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    24 Films Set to Screen in New York's Human Rights Watch Fest

    Twenty-four features and documentaries from 19 countries will screen at the New York edition of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival June 8 - 22 at the Walter Reade Theater. Highlights from the fest include a benefit screening of "The Refugee All Stars" by Zach Niles and Banker White about a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who, after being displaced by war, form a band while living in a refugee camp in Guinea. Also slated is the story of two Somali families who journey from a refugeee camp to the U.S. in "Rain in a Dry Land." This year's Nestor Almendros Prize for "courage in filmmaking" will be presented to James Longley,...

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    AFP: Da Vinci Code release sparks calls for fatal hunger strikes in India

    A Catholic group called on Christians to starve themselves to death in protest at the release of "The Da Vinci Code" at cinemas in India as others burned copies of the novel. The Catholic Secular Forum said it hoped thousand of people would attend a protest Wednesday in Mumbai to burn effigies of Da...

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    Cannes's Surprising Currents: Italy, Australia and Romania May Make Strongest Waves at '06 Fest

    Italy, Australia and Romania are the hotbeds of world cinema, with Spain and Mexico not far behind, while Middle Eastern and Asian movies have lost their luster. That is, of course, if you believe the films chosen to screen at next week's Cannes Film Festival can be taken as a sign of cinematic pros...

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    "Army" Entrenches; "Art School" Paints Colorful Box office Palette

    A trio of newcomers entered the top tier of the iW BOT last weekend in limited release, with Sony Pictures Classics' "Art School Confidential" leading the pack in the second position on the chart, and First Look's "The Proposition" placing a solid third, followed by ThinkFilm's "Down in the Valley."...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: indieWIRE at Cannes '06 - Online, In Print, Daily

    This year in Cannes, indieWIRE will be publishing daily film festival coverage both online and in print (May 17 - 28, 2006).

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    Focus Goes for "Talk To Me"

    Focus Features annouced Monday that it will handle domestic distribution for Kasi Lemmons "Talk To Me," set to begin filming next month. Starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film is from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and the Mark Gordon Company. It was written by Michael Genet, with revisions by Rick Famuyiwa and Lemmons (according to Focus). Kimmel International will handle foreign rights to the film at Cannes next week. In an announcement Monday, the film was described as, "the powerful real-life story of Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Green (to be portrayed by Mr. Cheadle), an outspoken ex-con who talked his way into becoming an iconic radio ...

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    The New Warner Independent Pictures Emerges, With Cohen At The Helm

    Aiming for a new philosophy at Warner Independent Pictures, studio production president Jeff Robinov officially announced Monday that Polly Cohen, one of his key production executives at the studio, will head Warner Bros. Pictures three-year-old Indiewood label. The move comes just a few days after ...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Ptak Leaves CAA for Arsenal

    John Ptak is leaving CAA after 15 years to join Philip Elway in forming Arsenal, described (in an announcement) as, "a strategic consultancy that will advise producers, equity funds and distribution companies on the growth of their businesses, as well as the financing and distribution arrangements o...

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    "A Lion in the House" Picked up for U.S. Release by Online Journal, Reverse Shot

    Online film journal Reverse Shot has announced its first foray into theatrical distribution with the acquisition of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's critically acclaimed documentary "A Lion in the House." Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in January, the film has since gone on to share the best documentary prize at the Nashville Film Festival and taken special jury nods at both the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival in addition to an audience award at the recently completed Hot Docs in Toronto. It will see television broadcast on PBS' "Independent Lens" in late June. The film pr...

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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. Thre...

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