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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Holofcener and Cast Chat About "Friends with Money"; (And Queer Happenings

    The photographers were out en force last night for the Sundance Film Festival opening night film, "Friends with Money," directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan and Simon McBurney.

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    The Buying Game: indieWIRE's 2006 Guide to Acquisitions

    This is the third edition of indieWIRE's guide to acquisitions executives. The list is designed, we hope, to give insight to indieWIRE readers, especially emerging filmmakers and producers, who may not be familiar with some of the people behind this fundamental aspect of the film business. Additiona...

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    Sundance a springboard for under-the-radar films

    This year, Sundance continues its tradition of bringing in a host of eclectic, low-budget films, some of which may become the next big hits known for their intimacy and individuality. These are films that refuse to be lumped into categories, which is exactly what distributors are looking for; past successes include March of the Penguins, Garden State, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. "The obvious choices everybody already knows," says Peter Block, acqusitions president for Lions Gate Films. "It's the ones that don't fit that list that you need to pay attention to." Films with big potential to look out for this year include The Hawk is Dying, The...

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    Picturehouse and New Line International Take Rights to "Silk"

    Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired all rights to Francois Girard's romantic drama "Silk" starring Michael Pitt ("Last Days"), Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice"), Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha") and Alfred Molina ("Spiderman II"), Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse, Rolf Mittweg, president and COO of New Line Worldwide Distribution and Marketing and Camela Galano, president of New Line International announced Thursday. Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, "Silk" is the story of Herve Joncour, a 19th century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan and begins a clandestine and forbidden roma...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: On Opening Day at Sundance...A New Institute Initiative (and a Spotlight o

    At the Sundance Film Festival's first opening day press conference in many years today, Sundance Institute president Robert Redford and Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore set the stage for an event that has become the most important film festival in the United States. With the Institute m...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Managing (Biz) Expectations as Sundance '06 Begins

    With the Sundance Film Festival opening tonight, 'expectations' were the buzz amongst buyers and sellers checking in at the Park City Marriott this morning. An informal survey indicated that industry are taking a wait-and-see approach, trying to keep hype in check and not letting those expectations ...

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    Third Annual Queer Lounge at Sundance

    Queer Lounge, the only gay organization sanctioned by Sundance, returns to Park City for a third year. This "festival hot spot" is dedicated to building mainstream audiences and promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films and filmmakers. Some of the most hotly anticipated films at...

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    PARK CITY '06: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer: "We didn't want this film to feel like it was ma

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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    TIME: After 25 Years, Redford Reflects on Sundance

    TIME Magazine sits down with Robert Redford to discuss Sundance's evolution after 25 years. "...as the festival has increased in notoriety, the merchants came, then celebrities came, then the paparazzi came, then fashion came, and everybody's welcome. But at the core, we program the festival the same way we did the opening year, we program for diversity. So if you look at the festival from the inside, where the filmmakers are, you're going to get one perspective. If you judge it from the party circuit, outside, you might see a different festival. But the truth is we've never changed anything; it's just that the festival's population and exhib...

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    PARK CITY '06: Rex Bloomstein: "There is talk of 'Holocaust fatigue,' as if such a subject can ever

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions.

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