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    Cinema Libre Takes Rights to Doc "Giuliani Time"

    Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Kevin Keating's doc "Giuliani Time," which will premiere in New York at the Landmark Sunshine on May 12th the company announced recelntly. The documentary, which screened at the Rotterdam and Vancouver film festivals, examines former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his policies and his often touted turnaround of New York City. Utilizing a range of personalities and experts from high-level city officials to community activists, lawyers and politicians, Keating's film analyzes Giuliani's personal background, his record and the methods he employed to enforce the 'Quality of Life' and 'Zero Toler...

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    Palm Pictures Takes U.S. and Caribbean Rights to Sundance Winner "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time Georgian filmmaker Gela Babluani's "13 (Tzameti)," winner of this year's world cinema grand jury prize for dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Palm Pictures, the company announced Thursday. David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures a...

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    Oscar Winners Diana Ossana and Bobby Moresco and Nominee Josh Olson to Give Keynote at Scriptwriters

    2005 Academy Award winners Diana Ossana (adapted screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain") and Bobby Moresco (original screenplay for "Crash") and nominee Josh Olson (adapted screenplay for "A History of Violence") are slated to impart their knowlege with writers as keynote speakers at the "Scriptwriters...

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    "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" To Kick-Off Toronto's 2006 Festival

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival will open on September 7, 2006 with the world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," festival organizers announced today (Wednesday). Planners are getting a jump on scheduling this year, locking in the anticipated ...

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    NYUFF Runs Through March 14 at Anthology Film Archives

    The 13th annual New York Underground Film Festival is taking place at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East Village March 8 - 14. This year, the event will showcase well over 100 titles in a variety of genres. For more information and a full schedule and descriptions, visit their website.

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    NY Times: Opponents of DeLay Make Use of a Film

    A documentary about the Texas criminal investigation that led to the indictment of Representative Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, on campaign fund-raising charges is being put to use by Mr. DeLay's political opponents in an attempt to unseat him. The film, "The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress," will be distributed this spring by the Hollywood producer and liberal provocateur Robert Greenwald, whose last release was a scathing attack on Wal-Mart sponsored by a variety of labor unions and other groups critical of the retailing giant. The film will not follow a traditional theatrical rollout but will instead open in a few citi...

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    AP: Lee: "Brokeback" Wasn't Meant As Statement

    Ang Lee said he never intended "Brokeback Mountain" to be a social statement about homosexuals, amid speculation the gay cowboy romance lost the Oscar best picture race because of its subject matter. The movie won best director for Lee -- making him the first Asian winner of the prize -- as well as best musical score and best adapted screenplay Sunday at the Oscar ceremony, but it lost the best-picture award to "Crash," despite having racked up several other major film awards. The upset prompted speculation that the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wasn't prepared to hand its top prize to a movie about gays. But the Taiwanese ...

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    E Online: Cruise, McCarthy Singled Out at Razzies

    Jenny McCarthy may have been singled out as this year's top Razzie recipient, but Tom Cruise's couch-jumping antics did not go unrewarded. As the star, writer and producer of 2005's little-seen, but universally panned comedy "Dirty Love," the onetime Playboy Playmate earned a trio of dishonors at Saturday's awards ceremony--namely Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. "Dirty Love" failed to sweep the six categories in which it was nominated. Worst Supporting Actress nominee Carmen Electra lost out to "House of Wax" star Paris Hilton, and McCarthy, nominated for Worst Onscreen Couple, along with Anyone Dumb Enough to Befriend or D...

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    "Doug Atchison's "Akeelah and the Bee" to Open 30th Cleveland Fest

    The Cleveland International Film Festival, running March 16 - 26, announced that it will open its 30th edition with Doug Atchison's "Akeelah and the Bee. "Akeelah and the Bee" is the story of an 11-year-old girl named Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) who uses her gift for words to compete in spelling...

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    "Paris je t'aime" To Open Cannes' Un Certain Regard '06

    "Paris je t'aime", a film including a collection of short films from some 20 international filmmakers, each focusing on one of Paris' arrondissements (or neighborhoods), will open the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Festival de Cannes. The movie, produced by Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy, features five minute love stories directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico), Gurinder Chadha (India), Gus Van Sant (USA), Isabelle Coixet (Spain), Joel & Ethan Coen (USA), Nobuhiro Suwa (Japan), Alexander Payne (USA), Oliver Schmitz (South Africa), Richard LaGravenese (USA), Tom Tykwer (Germany), Vincenzo Natali (Italy), Walter Salles (Brazil), Wes Cra...

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