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    "Tsotsi" Tops BOT in Debut, "CSA" & "Sophie" Expand

    "Tsotsi's" initial success -- it ranks first on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracker (iWBOT) with a $12,721 per-screen average -- has gotten the "new" Miramax Films off to a strong start. (The iWBOT is based on per-screen averages.) Overall, foreign-language dramas and English-language documenta...

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    IFC Partners With Comcast on 'IFC In Theaters'

    IFC Entertainment and cable system Comcast will present the new IFC in Theaters service via ON DEMAND, releasing films for immediate viewing on television the same day they are released in movie theaters. Starting next month, two new films each month will be available (for $5.99 each) via Comcast ON DEMAND, creating in the words of an announcement today, "the first nationwide destination for critically acclaimed independent films." Viewers will choose from a selection of 4 - 5 titles each month. "The local cinema will always be the first home for film to many film lovers," emphasized IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, saying in a s...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Bring Oscar Shorts To iTunes

    Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International announced that the five nominees for Best Live Action Short film at the 78th Academy Awards are now available for purchase and download on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The five nominated live action films now on iTunes are: "Ausreisser (The Runaway) by Ulricke Grote; "Cashback" Sean Ellis; "The Last Farm" by Runar Runarsson; "Our Time Is Up" by Rob Pearlstein; and "Six Shooter" by Martin McDonagh. Shorts International recently teamed with Magnolia Pictures to launch screenings of all 10 Oscar nominated shorts from the live action and animated categories in select theaters around the U.S. The films op...

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    At a Young Missouri Doc Fest, Exploring The Balance Between True and False

    For the third year in a row, more than 50 documentary filmmakers, producers and their subjects converged upon a mid-Missouri college town for an intriguing young film festival aimed at embracing the changing face of documentary and cultivating an audience for the films. The True/False Film Festival ...

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    The Spirit Awards Alternative: A Survey of This Year's Nominated Docs

    The Independent Spirit Awards have changed a lot since the ceremonies began two decades ago, and this year's nominees look a lot like the Oscars -- except in the documentary category, where "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," is the only doc to be nominated for both honors. This season, the Spi...

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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. Thre...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Philip Seymour Hoffman

    One of the biggest talents of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman is little known beyond Hollywood. Ahead of next week's Oscars, the hot favourite for Best Actor talks to Simon Garfield about Capote, rehab and the prospect of superstardom.

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    AFP: France's Cesars give no hints for US Oscars as drama scoops prizes

    "The Beat My Heart Skipped," a drama about a young man choosing between delinquency and music, scooped France's movie awards night in a ceremony that yielded few clues to the fortunes of contenders in next week's much bigger Oscars. The French movie, which also scored a directing prize for Jacques Audiard, brushed aside some heavyweight competition to triumph at the 31st Cesars held in a plush theatre in central Paris filled with national celebrities. The Best Actor and Best Actress Cesars went to Michel Bouquet for his turn as the late president Francois Mitterrand in "Le Promeneur du Champs de Mars," and Nathalie Baye as a recovering alcoho...

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    Anger Management: Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    How ironically fitting "Our Brand Is Crisis" should open the same weekend as the Academy Awards. While Hollywood will undoubtedly give itself a big ol' pat on the back for recognizing the progressive messages of four of its five Best Picture noms, the immediate cultural and political challenges thes...

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    Snider In at Dreamworks

    Stacy Snider is leaving her post as Chairman of Universal Pictures to join Paramount Pictures as Co-Chairman of the studio's newly acquired subsidiary, Dreamworks. According to a statement today (Sunday), she will run the day-to-day operations of DreamWorks with director/producer Steven Spielberg an...

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