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    "Friends" Wins Best Feature at Comedy Fest

    At the recent U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Nicole Holofcener's "Friends With Money" won the prize for best feature from the fest jury, while Niall Johnson's "Keeping Mum" won the best screenplay prize. Bruce Leddy's "Shut Up and Sing won the audience award. Tim Skousen's "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang,"...

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    Reuters: All-star cast set for "March of Penguins" spoof

    Actor Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to narrate an upcoming spoof of the Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" with an all-star supporting voice cast, independent studio ThinkFilm said on Friday. "Farce of the Penguins," mixing archival wildlife footage with an R-rated screenplay writte...

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    AP: Spurlock Lecture Causes Stir at Pa. School

    The filmmaker who ate nothing but McDonald's meals for his Oscar-nominated film, "Super Size Me," gave a profanity-laced, politically incorrect speech at a suburban Philadelphia high school, but not everyone was lovin' it. Speaking at Hatboro-Horsham High School's first-ever health fair, Morgan Spur...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Lawsuit Claims Focus 'Movie Laundering Scheme'

    Expect to hear a lot more about this...Actor Randy Quaid has filed a lawsuit against Focus Features, claiming that he was misled about Brokeback Mountain being a small movie in what his lawyers are calling a "movie laundering scheme". In court documents filed yesterday in Los Angeles (and published by AOL's TMZ.com), Quaid's lawsuit (seeking $10 millon in damages) reads:Producers James Schamus and David Linde, by and through Focus Features, LLC, and Del Mar Productions, succeeded in obtaining Randy Quaid's performance in 'Brokeback Mountain' by falsely representing it as a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money. Yet,...

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    Four-Letter Word Film Acquired by THINKFilm; Doc Set for Theatrical Release, Showtime Deal Also Inke

    THINKFilm has acquired worldwide rights to Steve Anderson's "FUCK," the doc about the four-letter expletive that debuted last year at the AFI FEST and screened last week at SXSW. The film features interviews with Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T, Ron Jere...

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    "The Cruise" At Midnight Friday & Saturday

    Earlier this week we touted "Capote" director Bennett Miller's appearance to sign DVDs in New York City...not to be overlooked is this weekend's midnight screenings of Miller's doc, "The Cruise," scheduled for Friday and Saturday night's at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan. As mentioned earlier...

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    Sundance Cinemas Gets SF's Kabuki

    Sundance Cinemas has announced its purchase of San Francisco's Kabuki 8 Theater. The uptstart art cinema chain announced a deal to take over the site from AMC Theaters after this years San Francisco International Film Festival, making it the second location for the new national outlet. The company is currently under construction on a 6-screen site in Madison, WI. The new Sundance Kabuki is set to open in November. The new 8 screen Sundance venue in SF will open this fall, according to an announcement today. "The Kabuki is a dream location for Sundance," said Sundance Cinemas CEO Paul Richardson. "The theatre has a great location central to al...

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    Altman's Latest: "Prairie Home Companion"

    Robert Altman's new film, fresh from screenings at the Berlin and SXSW film fests, is gearing up for a summer release. The folks at Picturehouse sent over a link to the film's trailer, so here it is (available now on AOL). We caught the film in Berlin, and in the indieWIRE Dispatch published from the fest, co-star Meryl Streep said during a press conference, "I feel really proud of the movie and I think its properly subversive and its very human," adding that the movie, about the end of Garrison Keillor long-running radio variety show, "I think its properly subversive and very human. It relies on humor and music to communicate what's being lo...

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    Mangold to be Honored at MoMA

    Fresh from his recent success with "Walk the Line, filmmaker James Mangold will be honored with a mid-career tribute at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The event on Tuesday, May 23rd will include an on stage conversation with writer/actor Anna Deavere Smith, as well as film clips. Among Mangol...

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    "Street Fight" Set for Ironweed April

    Ironweed Films will distribute Marshall Curry's Oscar-nominated doc about the heated battle to become mayor of Newark, NJ, "Street Fight", as the April feature in its monthly DVD film club. The film, currently screening in theaters, won audience prizes at the Tribeca and Hot Docs fests last year. Ir...

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