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    78th Academy Award Winners

    Best picture: "Crash"Directing: Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"Actress: "Reese Witherspoon" ("Walk The Line")Supporting actress: Rachel Weisz ("Constant Gardener")Actor: "Philip Seymour Hoffman" ("Capote")Supporting actor: George Clooney ("Syriana")Adapted screenplay: "Brokeback Mountain"Original screenplay: "Crash"Foreign language film: "Tsotsi"Documentary: "March of The Penguins"Animated feature: "Wallace & Gromit"Art direction: "Memoirs of a Geisha"Cinematography: "Memoirs of a Geisha"Costume design: "Memoirs of a Geisha"Documentary short: "A Note of Triumph"Flm editing: "Crash"Makeup: "Chronicles of Narnia"Original score: "Brokeback Mountai...

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    "Brokeback," "Capote," "Crash," "Transamerica" Honored With Spirit Awards

    For the first time in memory, the Independent Spirit Awards honored a group of films that are likely to dominate the Academy Awards. Presented each year on the eve of the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards (presented by the recently re-branded Film Independent) honor work made outside the Hollywo...

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    "Akeelah" and "Sweet Land" Bookend 30th Cleveland International Film Festival

    Lionsgate Films' "Akeelah and the Bee" will open the 30th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 16th the event unveiled Friday. The film is described by the festival as "a heart-warming drama directed by Doug Atchison and starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer, is set to open nationwide on April 28th. Closing the festival March 26th is "Sweet Land," described as "set post WWI in Minnesota, about a Swedish emigrant who is a farm owner and needs a wife to fill his home and fulfill his dreams of America." The festival takes place in Cleveland March 16 - 26. indieWIRE will publish an extended festiv...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Endore-Kaiser at Paramount's Specialty Division

    Guy Endore-Kaiser has joined Paramount's currently unnamed specialty division as Senior Vice President, Creative Advertising. He spent three years at ad agency The Ant Farm and attended Wesleyan and USC.

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    Film Community Mourns Passing of Garrett Scott; Spirit Award Nominee Died Yesterday

    A festive and celebratory weekend for the independent film community was sadly interrupted today with news of the death of documentary filmmaker Garrett Scott. An Independent Spirit Awards nominee for "Occupation: Dreamland," a film he co-directed with Ian Olds, Garrett Scott died an accidental deat...

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    Weinstein Company Sketches "Arthur and the Minimoys" in English Territories

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in all English speaking territories to the CGI animated family film "Arthur and the Minimoys," based on Luc Besson's best selling children's book by the same title. The screenplay was adapted by Besson, the award winning writer/director/producer behind such ...

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    Lassie to Prance the Red Carpet at Sprockets

    Eternally famous canine Lassie will walk the red carpet during opening night at the ninth annual Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children to celebrate her new film April 21st. Based on Eric Knight's classic novel "Lassie Come Home", "Lassie" will have its North American premiere at Sprockets. The film is directed and adapted by Charles Sturridge, and stars Lassie, Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage. Sprockets, which is organized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, runs from April 21st to April 30th. Sprockets offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about film and cultural perspectives ...

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    The Guardian: And the Award doesn't go to...

    Behind every Oscar winner stands someone - unnamed, unthanked - who taught them everything they know. Leo Benedictus talks to Robert McKee, Ivana Chubbuck, Tory Metzger, and Cynthia Swartz, four of Hollywood's key backroom players.

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    AP: Asian Filmmakers Fight Back Vs. Hollywood

    Faced with the threat of big-budget Hollywood productions, ethnic Chinese filmmakers are fighting back by closing ranks and pooling talent, money and ideas with their Asian counterparts. The strategy: casting big-name Japanese and Korean stars with regional appeal alongside Chinese actors to target more markets across the region and forming creative alliances that can create better movies and appeal to a broader range of investors. As a result, budgets and quality are going up and, in turn, raising the prospect of opening up foreign markets and of even challenging Hollywood in the world entertainment industry. The rise of Korean film and pop ...

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    National Film Board of Canada Awards Two Filmmakers with Feature Documentary Fund

    The National Film Board of Canada announced its two winners for the Feature Documentary Fund, which awards filmmakers $800,000 towards the production of their documentary. This year's chosen projects were "Basement Tapes," directed by Brett Gaylor, and "Love at the Starlite Motel," by Alison Rose. "Basement Tapes" explores the corporate control of music in the record industry and then advocates for a free public domain where people can create and share music online without getting stopped by copyright laws. The other winning documentary, "Love at the Starlite Motel," comments on Latin American attitudes towards love and sex. The film takes a ...

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