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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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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: IFC Gets "Factotum"; Crossword Doc in Play, and More

    As Sundance '06 continued Sunday, buyers honed in on other festival entries to acquire. IFC Films nabbed North American rights to Bent Hamer's "Factotum," starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. The film, based on the Bukowski novel, had been acquired by Picturehouse in Cannes, but accor...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: The San Francisco Film Society and indieWIRE announce launch of SF360.org

    [EDITORS NOTE: The following is an announcement from indieWIRE.]

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: "Sunshine" Pact Among Top Tier of All-Time Sundance Fest Deals

    A major acquisition deal -- one of the largest in the history of the Sundance Film Festival -- was signed early Saturday morning with Cinetic Media selling worldwide rights to Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" to Fox Searchlight within hours of its rousing world premiere at the...

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    "The Ground Truth" about Iraq veterans

    Paul Rieckhoff, of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), reports on Patricia Foulkrod's documentary "The Ground Truth", which opened at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday evening. IAVA worked with Foulkrod for nearly two years to create this film, which reveals the struggles that troops...

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    Sundance Is Busy "Breaking Conventions"

    While many people are lamenting that the Sundance Film Festival seems to be going more and more mainstream, this year's festival is hosting a number of undeniably unconventional films that are anything but ordinary. Roger Ebert comments on "Somebodies" in particular, a story about a group of young African-American men trying to live life and "make sense of the senselessness that is American today" (as described by Sundance). The film has no political or social agenda, it's just about ordinary guys who are "very, very funny because they don't seem to know they're in a movie...they're performing to celebrate themselves." Ebert also comments on ...

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    PARK CITY '06: Michael Cain: "The sheer volume of material, over 3200 hours of footage, often ran pe

    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 Hawk Is Dying" a Popular Pick at Sundance

    Julian Goldberger's "The Hawk Is Dying"premiered last night as a huge crowd of people waited to try get into the Raquet Club Theatre to see it. The film stars Paul Giamatti as an auto upholsterer with a passion for falconry who lives with his sister and her mentally challenged son; as described by S...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Hardcore American Rock; "Daley" Draws Crowds; Email Jerk, and More Parties

    Paul Rachman's "American Hardcore" has already scored a nice amount of press with a New York Times piece at the end of last month. Rachman's film, which recalls the "hardcore" punk phenomenon that swept segments of major cities around the U.S. and Canada in the '80s, is screening in the Sundance Fil...

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