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    Stars go up the jungle for Amazon film fest

    Italian screen legend Claudia Cardinale, French director Roman Polanski and Spanish star Victoria Abril are due to be special guests at a film festival in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, Brazil, next weekend, organizers said. It will the second year the World Adventure Film Festival -- "dedicated ...

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    AP: Depardieu Says He's Ending Career

    Gerard Depardieu told a newspaper that he's ending his film career -- and swears he wasn't drunk when he said it. "I'm in the process of stopping filming," the Academy Award-nominated actor was quoted as saying in weekly Le Parisien Dimanche. "I'm a guy who's leaving! A guy who's not drunk. For once...

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    BBC: French Actress Takes New York by Storm

    Isabelle Huppert is certainly brave. The 52-year-old French film star has just made her New York stage debut in a play written by the late British playwright, Sarah Kane. But perhaps what these theatregoers loved was the sheer proximity to her. New York it seems, is in the grip of all things Huppert...

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    NY Times: Want Stealth with That? The "Fast Food Nation" Film Goes Undercover

    Richard Linklater, a filmmaker known for the whimsy of "Slacker" and "School of Rock," is planning a big-screen adaptation of "Fast Food Nation," the 2001 expose book by Eric Schlosser. Filming began Monday in Texas and will continue at locations there, in Colorado and Mexico. The preparations have had the secrecy of a stealth mission. A recent call to the production office requesting information about the movie provoked a crackling pause on the telephone line. The hesitant voice finally said, "You mean... 'Coyote'?" In September, The Austin American-Statesman reported that the drama, written by Mr. Linklater and Mr. Schlosser and starring Ca...

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    Three Extremes: Craig Lucas' "The Dying Gaul"

    Craig Lucas' "The Dying Gaul" features a wonderful, winking twist: A studio head offers a neophyte scribe one million dollars for his beautiful autobiographical screenplay about a man dealing with the death of his lover to AIDS -- as long as he changes the central relationship into a heterosexual on...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Newman Named NBR Head

    The board of the National Board of Review has announced its hiring of Eileen Newman to run the organization as its executive director. She recently served as Senior Director of Programming at the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and was the Executive Director of Film/Video Arts. Her other experienc...

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    WMM Set to Release "The Grace Lee Project"

    Women Make Movies has closed a deal for North American rights to Grace Lee's "The Grace Lee Project." The film, described as "a humorous exploration of what it means to be an Asian woman in America," premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and also screened at SXSW,...

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    Picturehouse Makes a Deal for Altman's Latest, "Prairie Home Companion"

    Picturehouse has acquired Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," nabbing North American rights to the film just days after it first screened for buyers in New York and Los Angeles. Written by Garrison Keillor, host of the popular long-running weekly radio program, the film revolves around the p...

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    THINKFilm Takes "The Big Question" to Theaters Next Spring

    THINKFilm has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari's doc "The Big Question," the Film Sales Company, which handled the negotiation, confirmed Friday. The company's head, Andrew Herwitz represented the film on behalf of the filmmakers, while Daniel Katz and Richa...

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    The Guardian: Through being cool -- Interview with Chloe Sevigny

    Chloe Sevigny has been the darling of indie filmmakers for a decade. But now, she says, she's "sick of it." So what's next? Oliver Burkeman finds out.

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