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    Magnolia Planning Summer '06 Release of "The Pusher Trilogy"

    Magnolia Pictures announced today the acquisitions of Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Pusher Trilogy," comprised of three feature films: "Pusher," "With Blood on My Hands," and "The Angel of Death." Set in the Danish underworld, the overlapping stories feature actors who were once actual criminals. Supp...

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    NY Times: Making Moves at Paramount

    Brad Grey may have an image problem, but he says it is not something that has him terribly worried. In March, Mr. Grey, the former talent manager who is now chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, was criticized for the way he handled the ouster of a well-liked senior executive. In the fall, some producers complained he was not developing movies quickly enough to fill Paramount's 2006 slate. Mr. Grey believes he has a plan for reviving Paramount, which in 2004 ranked seventh in domestic box-office receipts. And the plan is similar to the one he had as a talent manager aggressively guiding the careers of A-list actors like Brad Pit...

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    The Guardian: Al Gore: the second coming

    Celebrity took an unusually nerdy form at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The man everyone wanted to meet, talk to and be seen with wasn't a film star or daring new director. It was a politician, who is in his sixth year of retirement and more famous for what he didn't achieve than for what he did. Al Gore has been to Sundance before, but never as a leading man. This year he was appearing in "An Inconvenient Truth," a 90-minute star-vehicle documentary. "An Inconvenient Truth" sold out at Sundance and received standing ovations. The Q&As with Gore following the screenings were packed. "The reception he got was extraordinary," says the fil...

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    Reuters: "Brokeback" scribe's friends reluctant to see film

    "Brokeback Mountain" co-screenwriter and producer Diana Ossana, said some of her own friends and family in places other than "the coasts" have had a hard time coming to grips with the homosexual love story at the film's center. "I finally had to say to them, 'It's just a movie. What do you think is ...

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    AP: Clooney Honored at Santa Barbara Film Fest

    Wrapping a week that included receiving three Oscar nominations, George Clooney traveled up the coast to collect the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "It's a bad week to be me," Clooney joked with AP Television News at the Friday night ceremony. "Yeah, it's bee...

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    SXSW Film Festival Unveils Line Up; "Prairie" and "Dreamz" Bookend Event

    The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) has unveiled its full lineup, including 50 world premieres and 115 features slated for this year's event taking place March 10 - 18. As previously announced, SXSW will open with the North American premiere of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," an ...

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    "Brokeback" and "Capote" Win WGA Awards

    The Writers Guild Awards were presented last night by The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAW). The guild honored Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco with the award for original screenplay, while the prize for adapted screenplay went to Larry McMurtry & Diana O...

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    DISPATCH FROM ROTTERDAM: Looking Into The Darkness at the 35th IFFR

    There's something for everyone at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) although as one festival-goer put it, the fest does tend towards the "dark side." In fact, it took me until almost a week in before I found a film that had me feeling uplifted at the finish. That's not to say dark fil...

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    "Walking on the Wild Side," "The Dog Pound" and "Old Joy" Take Rotterdam Tigers

    Awards for the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced Friday evening Dutch time. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were presented to "Walking on the Wild Side" (Lia Xiao Zi) by Han Jie (China, France), "The Dog Pound" (La Perrera) by Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, Spain), and "Old Joy" by Kelly Reichardt (United States). Each VPRO Tiger Award comes with a prize of 10,000 euros and guaranteed broadcast by Dutch public television network VPRO. The jury of the international association of film critics FIPRESCI awarded its prize to "Madeinusa" by Claudia Llosa (Peru, Spain). Fourteen films by first or second filmmakers...

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    "Saint Ralph," "Crash" Win Kudos at Cinematheque Ontario

    At an award ceremony held Thursday night at Cinematheque Ontario organized by Film Circuit, the 2005 Mackenzie Investments Film Circuit People's Choice Awards were presented to writer/director Michael McGowan's "Saint Ralph" for best Canadian film and director Paul Haggis' "Crash" for best international film. Mackenzie Investments has been a sponsor of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group since September, 2005. Founded in 1992, Film Circuit has been bringing Canadian and international films to smaller communities across Canada reaching over 350,000 film fans annually at nearly 3,000 screenings in 176 circ...

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