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    PARK CITY '06: Heidi Specogna: "With no fixed story in mind, being open and most important: having t

    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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    The Weinstein Company Acquires "Factory Girl"

    The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of "Factory Girl," directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce, Mena Suvari and Jimmy Fallon. The announcement was made Monday, January 23rd, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. The film is cur...

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    The Weinstein Company and Alliance Atlantis Sign Distribution Deal

    The Weinstein Company and Alliance Atlantis* Motion Picture Distribution LP announced an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement today, in which Motion Picture Distribution LP, the largest distributor of motion pictures in Canada, will acquire all distribution rights throughout Canada to all forthcoming pictures released by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. "We have enjoyed a long and very successful relationship with Bob and Harvey Weinstein," said Victor Lowey, CEO of Motion Picture Distributio LP, in a prepared statement. "[We] could not be happier about continuing to distribute their films." The deal is expected to run throug...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: "Half Nelson" Takes Full Applause; Al Gore Charms at Discovery Party

    Under a cloudless sky in Park City, a huge crowd of industry and festival attendees turned up at the Racquet Club for the premiere of Ryan Fleck's dramatic competition feature "Half Nelson," with tremendous performances by Ryan Gosling and newcomer, Shareeka Epps. The film centers on an improbable f...

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    Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million

    Warner Independent Pictures has announced its acquisition of Michel Gondry's latest film, "The Science of Sleep," which debuted last night here at the Sundance Film Festival. U.S., Canadian, and U.K. rights to the movie, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, were acquired for $6 mill...

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    TF1 International Takes non-English Territory Rights to Sundance doc "God Grew Tired of Us"

    TF1 International announced today the acquisition of international rights excluding English-speaking territories to Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us," which has its world premiere on Sunday, January 22 at the Sundance Film Festival where it is part of the documentary competition. The film is produced by Quinn and Molly Bradford and narrated by Nicole Kidman. "God Grew Tired of Us" follows three "lost boys of Sudan" over four years as they leave Africa for New York City and attempt to make sense of their new country. After the initial culture shock, they begin to lead "normal" lives yet they remain deeply committed, both spiritually ...

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    PARK CITY '06: Hilary Brougher: "I flirted with being a painter but realized I needed a medium invol

    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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    IFC Launches 'First Take', New Day & Date Banner

    This morning at Sundance, IFC Entertainment officially announced the launch of IFC's First Take, a new distribution banner debuting in March that will release at least 24 films theatrically and on demand -- day and date -- this year. The new service is being billed by the company as a new national a...

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    Sony Classics Gets "Italian"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Andrei Kravchuk's "The Italian, the Russian entry for Academy Awards consideration in the best foreign language film category. The film is described as "a lyrical drama about a young child's complicated journey to finding his mother, his h...

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    "Brokeback" Wins Producer's Guild Prize

    On the weekend that the film expanded to nearly 1,200 screens, Brokeback Mountain won the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, for producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana. The film earned an estimated $7.8 million this weekend, according to Focus Features...

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