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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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    Academy to Pay Tribute to Olivia de Havilland

    Olivia de Havilland will be presented with a tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on June 15, 2006. Ms. de Havilland will attend the ceremony. The actress has won two Academy Awards during her career; the first for her role as Jody...

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    THINKFilm Gets "Awesome" Beastie Boys Doc

    A new Beastie Boys performance doc, shot by their fans and directed by the band's Adam Yauch, a.k.a. M.C.A. (using the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower), has been nabbed by THINKFilm. The movie, dubbed "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That," features footage filmed by 50 fans at a Madison Square Garden concer...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: 7 Films Set for 9 Cities at indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems Film Festival

    The indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems Film Festival will kick-off Monday, November 7, 2005, taking seven films to nine cities through December 4, 2005, via digital technology. The New York Times and Emerging Pictures (along with sponsorship from Tower Records) are presenting the syndicated series, with po...

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    Its AFM Time, But What Does That Mean?

    In Santa Monica, CA today, the American Film Market (AFM) opens for the first time as solo Fall event. Today's Hollywood trades offer a range of insights on this year's market with Hollywood Reporter writing, "film buyers and sellers attending the meet, which runs through Nov. 9, say they are anticipating a busy market" and Variety offering, "North American buyers say they aren't expecting much from the new pics unspooling at AFM this year, but the mart will still yield valuable schmoozing and a sneak peek at pics coming to Sundance early next year." The event is underway today and will coincide again this year with AFI Fest which will open t...

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    The Return of Harmony Korine?

    Harmony Korine is back, putting together a new feature film, according to Screen Daily (membership required), the director of "Gummo" has enlisted Anita Pallenberg, Denis Lavant, Samantha Morton, and Diego Luna to play celebrity lookalikes living on a commune in Scotland in "Mr. Lonely." The $9.5 mi...

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    Production Report: "Astronaut Farmer," "Date Number One," "Mind Games," "Quid Pro Quo," "Trap"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    Zeitgeist Dances to Box office Heights with "Ballet Russes"; "Paradise Now" is a Hit in Limited Rele

    Zeitgeist Films' "Ballets Russes" waltzed atop the specialty box office over the weekend, opening at a single location, generating a high per screen count and taking the apex position on the indieWIRE box office table as measured on a per screen basis. Fellow newcomers "The Passenger" -- a Sony Pict...

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    Sundance Unveils Doc Funding List

    Thirteen feature-length docs have been selected for the second round of 2005 funding from the Sundance Documentary Fund. The projects were chosen from 460 submissions and will receive a total of $665,000 from the Open Society Institute and a match from the Ford Foundation.

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    LA Times Surveys Would-be Best Picture Contenders

    Having recently acquired Tom O'Neil's awards season site Goldderby.com, the LA Times today launched "The Envelope," tracking the awards season race. The lead story has O'Neil looking at the best picture Oscar race, singling out a mix of released and unseen films. Among the films that have already received festival and wider press attention, O'Neil mentions James Mangold's "Walk The Line," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," Sam Mendes' "Jarhead," George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three of Burials of Melquiades Estrada," Bennett Miller's "Capote," and even Paul Haggis' "Crash," Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man," Ferna...

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