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    IFC Films Announces Deal for Cuesta's "Twelve and Holding"

    Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment, has announced the IFC Films deal for U.S. theatrical rights to Michael Cuesta's "Twelve and Holding" which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. "Twelve and Holding" is Cuesta's new feature following the award-winner...

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    Castle Hill Productions Drives Worldwide Theatrical Rights for "The Tollbooth"

    Castle Hill Productions has acquired worldwide theatrical rights to writer/director Debra Kirschner's "The Tollbooth," the company announced Tuesday. The Hamptons International Film Festival film will open at the Quad Cinemas in New York February 3rd with dates in Long Island, NY and Los Angeles to follow. The film comically explores the dynamics of a contemporary Jewish American family living in Brooklyn. Marla Sokoloff ("The Practice") stars in this coming-of-age story about a young woman's struggle to find her identity as she rebels and questions her family's values. The deal was negotiated by Castle Hill Productions' president of marketi...

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    Writers Guild Announces Nominees for 2006 Documentary Screenplay Award

    The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and the Writers of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in documentary writing for the screen during the 2005 season. Nominees include "Cowboy del Amor," written by Michele Ohayon; "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," written by Alex Gibney; "The Fall of Fujimoir," written by Ellen Perry, Zack Anderson and Kim Roberts; "March of the Penguins," narration written by Jordan Roberts, based upon the story by Luc Jacquet and screenplay by Luc Jacquet and Michel Fessler; and "Street Fight," written by Marshall Curry. The guild’s Documentary Screenplay Award was esta...

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    35th International Film Festival Rotterdam to Open with Nagasaki's "Heart, Beating in the Dark"

    The 35th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam will open with the European premiere of Shunichi Nagasaki's "Heart, Beating in the Dark" on Wednesday January 25. The Japanese director will also honored by Rotterdam as its "Filmmaker in Focus" with tribute screenings of a choice of his ...

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    What the Moviegoers Think

    Chatting with moviegoers outside theaters in SoCal, the Los Angeles Times's John Horn and Scott Collins explore the film viewing habits of movie fans today. They write, "As the box office closed out 2005, moviegoing was down 7% with about 1.4 billion tickets sold for the year. While studio executive...

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    The Troubles of '05

    The Hollywood Reporter writes (via Reuters), "Ask any Hollywood studio executive whether 2005 was a good year and you'll get an emphatic no. That's because the major studios are under severe duress and they know it." The trade paper looks at '05 for such industry execs as: Jobs & Iger, Soderbergh & ...

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    Arty, Movie Posters

    In The New York Times, Christian Moerk explores the latest in movie posters, writing, "The formula that once guaranteed success is now so ubiquitous that posters in that vein are nearly invisible. So what does it take to get noticed some 80 years later, especially when you're selling yet another hor...

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    Woody Headed to Spain?

    The Guardian reported this weekend that Woody Allen has his sights set on Spain as the setting for an upcoming movie. The British paper said that Allen, "signed an agreement this week with a Spanish production company to shoot a film in Barcelona by 2007."

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    indieWIRE's Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2005

    For the past eight years, indieWIRE's editors and contributors have put together a list of the best films we saw that didn't get U.S. distribution. For 2005, there were a number of strong contenders, which we have narrowed down to the top ten listed below (plus six honorable mentions). We didn't inc...

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    SXSW '06 To Open With Robert Altman's "Prairie"

    The 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival in Austin, TX will open on March 10th with the North American premiere of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," organizers announced Monday. The film features an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Kei...

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