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    AFP: Hong Kong hopes to revive ailing film industry

    Hong Kong film workers joined forces to promote the city's largest entertainment event hoping to revive its ailing movie industry. The second Hong Kong Entertainment Expo will be held March 10 through April 19 and will combine film, digital entertainment, music and TV productions. The event will inc...

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    AFP: Oliver Stone says September 11 movie not political

    Director Oliver Stone says he doesn't know if America is ready for his upcoming film about the September 11 terror attacks, but stresses the movie is a human rather than political account of the tragedy. Speaking to an audience during a question and answer session late Monday at the Bangkok International Film Festival, Oliver Stone was asked if Americans were ready for the first major Hollywood film on the subject. "Is America ready for 9/11? Is America ready for gay sex? I don't know," Stone told the audience, referring to Ang Lee's Oscar-nominated cowboy film "Brokeback Mountain" which has been a surprise hit in US cinemas. "It's about a re...

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    NY Times: A First-Time Oscar Host in Search of That Fine Line

    Five years ago, when the staff of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" gathered for the first time to watch the Academy Awards together, the writers spent three hours shouting jokes at the television and lampooning the self-congratulation on display, all in the service of feeding their own show the next day. Virtually the only person they spared was the host, Steve Martin, who had impressed them with one-liners "that had some teeth to them but didn't necessarily make him an unwelcome guest at the party," recalled Ben Karlin, then Mr. Stewart's head writer. In two weeks, like a gadfly who rails against City Hall for years, only to wake up and fin...

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    Tabula Rasa: Rupert Murray's "Unknown White Male"

    On a cold and rainy morning in July, 2003, Douglas Bruce, a 35-year-old stockbroker-turned-photographer, woke to find himself on a subway train headed for Coney Island with no knowledge of who he was or where he was going. In his backpack were dog medicine and a book with a scrap of paper on which s...

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    Watts Joins Spirit Awards Roster

    Naomi Watts has been added to the list of celebs who will attend the Independent Spirit Awards; the actress will serve as honorary chair of this year's awards ceremony on March 4th in Santa Monica. She will also host the annual nominees reception two days earlier. Other celeb presenters on tap for the event include: Thomas Haden Church; Zooey Deschanel; Michael Ealy; Aaron Eckhart; Peter Gallagher; Macy Gray; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard; Ashley Judd; Lisa Kudrow; Jennifer Jason Leigh; Laura Linney; Josh Lucas, Virginia Madsen; Thandie Newton; Sandra Oh; Rosie Perez; Jeremy Piven; Dennis Quaid, Henry Rollins; Peter Sarsgaard, Kevin Smit...

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    Winter Market Doldrums at Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin; U.S. Buyers Wait for Cannes

    "In a word, disappointing," says Strand Releasing co-president Jon Gerrans about this year's winter markets at Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin. "If you look at the number of films that were bought by U.S. companies, it's not much."

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    Theron, Cross, Sloss & Blackwell Join SXSW Panels

    Actress Charlize Theron and actor/comedian David Cross have been added as panelists at the 2006 SXSW Film Conference & Festival, kicking off in early March in Austin, TX. Panels will take place from March 11 - 14 at the Austin Convention Center, while the fest will run from March 10 - 18. Theron, a ...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Wins 4 BAFTA Awards, Including Best Picture

    Tonight in London, "Brokeback Mountain" won four top British Academy Film Awards from BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), nabbing prizes for best picture (Diana Ossana & James Schamus, producers), best director (Ang Lee), adapted screenplay (Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana), and b...

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    "Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear At 2006 Berlinale; Winterbotton & Whitecross Win Directing Prize

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city. The film, from Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the story of a mother and daughter set in post-war Sarajevo.

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    indieWIRE ALERT: "Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear in Berlin

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica" won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city.

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