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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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    "A Wonderful Night in Split" and "Taimagura Grandma" Take RiverRun Fest Honors

    Croatian director Arsen Anton Ostojic's "A Wonderful Night in Split" and Japanese director Yoshiko Sumikawa's "Taimagura Grandma" took the juried prizes for best narrative and best documentary film at the recently completed 2006 RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. In other pri...

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    Fellini Doc to Have World Premiere at Beverly Hills Film Festival

    The sixth annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival will kick off April 5th with the world premiere of "Verso La Luna Con Fellini" (Towards the Moon with Fellini) on April 5th, at the Writers Guild Theater. The festival's 2006 roster includes 40 competition films. The comical documentary features the late Italian director Federico Fellini shooting his last film, "La Voce della Luna." After 14 years of gathering dust in the archives, "Verso" is being brought to light by co-producer and actress Christina Engelhardt, who worked with Fellini for eight years and became part of his inner circle. For more information and a full line up, visi...

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    Sony BMG Gets "Sasquatch"

    Tim Skousen's "Sasquatch Dumpling Gang," which debuted at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, has been acquired by Sony BMG Entertainment's film division. The movie, a double award winner at the recent U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival in Aspen, was produced by Jeremy Coon ("Napoleon Dynamite" along w...

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    Lange Set for Lincoln Center Tribute

    Jessica Lange will be honored this year with a special tribute at the annual Gala hosted each Spring by New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center. The event will be held on April 17th. In a statement today, Film Society gala director Wendy Keys said in a statement:

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    Six Months and One Oscar Later, Battsek and the New Miramax

    "Meet the New Boss, Not as Nuts as the Old Boss," quipped a headline in the cheeky movie industry blog, Defamer, atop a recent posting about new Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek. Indeed, among the first comments voiced by those who talk about Battsek is the fact that he is no Harvey Weinstein....

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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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