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    'Memoirs of a Geisha' Premieres in Japan

    For an American film starring a Chinese actress in a Japanese role, "Memoirs of a Geisha" picked a tough town for its world premiere. The film version of the best-selling novel of the same title debuted Tuesday in Tokyo to mixed reactions fueled by concerns of cultural authenticity. The film is rife...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Talking Distribution and Sundance During an Industry Session in Amsterdam

    The pending announcement of Sundance's competition lineup weighed heavy on the minds of some attendees at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Monday night local time as a sizeable group of people sat in wooden bleachers in a community center near festival's headquarters for a pan...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Tusk Joins HDNet Films

    Mark Tusk has been named head of development at HD Net Films. reporting to company heads Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente. Tusk joined Miramax as manager of acquistions in 1988, and in 1996 joined New Line as SVP of Production, leaving a few years ago to work as a photographer.

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    "The Squid and the Whale" Leads List of Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was later acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment, leads this year's list of Independent Spirit Award nominations, Film Independent announced this morning at an event in Los...

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    "The Libertine" is a Specialty Box Office Seductress; "Pride and Prejudice" Expands

    The Weinstein Company and Miramax Films' joint release "The Libertine" seduced the specialty box office over the holiday weekend, grabbing the premiere position on the indieWIRE box office table as ranked on a per screen basis. Also taking b.o. kudos over Thanksgiving (figures included in this artic...

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    Sundance Unveils Competition Lineups for '06 Fest; 84 World Premieres To Screen At Upcoming Event

    Sixty-four feature films will screen in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, in four sections, festival organizers have announced. The competition is the heart of the United States' leading film festival, which this year will screen 120 features from January 19 - 29, 2006. Organizers sele...

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    Citing a Festival of "New Faces" Sundance's Gilmore and Cooper Discuss '06 Event

    "I think that this year is going to be the festival of new faces," Sundance Film Festival director of programming John Cooper told indieWIRE Monday during a telephone interview alongside festival director Geoff Gilmore. Cooper cited discoveries both in front of and behind the camera this year. "I th...

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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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    "Hedwig" at IFC Center

    John Cameron Mitchell offers, in an email to friends and colleagues this weekend, that his film "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" will be screening at midnight this Friday and Saturday at the IFC Center in New York. He said in the email that he will be at both screenings, which will include a costume contes...

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    Sundance '06 Lineup Coming Soon...

    Sundance Film Festival organizers will unveil the feature film lineup for the 2006 event early this week. Planners intend to reveal the American and World Competition films on Tuesday, November 29th at 1:00 a.m. ET, followed by the announcement of the Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight lineups on Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 a.m. ET. On Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 a.m. ET, the Premiere's Feature Film list is scheduled to be unveiled. The festival's short film lineup will be released on Monday, December 5th, according to festival organizers. indieWIRE will have comprehensive coverage of the announcements when they are official...

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