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    Palm Pictures to Canvas "Who Gets to Call it Art?" in North American and Caribbean Theaters in '06

    Palm Pictures announced Thursday it has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Peter Rosen's feature film "Who Gets to Call it Art?" The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures and Arthouse Films and David G. Lubell of Propp Lubell & Lapidus on behalf of Rosen of Peter Rosen Productions. Palm Pictures plans a theatrical release in early 2006 followed by a DVD release under the Arthouse Films label. The deal was closed at the Goldeneye Film Festival in Jamaica, an annual event organized by Koh and Palm Pictures founder, Chris Blackwell. The film explores the 1960's New York art scene wit...

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    "Match Point" Chat and Hiding Out in a Fred Astaire Movie; Woody Allen Talks at Recent Lincoln Cente

    A montage of images started rolling, clip after clip playing on-screen: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton stand in line at a movie theater in "Annie Hall," and Allen complaining about the man "pontificating" behind them. From within a film, Jeff Daniels suddenly addresses Mia Farrow, sitting by herself i...

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    SF Chronicle: "Brokeback" is Top Film Pick of S.F. Critics

    "Brokeback Mountain" took three top honors at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle awards. The drama about a 20-year clandestine love affair between Wyoming cowboys won as best picture. Ang Lee was named best director and Heath Ledger best actor for his performance as a ranch hand torn between his ...

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    Reuters: 'Gardener' digs up seven noms from London critics

    The Ralph Fiennes spy thriller "The Constant Gardener" leads the field for the 26th London Film Critics' Circle awards, garnering seven nominations, organizers said Wednesday. Nominations for the movie adaptation of John le Carre's novel of the same name include one for Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, producer for Simon Channing Williams and film of the year. Meirelles will have to fight off challenges from Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain"), Paul Haggis ("Crash"), Peter Jackson ("King Kong") and David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence") for best director honors. In addition, all five directors have their films competing as film of the ye...

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    Vera Farmiga, Miranda July and Phil Morrison: Three Breakthroughs in '05

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005. Additional articles in this series will be published all next week.]

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    "Factotum" Dropped From Picturehouse Slate

    Just a month before its U.S. premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Bent Hamer's "Factotum" has lost its theatrical distribution deal with Picturehouse. A Picturehouse rep told indieWIRE that the film is no longer a company release, explaining, "Unfortunatley we weren't able to complete the deal due to delivery issues." When asked for further clarification, the rep would not specify the issues, explaining that an unresolvable legal matter prevented the deal. The spokesperson reiterated that the company picked up "Factotum" in Cannes this year but was simply not able to conclude the deal for the movie. It had been set for an early '06 re...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Woody Allen

    Woody Allen has been playing himself for so many years now that one wonders if his personality might, at some stage, actually run out. He admits that when he is filming he grows tired of his image and, for the past few years, audiences have tired of it too. But when asked if he worries whether he might, one day, stop being funny he says, "Well, no. Because if I wake up, I'm going to be funny, because it's me. It's not that I put on a thing to do it; I wake up in the morning and I can write. I roll out of bed and I can write; I can write - that's what I do, that's me. So it would have to be a complete personality change for that to happen." Em...

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    NY Times: Sundance or Slamdance? A Rebel Director Gets His Pick

    Few filmmakers have a problem when their work wins a coveted spot in the Sundance Film Festival lineup. But for Paul Rachman, word that his documentary about early American punk rock had been accepted to the 2006 festival meant he had to make a choice. His film, "American Hardcore," inspired by Stev...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Ropes in First Round of Suburbs and Dominates Specialty Box Office

    Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" climbed atop the specialty box office crest over the weekend once again, racking up a blockbusteresque screen average following an expansion. The film topped not only the indieWIRE Box Office table, ranked on a screen average basis, but also grossed the highest a...

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    Miami International Film Festival to Spotlight Chile

    In March of 2006, the Miami International Film Festival will launch a new program, "MIFF Abroad," which will celebrate the filmmaking of one Latin American country each year, starting with Chile at this year's festival. MIFF Abroad will consist of two components. The first, held in Miami at the 2006 festival in March, will exhibit the work of Chilean filmmakers to US audiences, press, film critics, and industry professionals. The second, held in April, will support Chilean filmmakers' development and production process by bringing to Santiago a group of film industry advisors (producers, marketing executives, filmmakers, critics, etc). Seven ...

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