of the Head"

    IFC Films and music television network fuse, announced Tuesday that Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton's rock-odyssey feature, "Brothers of the Head," will open in theatres as a co-release on July 28th at the IFC Center in New York, followed by the NuArt in L.A. August 4th as well as other select locations. The project marks IFC Films and fuse's first co-release and fuse's first foray into feature films. Both entities are Rainbow Media companies. IFC and fuse will collaborate on all marketing initiatives with fuse dedicating substantial airtime to content premieres, special promotions and exclusive clips. The fuse brand will be incorporated in all ...

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    Sony Classics Acquires Francis Verber's "The Valet" for U.S.

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired from Gaumont the U.S. rights to "The Valet" (La Doublure) directed and written by Francis Veber ("The Closet"). According to SPC, “'The Valet' focuses around Veber's reoccurring protagonist Francois Pignon, who this time is played by Gad Elmaleh. Pignon and his best friend Richard (Dany Boon) are unassuming car valets at a posh Paris restaurant. After a paparazzi photograph of tycoon Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is published kissing the famous Elena, (Alice Taglioni) who also happens to be his mistress, the tycoon needs an airtight excuse to avert his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) from divorcing him. E...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Lian Lunson, Director of "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man"

    Fresh from a run on the fest circuit that has included stops in Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin (among many others) is Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary about the acclaimed and influential musician. Opening this Wednesday at Film Forum in New York, the movie is anchored at a th...

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    Echo Lake Adds Management Unit

    Mike Marcus will join the renamed Echo Lake Entertainment to head the newly formed Echo Lake Management. Echo Lake founder and president Doug Mankoff will continue to run the finance and production operation with EVP Andrew Spaulding. Amotz Zakai will serve as a VP at Echo Lake Management. Clients j...

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    "Balance" and "Holiday Beach" Receive $25K McKnight Artist Fellowship Grants

    IFP Minnesota announced the two recipients of The McKnight Artist Fellowship for Screenwriters Competition. Zach Hammill's "Balance" is about a man who travels constantly for work in order to avoid problems at home. On a routine trip he meets Gillian, a radio producer who hides troubles of her own behind a mask of constant cheer. Together, they attempt to figure out each other, their families, and themselves. Steven Larson and Gary Jenneke's "Holiday Beach" is a drama based upon events that took place on a desolate Navy radio base on Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1962. It recounts the terror faced by young sailors at the hand of a fellow sailor an...

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