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    BBC: Killed director van Gogh honoured

    The first anniversary of the murder of Dutch director Theo van Gogh has been marked by politicians, relatives and religious leaders in the Netherlands. The late director, 47, a strong critic of radical Islam, was shot and stabbed while cycling through Amsterdam. In July 27-year-old radical Islamist ...

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    THINKFilm Takes "The Boys of Baraka" to Theaters

    THINKFilm has acquired theatrical rights to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's doc "The Boys of Baraka." They will roll it out with an initial two-week run at New York's Film Forum beginning November 30. The doc focuses on a group of boys from the tough streets of inner city Baltimore who leave home to ...

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    AP: Warner Bros. Fires Up to 300 Employees

    Warner Bros. Entertainment said Wednesday it has fired between 250 and 300 employees as a cost-cutting measure. The cuts come during a record year for the studio. But Warner Bros., like other entertainment companies, is bracing for lower revenue in coming years as the growth of the DVD market contin...

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    Cinamour Entertainment Picks Up Seven Films for International Distribution

    L.A.-based Cinamour Entertainment continued expansion into the feature film business with the acquisition of seven titles from Rogue Arts, Cinamour CEO Glen Hartford announced today. The films include "Allie & Me" by Michael Rymer starring Oscar-nominee Dyan Cannon about a developmentally challenged beautician, who goes on a crime spree in Beverly Hills as well as "Cannes Man," written and directed by Richard Martini starring Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich in a comedy about the Cannes Film Festival. Also picked up were Richard Martini's comedy/adventure "Camera," starring Angie Everhart; offbeat black comedy "Burning Down the H...

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    Lesher Landing at Paramount

    It won't be a surprise if/when Paramount announces Thursday that they have hired John Lesher to run the specialty division at the studio. Confirming what David Poland's Movie City News has been saying for some time now, Anne Thompson in the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Gardner in Variety, and David Halbfinger in the New York Times are all reporting that Lesher is in. While none cite sources on the record, it sounds like a done deal. Thompson's story in the Reporter is particuarly insightful, saying that the studio will change the name of the company when Lesher replaces David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale. Sounds to us like a (very) lowercase "indi...

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    Focus Features and Random House Enter Filmmaking Partnership

    Random House, Inc., the book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, and Focus Features, part of NBC Universal, have agreed to a multi-year creative and strategic filmmaking partnership they say will provide authors with a "wider range of audiences and readers, and will provide filmmakers with access to a diverse array of material." The agreement was announced today by Focus co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus and Random House chairman and CEO Peter Olson. The terms of the deal call for the companies to develop movies together and co-finance and co-produce a substantial slate of feature films for theatrical release, all based on books ...

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    AP: Clooney to Get Award at Film Festival

    George Clooney will receive the 2006 Modern Master Award during the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "The Modern Master Award is about somebody who has shown versatility someone who has worn more than just one hat," Roger Durling, the festival's executive director, said Tuesday. "...

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    The Guardian: Jake's progress

    He's the crown prince of Tinseltown. A 24-year-old with acting in his blood - he even had driving lessons from Paul Newman. But Jake Gyllenhaal isn't content to live in the comfort zone Here, he talks to Fred Schruers about Hollywood dynasties, loneliness and kissing cowboys.

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    "Farce of the Penguins"...THINKFilm Says Yes

    An insider commenting on a press release received today by indieWIRE doubted that it was legit, but here it is...THINKFilm has announced the acquisition of a new movie dubbed "Farce of the Penguins." The movie, by Bob Saget (featured in "The Aristocrats" and star of "Full House"), is described as "comedic adventure that will combine spectacular and heartwarming wildlife photography with an irreverent and decidedly R-rated theme and soundtrack." In the spirit of his voiceovers from "America's Funniest Home Videos," Saget will give life to penguins images after coming up with the idea "organically" -- "I was watching the "March" movie at a scre...

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    AFI Fest 2005: It Takes a Village

    The Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood will be a bustle of activity starting Thursday night with a gala screening of James Mangold's "Walk the Line" from 20th Century Fox, kicking off the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, including a slate of 92 features and 35 shorts. Films, of course,...

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