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    "Mad Hot Ballroom" Selected for Gotham Prize; Undistributed Film Nominees Unveiled

    "Mad Hot Ballroom" will be honored with a special Celebrate New York prize at the 15th Annual Gotham Awards, according to the Independent Feature Project, which also unveiled nominees for the first "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" Award. Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell's film debuted at t...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents Spanish Cinema Now

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Instituto Cervantes are presenting the 14th edition of Spanish Cinema Now. The films in the series -- which will run Thursday, December 8, through Wednesday, December 28 -- were chosen because they represent some of the finest in current Spanish cinema. Among the films that will screen is Montxo Armendariz's "Obaba," Spain's official nominee for a Best Foreign Language Oscar. "Obaba" concerns a university student who travels to rural Obaba to study the people who live there. Five film adaptations of Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote de la Mancha," including Orson Welles' incomplete version, are also part...

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    DISPATCH FROM L.A.: Four-Letter Word Film Explores the Etymology of an Expletive

    A provocative new documentary premiering at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival this week has a title too racy to be listed on the large digital marquee inside Hollywood's Arclight cinemas. Yet, movie tickets here at AFI Fest boldly proclaim its title: "Fuck." The origins of the four-let...

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    Jarmusch to be Honored At Gotham Awards

    Jim Jarmusch will be honored with a tribute at the 15th Annual Gotham Awards this month. The IFP has announced that it will honor the filmmaker November 30th at this year's Gotham Awards ceremony.

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    AP: Christine Lahti Wins Film Festival Award

    Oscar winner Christine Lahti received the Susan B. Anthony "Failure Is Impossible" Award at the opening of the High Falls Film Festival Wednesday night. "I've spent my entire career trying to find complex roles that give a positive example to women," the 55-year-old actress said. "Acting is about pa...

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    AP: Machinima Makes Filmmaking Virtual Reality

    In "Red vs. Blue," one of the short films at this weekend's third annual Machinima Film Festival, two gun-totting, faceless patrolmen from the video game "Halo" act more like Samuel Beckett characters than intergalactic warriors. Perhaps the most popular incarnation of machinima, "Red vs. Blue" is now up to 66 episodes with more than a million total viewers. Motion-capture animation, the standard 35mm technique, is an expensive, painstaking process with each movement scripted frame by frame. But in machinima, amateur filmmakers control video-game characters like puppets, record their movements in real time and voice over the dialogue. AP repo...

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    Sir Sean Connery to Receive 34th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

    Sir Sean Connery has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) board of trustees to receive the 34th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the organization for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees. The award will be presented to Connery at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 8, 2006. "Sir Sean Connery is an international film icon," said Stringer in a statement. "Though best remembered for creating one of the great film heroes of all time, his talents transcend typecasting, and his body of work not only stands the test of time, but illuminates a caree...

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    Outfest Focuses on Diversity with 3rd Fusion Fest

    Outfest is spotlighting diversity again this year with its third edition of Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Fusion, which bills itself as "the only multicultural, gender-inclusive film festival of its kind," will run November 11-13 in Los Angeles.

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    Tackling A Classic: Joe Wright on "Pride and Prejudice"

    So who is this Joe Wright, anyway? One thing's for sure: the director of the hot Brit film "Pride and Prejudice" doesn't come across as very Jane Austen: working class/Cockney accent, floppy hair shoved under a beret, punk good looks. He claims he was dyslexic as a child and has "a lot of catching u...

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    $300,000 in Film Festival Grants Given Out by Academy

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Foundation announced that it has granted $300,000 to 19 U.S. film festivals for their 2006 programming. The New York Film Festival will receive $30,000, the largest grant. Also receiving grants are the Chicago International Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival with $25,000 each; the Cleveland International Film Festival with $23,000; Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival with $22,500; the Austin Film Festival and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival with $20,000 each; the Maryland Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Native Americ...

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