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    Three Years into Conflict, Iraq War Docs Abound

    This month marks three years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, and as the bloody occupation continues with no clear end in sight, more and more documentary filmmakers are coming forth with projects that offer their take on the conflict. At the SXSW Film Festival, which concluded ten days ago in Au...

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    "Russian Dolls" and "Coastlines" Join IFC's Day and Date Program

    IFC Entertainment announced today that both Victor Nunez's "Coastlines" and Cedric Klapisch's "Russian Dolls" will be added to its new day and date distribution banner, IFC First Take. The two will be distributed theatrically and on demand simultaneously in May. Last January, IFC Entertainment became one of the only film studios to embrace the day and date concept and detail a broad multi-picture day date strategy. In 2006, IFC will distribute a series of twenty-four independent films allowing people outside of New York, Los Angeles, and various film festivals to view the films. Today's announcement joins a slate of films that already inc...

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    "Smoking" Still Atop BOT, "Kabul" and "'Enfant" Show Promise

    In a tough competitive environment for specialty films, with more than 70 in the theatrical marketplace, Fox Searchlight's political, satirical "Thank You For Smoking" continues to be the runaway success story in its second week of release. It finished first on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Track...

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    "A Little Piece of Heaven," "Iraq in Fragments" and "A Lion in the House" Take Honors at Cleveland I

    Czech film "A Little Piece of Heaven" by Peter Nikolaev and James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments" took the 30th Cleveland International Film Festival's Eastern European Film Competition and the Documentary Film Competition prizes respectively over the weekend. The fest took place in Cleveland March 16 - 26. Also taking accolades were Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar's doc "A Lion in the House" (special jury award), and Ian Inaba's "American Blackout" (The Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition). Radu Mihaileanu's "Live and Become" won the audience award. indieWIRE will publish an extended winners and festival article later this week. ...

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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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    Landmark Theatres Opens New York Office; Hires Bunnell and Raddatz

    Landmark Theatres has opened a New York City office, and has hired Lisa Bunnell as its east coast film buyer and Melissa Raddatz as its director of publicity, Landmark Theatres CEO Bill Banowsky announced Monday. Reporting directly to Ted Mundorff, Landmark Theatres vice president of film and head film buyer, Ms. Bunnell will primarily be responsible for booking all east coast Landmark screens and sites. She joins Mundorff's team of Mike McClellan, Mabel Tam, Ruth Hayler, and Mark Valen. Bunnell was most recently a senior film buyer at Loews Cineplex Entertainment. Raddatz, who recently worked on the Oscar campaign for "Enron: The Smartest Gu...

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    A Neo-Noir High School Tale: Rian Johnson's "Brick"

    Maybe it says more about the state of American cinema than my own viewing habits, but I can't remember the last time I saw a movie as purely and perfectly entertaining as Rian Johnson's Sundance prize-winning debut feature, "Brick." No slight meant to the writer-director--who happily harbors no pret...

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    "The Proposition" and "King Leopold's Ghost" Among Top Winners in Bermuda

    "The Proposition," by Australian director John Hillcoat, won the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award for best narrative feature at the ninth annual Bermuda International Film Festival the event announced recently. American director Pippa Scott's "King Leopold's Ghost" took best documentary feature and "Avatar" by director Lluis Quilez of Spain won the "M3 Wireless Bermuda Shorts Award." Hillcoat took home a $5,000 cash prize, while Quilez took home $3,000. The festival's Audience Choice Award went to Miramax's "Kinky Boots," by first-time director Julian Jarrold. Bermuda took place March 17 - 25, screening 74 films from 34 countries. For more info...

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    A Natural Love Story: Matthew Barney Talks About "Drawing Restraint 9"

    Hailed by The New York Times as "the most important American artist of his generation," Matthew Barney has created a series of recent art films that offer some of the more striking images seen in cinema today, often with himself in a lead role. The recent "Cremaster Cycle" films, and now "Drawing Re...

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    Robert Altman to Receive Sarasota Film Festival Salute

    It's going to be a big celeb scene at the upcoming Sarasota Film Festival (March 31 – April 9). Director Robert Altman will be saluted at the event during the final weekend where his latest film, the Picturehouse release of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" will screen as the closing nig...

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