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    Reuters: Chavez opens Venezuela studios to counter Hollywood

    Lights, camera and... revolution. Signaling from a director's chair, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a film studio complex on Saturday on the outskirts of Caracas to counter the cultural "dictatorship" of Hollywood movie giants. "For Venezuela, action," Chavez called out as the cameras ...

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    IFC Gets Two Argentine Films For First Take

    Fabian Bielinsky's "The Aura" and Daniel Burman's "Family Law," two acclaimed Argentine films, have been added to the slate of IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label launched this year by IFC Entertainment. The deal, with sales company Celluloid Dreams, follows the recent Cannes market ...

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    Newport Fest Turns Nine with "Quinceanera"

    The Newport International Film Festival will kick off its ninth annual festival in the coming days, taking place in the exclusive Rhode Island community. Running Tuesday, June 6th to Sunday, June 11, the six-day fest will include film premieres, panel discussions, and will open with directors Richar...

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    Magnolia Strikes Again With Cannes Market Deal for "Severance"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Christopher Smith's "Severance," a film the company first saw at the recent Marche du Film in Cannes. Magnolia closed the deal for the horror-comedy with HanWay Films. The pact marks the second Cannes deal closed by the company, following its...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Co-directors of "Cavite"

    Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana's "Cavite," which debuted at the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival and then had its North American premiere at SXSW, opened last week in theaters. Today's indieWIRE Interview kicks off a new weekly series of email interviews with directors of new films opening in theaters...

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    Bill Courterie's "Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters" To Open Silverdocs

    Silverdocs, the AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival, has announced the lineup for its 2006 edition, which will kick-off with Bill Couterie's "Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters," about the risky business of filmmaking, featuring candid interviews with George Clooney and Charlize ...

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    Shohei Imamura Dies at 79

    The Guardian reports on the death of Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura at the age of 79. As the article indicates, he is known as an icon of Japan's New Wave, having directed such films as "The Ballad of Narayama" and "The Eel," both of which won the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

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    The Perfect Storm: From Rising Gas Prices To Katrina, "An Inconvenient Truth" Strikes A Timely Nerve

    Al Gore, the self-described "former next President of The United States", has been studying global warming for 40 years, and few people on the planet are as knowledgeable on the subject. Honed into a compelling multimedia lecture, Gore has spent the last several years traveling the world with his p...

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    Gore's Global Warming Warning Scorches the BOT; Bollywood "Fanaa" Breaks Out Big

    At last the independent/specialty film world has a summer-season superhero to match Hollywood's X-Men, Superman, Batman and Spider-Man.

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, 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. Four...

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