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    THINKFilm and Screen Media Lure "Loverboy" to North America

    THINKFilm in partnership with Screen Media Films has acquired North American theatrical rights to "Loverboy" a drama starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon, it was announced by THINK's theatrical division head, Mark Urman, and Screen Media's president, Robert Baruc. The film had its world premiere at Sundance in January and was a featured presentation at the Hamptons InternationalFilm Festival last month. THINK will release "Loverboy" next spring to coincide with the launch of the second season of Sedgwick's popular dramatic series, "The Closer." Based on the highly regarded novel by Victoria Redel, "Loverboy" tells the story of E...

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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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    AP: Fox to Offer Movies Online Via Movielink

    Movielink, a joint venture of five Hollywood studios to offer movies over the Internet, has signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox, allowing it to offer movies from all major studios for the first time. The deal, announced Monday, comes at a time when studios and TV networks are looking at alterna...

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    Magnolia's Plans Spring '06 Release for French Parkour Action Title, "District 13"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its deal for North American rights to "District 13" ("Banlieue 13") written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, ...

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    LA Times: Anthony Hopkins: Wild Dark Horse in the Best Actor Derby

    Stand back, derby watchers! Making a last-minute dash onto the best actor track is wily old Anthony Hopkins, riding a 1920 Kiwi motorcycle at record speed. Hopkins is so determined to break into that Oscar race that he and Magnolia Pictures "are screening the hell" out of "The World's Fastest Indian," according to Pete Hammond, who moderates many of Variety's screenings. "The World's Fastest Indian" is the real-life story of a 72-year-old New Zealand man who spends his retirement building an Indian motorcycle that he takes, without much funding or a support team, to race in Utah, where he sets a new land-speed record that still stands today. ...

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    Ten Months After A Sundance '05 Debut, Duplass Brothers Keep Driving "The Puffy Chair"

    In about a week, organizers will unveil the list of some 120 new feature films that will screen at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. While the January festival will usher in a fresh new crop of American indie films hoping to secure distribution, a handful of worthy features from Sundance '05 are stil...

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    A Schlock to the System: Laurence Dunmore's "The Libertine"

    Laurence Dunmore's film "The Libertine" sketches the glory days and final detumescence of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, the notorious Restoration wit and rakehell who wrote highly allusive poems, some sexually explicit, others philosophical, many a vexing combination. Based upon the play by Stuart...

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    International Line Up and Guests Spotlighted at 49th Thessaloniki Film Fest

    The 49th International Thessaloniki Film Festival kicked off Friday, November 18, in Athens, Greece. This year, 254 films will screen during this 10-day event, which closes November 27. The opening night film was "Hell," directed by Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land") about three sisters (Emmanuelle Bea...

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    SF Chronicle: 'Johnny Tootall,' 'Trudell,' 'Hank Williams First Nation' take Indian festival awards

    When the 30th edition of San Francisco's American Indian Film Festival ended last week, it evoked emotions as mixed as the many tribes it focuses on. "It was uplifting, but there was also anger along with joy, sadness and most importantly, pride," said Michael Smith, president and founder of the festival, which moved to San Francisco in 1977 after two years in Seattle. Best film went to "Johnny Tootall," directed by Shirley Cheechoo, about a confused Bosnian War veteran returning home to face the new battle of becoming chief of the band. Aaron James Sorensen won the best director award for his film "Hank Williams First Nation," a contemporary...

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    The Guardian: We have to get rid of the Acropolis film

    Forget Turkish film - there is a deeper, richer revolution on the other side of the Aegean. On the eve of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Fiachra Gibbons spotlights the burgeoning Greek new wave. Only a few years ago Greek cinema was the preserve of arid intellectual epics choked with philosophical allusion and cloying nostalgiac melodramas on the manifold historical misfortunes of the Greeks. No longer. Not only have mainstream directors found a formula that has Greeks returning in their millions to cinemas to see big, well-made films like "Brides" and "A Touch of Spice," but a new wave of young filmmakers has emerged to rewrite the rules an...

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