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    Pastor Brothers At Paramount

    John Lesher, president of Paramount's new, unnamed specialty division, has announced a deal to bring a new project by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, "The Untitled Pastor Project," to the company. The film, described as "a topical post-apocalyptic thriller," is being produced by This Is That's Anthony Bregman. Alex Pastor will direct the script, further described as the story of, "four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American west who ultimately discover that they are more dangerous to each other than any virus." Alex Pastor recently won the jury prize for international short for his film, "The Natural Route" (La Ruta Natural)....

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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. Four...

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    Major Changes for Wellspring As Weinstein Controlled Genius Pulls Plug on Existing Theatrical Distri

    The recent move by The Weinstein Company to own a DVD distribution company will result in the closing of the existing theatrical distribution divsion at Wellspring, the U.S. distributor of independent, foreign language, and documentary films. Wellspring is understood to be moving away from theatrica...

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    Silvercup Studios Unveils New Production Studio Complex for Queens Waterfront

    Silvercup Studios announced it will build a new television and film production studio complex on the Long Island City waterfront in Queens, the group announced today. The complex will include over two million square-foot "mixed-use development with eight new soundstages, other production and studio support space as well as residential apartments, commercial office space and a home for a cultural institution," the company revealed. Known as Silvercup West, the project today officially began the city's seven-month public Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP). Silvercup Studios is co-owned by Alan Suna and Stuart Match Suna. "The expansion of ...

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    AFP: French icon Deneuve surprised by 'Brokeback' success in US

    Legendary French screen star Catherine Deneuve said she was surprised that Oscar-contending gay cowboy film "Brokeback Mountain" had become a hit with audiences in the United States. "I didn't think it would be so successful," Denueve told reporters at the fourth Bangkok International Film Festival where she will be presented with a Golden Kinnaree Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Friday. "I suppose it's the right film at the right time for the American (film market)," said the 62-year-old star. "You wouldn't think that because of homophobia it could be popular," she said. "But it's also one of the strengths of the American people th...

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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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