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    indieWIRE Presents: Greg Whiteley and "New York Doll"

    indieWIRE continues its monthly series with Apple Store - SoHo that presents indie film professionals discussing various aspects of the filmmaking process. On Friday, October 28th, Greg Whiteley, director of "New York Doll," will discuss his feature film debut which follows the ups and downs of Arthur Kane. A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, mild-mannered Arthur Kane is first introduced on the LA bus he takes most days to his job at the Family History Center library. No one would connect the shy 55-year-old in the suit and tie to Arthur "Killer" Kane, the statuesque bassist for the legendary '70s rock band, "The New York Do...

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    Mexico Gets Mobile Movies: Traveling Documentary Festival to Launch in Early 2006

    On the heels of a renaissance in recent years, Mexican cinema continues to ride a wave of global popularity, from an unusually strong presence at this year's Cannes Film Festival to an increased awareness even among its citizens at home. Now, a Mexican production company called Canana, founded by p...

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    Denver Fest Says, "Be Your Own Critic"; "World's Fastest Indian" to Open

    The Starz Denver International Film Festival recently announced its festival line-up for its 28th year. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival will run November 10 - 20 and will feature "Be Your Own Critic" as its main theme. About 200 films from 39 countries will screen this year, and th...

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    LA Times: Filmmakers Are Swept Away by Romania

    Just a year ago, soundstages [in Vancouver] were half empty. Production in a city whose vibrant movie business earned the nickname "Hollywood North" had plunged to its lowest level in six years. A sagging U.S. dollar had erased many of the cost advantages enticing studios. Seizing the opening, other...

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    H'wd Reporter: Industry lobbyists cautiously upbeat at conference

    As Hurricane Wilma's clouds cleared over the movie theater industry's annual ShowEast conference Tuesday, top lobbyists presented bright forecasts, downplaying recent box office drops as "cyclical" while acknowledging that the industry faces such hurdles as piracy and digital distribution. Motion Pi...

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    Chicago International Film Festival Audiences Head to "North Country"

    The 41st Chicago International Film Festival announced that Niki Caro's ("Whale Rider") "North Country" is its 2005 Audience Choice Award winner, determined by film lovers who attended the festival. A Gold Plaque went to "North Country," a Warner Bros. release, which stars Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron ("Monster"). "North Country" is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment legal case in the United States. Also in the festival's top-10 favorite films are: "The Boys of Baraka" by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (USA), "Border Cafe" by Kambuzia Partovi (Iran), "After Innocence" by Jessica Sanders (USA), "Mrs....

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    Lions Gate Set for December Release of Roth's "Hostel"

    Quentin Tarantino is presenting Eli Roth's new film, "Hostel," the follow up to his film "Cabin Fever." The Lions Gate Films release from Screen Gems will hit theaters on December 21st. Sony/Screen Gems (handling DVD) and Lions Gate (handling theatrical) last worked together on "The Punisher." "Hostel" was executive produced by Quentin Tarantino, Scott Spiegel and Boaz Yakin, and produced by Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs. In the film, Jay Hernandez stars as, in the words of an announcement, "an American backpacker who becomes entangled in a demented underground torture ring." Lions Gate said in an announcement, "Relentlessly graphic and deeply...

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    HR: Day-and-date VOD, theatrical bow for Rainbow pics

    In yesterday's Hollywood Reporter, a look at a plan by Rainbow Media and IFC to release films in theaters and via video-on-demand. Films would be released at IFC Center in New York and also available through a new VOD service. The HR story says that some 18 - 24 films each year could be released as part of the strategy. "I have for a long time held the view that art houses as we know them are disappearing," said Rainbow CEO Josh Sapan, citing the opportunity to create "an electronic art house for a discreet, defined, limited audience in every village, town and city." IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring added, "We're recreating an art house o...

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    Focus Features Enters Term Deal with New Garcia Bernal/Luna Production Company Canana Films

    Focus Features has entered a two-year agreement with an option for a third year with Mexico City-based production company, Canana Films, the new venture by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as well as producer Pablo Cruz, Focus president of production John Lyons announced Monday. The deal will give Focus worldwide rights to Canana's planned slate of features. The three partners plan to make both modestly budgeted Spanish-language films in Mexico and higher-budget English-language films. "Our partnership with Canana promises to be a fruitful one, as Gael, Diego, and Pablo identify promising and fresh talent," said Lyons in a statement. ...

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    Films From 58 Countries Vying For Oscar Nod

    A total of 58 countries are represented with submissions to the Foreign Language Film Award category for the 78th Academy Awards, to be presented March 5, 2006. This year's list includes new entrants Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The nominat...

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