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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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    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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