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    SF Chronicle: Harris, Herzog, and Carriere Take SFIFF Tributes

    "It may have been the sunglasses or his determined gait, but Ed Harris managed to stroll all over downtown San Francisco and Chinatown on Thursday heading toward the bay without once being recognized. But there was no escaping attention that evening when the San Francisco International Film Festival...

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    The Guardian: Who's Who in the Cannes '06 Competition

    From Almodovar to Linklater, Ken Loach to Sofia Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Nicole Garcia and Aki Kaurismaki and more, The Guardian profiles the directors in the running for this year's Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or.

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    Reuters: "Art School" offers movie antidote for "M:i III"

    Take heart, art house movie fans: Big bad Tom Cruise and his Hollywood thriller "Mission: Impossible III" is not the only film in theaters on Friday. Small-time director Terry Zwigoff, whose low-budget films have won fans with quirky tales about people living on the edge of mainstream America, sees ...

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    Former Showtime Exec Launches Bridge Films to Acquire non-English Remake Film Rights

    Former Showtime executive Matt Riklin has launched the first company that will exclusively seek out and acquire remake rights for non-English language films. The new company, Bridge Films -- which is being financed with private equity -- employs 10 "agents," who will canvas Asia and Latin America as a whole and, individually in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Spain, attending festivals and tracking box office. Acquired product will then be brought to U.S. studios. Bridge Films has already optioned remake rights to three films, including Dutch director Japp van Eyck's "Flirt," Toronto Film Festiv...

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    NewFest '06 to Open with "Strangers with Candy"

    The 18th edition of NewFest, New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, will open June 1st with the New York premiere of Paul Dinello's "Strangers with Candy," the event's executive producer Basil Tsiokos announced Wednesday. Starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Dinello (who directed and co-wrote the film wtih Colbert), the film is a "A prequel to the Comedy Central series of the same name about Jerri Blank (Sedaris), a forty-seven year old ex-con, junky whore who decides to return home after thirty-two years as a runaway and decides to turn her life around by picking it up exactly where she left off - as a high sch...

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    NY Times: Film Ignites the Wrath of Hindu Fundamentalists

    Director Deepa Mehta's "'Water' [is] a lush new film that opened on Friday, about Chuyia, an 8-year-old widow in the India of 1938. She has barely met her husband but is banished by her parents to a decrepit widows' house on the edge of the Ganges. Chuyia is left there sobbing, in one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the film, but she insists her parents will soon return for her... In January 2000 [director] Deepa Mehta was forced to shut down production of 'Water' in Varanasi, one of India's holy cities on the banks of the Ganges, after Hindu nationalists protested that the film was anti-Hindu. Some 500 demonstrators took to the streets...

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    AP: Tribeca Films Show Varying Takes on Iraq

    "Several documentaries playing at the Tribeca Film Festival offer perspectives on the war in Iraq that you won't get from the news. One is 'The War Tapes,' which made its world premiere over the weekend and was shot entirely by members of the New Hampshire National Guard; another, 'The Blood of My Brother,' focuses on a Baghdad family mourning the death of a son, who was shot by U.S. forces while protecting a mosque. Also making its world premiere at Tribeca is 'When I Came Home,' about an Iraq war veteran who returned to Brooklyn suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up living out of his car. Finally there's 'Home Front,' a...

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    Reuters: Film piracy costs Hollywood $6.1 bln: study

    "Hollywood's major movie studios lost $6.1 billion in revenues in 2005 to illegal videos, DVDs and Internet downloads, which is about 75 percent higher than previous estimates, the studios' representative said. In a study released late on Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), wh...

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    Gill Leaving Warner Independent; Surprise Move Raises Questions About Direction for Unit

    Nearly three years after launching Warner Independent Pictures, the company's parent company, Warner Bros. Pictures, announced late Tuesday night that Mark Gill is leaving his post as president of the division. The news came as a complete surprise to people inside and outside of the company, raising...

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    CANNES '06: Line up Set for 38th Directors' Fortnight

    Since 1969, the French Directors Guild has programmed a selection of films in Cannes from around the world, known as the Directors' Fortnight that is independent from the Cannes Official Selection. The line up includes both established new talent as well as filmmakers who are little known in the Wes...

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