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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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    AP: Utah's 'Mollywood' a Wholesome Hollywood?

    After almost five years of making movies for Mormons, the group of filmmakers who were part of the genre's most prolific production studio are branching out with projects that leave the church jokes behind with the hopes of engaging a broader audience. And they want to do it in their own backyard. C...

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    LA Times: Director Warns of Big Screens' Extinction

    One of Hollywood's top filmmakers delivered a rallying cry to the nation's theater owners Thursday, warning that one of the great American traditions -- the collective moviegoing experience -- was being threatened with extinction. Speaking at the annual ShowEast convention in Orlando, Fla., M. Night Shyamalan, the director and writer of such blockbusters as "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs," condemned those who are pushing to eliminate what has traditionally been a months-long delay between the release of a movie on the big screen and its debut on DVD. Doing away with that window will not only destroy the exhibition industry, Shyamalan warned, bu...

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    Sundance Fest Remaining Anchored in Park City, Institute Moving to Mountain Town

    While the Sundance Film Festival recently announced a decision to expand its presence in Salt Lake City, UT, the festival will remain anchored in Park City, UT for the next 12 years. As part of a pact approved yesterday, next fall Sundance Institute will move its year-round administrative HQ from Salt Lake City to Park City. Under an agreement approved by the Park City Council last night, Sundance Institute will move into a renovated historic building at the base of the Park City Mountain Resort, according to an announcement today. The deal will also keep the Sundance Film Festival in Park City through 2018. There is also an option to renew t...

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