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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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    LOOKING BACK AT '05: Despite Challenges, Documentaries Thrive

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the third 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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    The Top Ten, so far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE compiles 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.

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    A View to a Kill: Michael Haneke's "Cache"

    Shock the bourgeois. That rallying cry of early 20th Century European art and art cinema -- apres Baudelaire -- becomes less effective as each passing year pulls us further from the canonized abrasions of modernity and deeper into the postmodern neutralization of visceral, disarming violence. In ret...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Buscemi, Shalhoub set for Van Gogh remakes

    Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Clarkson will star in U.S. remakes of two films by slain Dutch director Theo van Gogh, their producers said Thursday. Shalhoub and Clarkson will star in Stanley Tucci's "Blind Date" as a couple trying to repair their shattered lives and rebuild their relationship after their child passes away. In Buscemi's "Interview," the actor-director plays a faltering political journalist reduced to interviewing one of the country's top soap opera actresses (Miller). The late Van Gogh, a distant relative of the famed impressionist artist, was killed in November 2004 by Islamic radical Mohammed Bouye...

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    Palm Springs Fest to Honor "Transamerica" Star Felicity Huffman

    The 17th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Emmy award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Felicity Huffman with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Festival's annual awards gala. The Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, January 7th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Also being honored by the festival, as previously announced, are David Cronenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Michael London, Shirley MacLaine, Thomas Newman and Charlize Theron. The event will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight"'s Mary Hart. Commenting on the choice of Huffman for her performance in Duncan Tucker's "Transamerica," festiv...

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    IndieIN to Offer Free Film Listings for Independent Filmmakers

    indieIN announced today they will now offer free indieIN film listings to independent filmmakers with shorts and feature films playing in festivals, as well as to filmmakers who are self-distributing. Launched earlier this year, indieIN provides show times and information for independent and foreign films playing both theatrically and in film festivals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. By using indieIN Film Listings, festival filmmakers can create a "personalized" page for their films, including show times, synopsis, cast/crew, and photos. "indieIN believes that independent film audience is as diverse as the films themselves," says Mi...

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