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    "Stay" Stuns Sundance Audiences

    Bob Goldthwaite's "raw, original, and edifying" film "Stay" (as described by Sundance) has been shocking festival audiences since the weekend. The heartwarming but highly eccentric story centers on a girl whose fiancee walks out on her when she reveals a past secret that even she can't understand. "...

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    BBC Acquires "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"

    The Independent Film Channel has announced that the BBC has acquired British broadcasting rights to Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick's documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". The film critically examines the Motion Picture Association of America's role in assigning film ratings, and investigates, among other things, why sex and violence receive such discordant treatment, and why the ratings are so secret. "Kirby's film makes a globally universal statement against censorship and about the importance of artistic freedom," said IFC Executive Vice President/General Manager Evan Shapiro in today's announcement. "We're extremely pleased that U...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: New Self-Distribution Initiative Unveiled; Park City Filmmakers Sign On for

    Independent filmmakers, some in Park City this week without the support of high-profile sales reps and high-priced publicists, will have a new outlet when looking for help in releasing their films without giving up their rights. Withoutabox has announced the launch of The Distribution Lab, a new pro...

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    PARK CITY '06: Alan Berliner: "I wanted to understand the source and seed of some of my deepest conf

    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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    PARK CITY '06: Mark Dornford-May: "I got into film very late - last year!"

    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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    Picturehouse Snags "Pan's Labyrinth"

    Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to "Pan's Labyrinth," the latest film by director Guillermo del Toro. The film stars Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, and Doug Jones. "This film has been the single most fulfilling creative experience of my career," said del Toro in a pr...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million; IFC Unveils Day & Date Progr

    Michel Gondry's latest, "The Science of Sleep," an at times romantic look inside the mind of one of the most distinctive directors working today, has been nabbed for $6 million by Warner Independent Pictures. The company acquired U.S., Canadian and U.K. rights to the movie, closing the deal at 4 a.m...

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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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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: World Docs Shed Light from Beyond the Grave: "KZ" and "Broadhurst" Hig

    Sundance prides itself on its devotion to the documentary form, and the organization likes to take credit, in some part, for the recent rise of nonfiction in the U.S. marketplace. This equal attention for true-life and fictional stories also applies to the world cinema program. Last year's internati...

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    President Bush Unconcerned With "Brokeback"

    In an LA Times story today, President Bush was reported as being "decidedly noncommital...even a bit nonplussed" as questions concerning "Brokeback Mountain" were fired at him from Kansas State University students. "I haven't seen [the film]," he said; "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie." This coming from a man known for his "macho rancher" image, regularly roaming around his Texas property in cowboy boots and blue jeans. The President was assured that, being a rancher himself, he is sure to love "Brokeback" if he gets around to seeing it. Whether he actually intends to do so is an entirely different story. Pete...

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