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    The Guardian: US bars United 93 star from premiere

    An Iraqi actor who stars in "United 93," Paul Greengrass's new film about one of the planes hijacked on September 11, has been refused entry into the US for the movie's premiere. UK-based Lewis Alsamari has been told he will not get a visa for this week's screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The ...

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    "A Time for Celebration": Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Three Times"

    The buzz coming out of Cannes last year was that "Three Times," a triptych of love stories set in different periods, would finally nab Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien a long deserved Palme d'Or. Hou left empty-handed, but eventually landed a prize just as evasive: a U.S. release. A recapitulation o...

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    TRIBECA '06: Ever Expanding, Tribeca Fest Heads Uptown As It Hits Year Five

    When the Tribeca Film Festival launched five years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, it was just a five-day event offering about 75 feature films. Established to boost the injured Lower Manhattan neighborhood adjacent to the World Trade Center, the festival sold about 35,000 tickets and boosted income i...

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    West Coast Debuts of "Neverwas" and "Illusionist" Bookend 7th Newport Beach Film Festival

    The 7th Newport Beach Film Festival opened Thursday night with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Michael Stern's "Neverwas," starring Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Lange, Sir Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy and Nick Nolte. The festival will screen over 350 films from around the world April 20 - 30. The fest winds up April 27 with the West Coast debut of romantic mystery "The Illusionist" by Neil Burger, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and the awards gala will follow the next day. The fest will also host two days of encore screenings on April 29 and 30. NBFF hosted the U.S. premiere last year of Academy Award-winning best picture, "Crash." Fo...

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    Asian American Films Spearhead VC Fest in LA

    L.A.'s VC FilmFest: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will screen a record number of feature films from Asian American filmmakers, organizers have announced. The 22nd edition of the festival, taking place May 4 - 11 will showcase 140 films, shorts and videos with 16 feature films from 18 A...

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    A Few Good Lists For Tribeca's Top Picks

    Time Out New York magazine, The New York Times and The Village Voice have compiled lists of their tops picks for the Tribeca Film Festival to help moviegoers weed through this year's extensive offerings. Here are some films that made it on to more than one list: John Malkovich returns in Brian Cook's "Colour Me Kubrick" as the conman Alan Conway who successfully passed himself off as the director Stanley Kubrick; Emmanuelle Bercot's "Backstage" provides a dose of celebrity culture in a film about the intertwining lives of a suburban teen and her pop star idol; "Brothers Of The Head" by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe is the bizarre story of conjo...

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    CANNES '06: Previewing The 59th Festival de Cannes, 61 Films From Some 30 Countries

    With just under a month before the 59th Festival de Cannes kicks off in the South of France, organizers unveiled the anticipated lineup for the annual event, a high point on the festival calendar and a leading marketplace for new films. Offering a total 61 films from some 30 countries that will scre...

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    Focus Scoops Woody Allen's "Scoop" for the U.S. Oz and New Zealand

    Focus Features has acquired U.S. Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to writer/director Woody Allen's latest film, "Scoop," currently in post-production, company president James Schamus announced Thursday. The film, shot on location last summer in London, stars Allen, Hugh Jackman (from the upcoming "X-Men: The Last Stand"), Scarlett Johansson (who starred in Allen's last effor, "Match Point"), and Ian McShane ("Deadwood"). Described as a "comtemporary comedy," Johansson plays a student journalist for a college newspaper. While visiting friends in London, she happens upon 'the scoop of a lifetime.' In the course of her investigatio...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: Fonda and "Sir" Support War Vets Then and Now; "Ping Pong" And More Debuting in Theat

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is a new column from indieWIRE, covering films debuting this week in theaters.]

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    Sundance Institute Announces Eight Projects for 2006 Summer Lab

    The Sundance Institute has selected eight projects from emerging and established playwrights to participate in the Sundance Institute Summer Laboratory held at the Sundance Resort in Utah July 10-30. Also attending the lab will be this year's Playwright-in-Residence Tanya Barfield and Russian director/producer Eduard Boyakov. The eight plays selected include: "Asymmetrical Battlefield," by Stephen Belber and directed by Lucie Tiberghien about an American reservist just back from Iraq and a Saudi-American citizen investigating a mysterious death; "Citizen Josh," an autobiography about rescuing democracy by Josh Kornbluth and directed by David ...

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