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    BERLINALE CRITIC'S DIARY: At Halfway Point, Competition Films Disappoint, But Delicate "Soap" and Sh

    For years, I've been trying to convince festival-going friends that the main competition at Berlin is at least the equal of its more famous rival at Cannes. As evidence, let me offer some of the films in last year's Berlin competition: "Paradise Now," "Sophie Scholl," "The Beat That My Heart Skipp...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Altman's Latest, "Prairie"; Strand Gets "Sky"; Manson's Movie; and Parti

    It is hard not to watch Robert Altman's 37th feature, "A Prairie Home Companion" -- a film about the end of Garrison Keillor's long-running American radio program -- without thinking about the film as perhaps one of the last from the maverick filmmaker. In the movie, the main character struggles to ...

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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. Box ...

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    Head Trip: Carlos Reygadas's "Battle in Heaven"

    Sadly, in 2006 opening your film with a seemingly real blow job isn't quite the shot across the bow of good taste that it once was. Finishing right where you started perhaps ups the ante slightly, but if Carlos Reygadas thinks his by-now infamous bookends are throwing anyone for a loop then he's pr...

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    Redford on the Sundance Film Festival

    Robert Redford has said the Sundance Film Festival, which he began hosting 25 years ago, is getting too intense. "To the outside world, it's a big fat market where you have people like Paris Hilton going to parties. Now, she doesn't have anything to do with anything. I think the festival is close to...

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    Actor McKellen Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Criticizes Hollywood

    "I still hope I've got a lot of life left on stage and making films," said actor Ian McKellen, who received an Honorary Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival, the AP reports. Other media outlets emphasize, however, McKellen's critical attitude toward Hollywood's treatment of gay actors. "'It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality,'" he is quoted as saying in a BBC report. McKellen, who is openly gay, also said that while more films about homosexuality might be made following the success of "Brokeback Mountain," "the film industry...

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    Greenwald's "WAL-MART" Finds Eager Distributors Overseas

    Robert Greenwald's "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price" has been picked up for theatrical release in Britain, Germany and Australia/New Zealand at the Berlin International Film Festival. Deals are apparently in the works for Spain, Belgium/the Netherlands/Luxembourg and France. "The Panorama film ...

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    SXSW Film Festival Shorts Lineup Announced

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced today this year's lineup of shorts. From over 2,800 submissions, the festival selected 130 shorts from around the world, divided into six categories: documentary, narrative, animated, experimental, music video and Texas High School Shorts (work by Texas teens). Shorts that will screen include TV personality Maria Menounos' "Longtime Listener," about an electronics store clerk who lives his life through talk radio and comic Bob Odenkirk's "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card," about a first date at a Holocaust museum. "From young filmmakers in Jamaica to animators plugging away on their own, to so...

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    Celluloid Busy In Berlin With "Particles" and "Quinceanera"

    Celluloid Dreams has announced a number of deals for two Berlinale titles, the fest competition entry "The Elementary Particles" and the Sundance award winner "Quinceanera". Oskar Roehler's "Particles" has already been sold in France (TFM), Benelux (ABC), Spain (Golem) , Italy (Lucky Red), Scandinavia (Non Stop Entertainment), South Korea (Sponge), Taiwan (Pandasia), Switzerland (Rialto), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Audiovisual), Canada (Seville), UK (Momentum), Israel (United King), Brazil (Providence), and Eastern Europe. Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi said in a statement today that the company has had multiple bidders for the adapation of th...

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    Montreal Fest Fades After Only One Edition

    "I am witnessing the still birth of a film festival," a leading film festival insider told a friend via SMS message last year during the first edition of the New Montreal FilmFest. Intended to usurp attention from two other established Montreal fests, sponsors and government groups had backed the launch of a new event in the city, but after only one edition the festival is being shut down. The festival saw small crowds and had trouble attracting top films and talent; it overlapped with the Toronto and Atlantic film festival, long-running Canadian events. Remaining in the city are the Montreal World Film Festival run by Serge Losique in August...

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