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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Dickman Promoted at Focus

    Donna Dickman has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Publicity at Focus Features. She heads the company's East Coast publicity department. She previously served as VP and continues to report to Adriene Bowles (Focus EVP of PR and Marketing). Rounding out the PR team are VP Deete Kearns who rece...

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    Raindance Closes 13th Fest with Jakubowicz's "Secuestro Express" and Awards

    Over 80 features and 130 shorts were screened over 12 days at this year's Raindance Film Festival, with Jeff Feuerzeig's "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" opening the event September 28th. Jury prizes were announced Sunday at the Cineworld Haymarket in London prior to the closing night screening of Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz's kidnap thriller "Secuestro Express." Among the winners were Japanese film "Canary," which won the festival's Official Selection feature prize, while French film, "A Monk's Awakening" took the award in the shorts category. Best U.K. feature went to "Rollin' with the Nines" and best debut feature went to Americ...

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    AP: Malaysia Mulls Taxes on Foreign Movies

    Malaysia will consider levying taxes on foreign movies and using the proceeds to help develop its domestic film industry, the government said Tuesday. The Cabinet is expected to soon discuss whether imported films should be taxed to help finance local productions through the National Film Developmen...

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    AFM Sets Slate of 529 Titles

    A total of 529 films are on tap for the 26th American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles next month, according to organizers. The event, running from November 2 - 9, will include 382 market premieres. 45 of the films included at AFM this year are also screening at the concurrent AFI Fest, including 43...

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    Picturehouse Moves "Tristram" To January

    Fresh from its debut at the New York Film Festival last week, Michael Winterbottom's "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" has been bumped to next year. Distributor Picturehouse has decided to move the film from its November 4th release date to January 27, 2006. The comedic new film is an adaptat...

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    GreeneStreet Films to Finance "Pleasure"

    GreeneStreet Films announced today they are financing the romantic comedy "The Pleasure of Your Company," starring Jason Biggs ("American Wedding") and Isla Fisher ("Wedding Crashers"). Additional casting will be announced later. Michael Ian Black penned the script and will direct. GreeneStreet Films will produce with Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts of Fugitive Films, and Sam Hoffman and shooting is slated for November in New York City. According to a release the film is about Anderson (Biggs) who loses the woman of his dreams and is convinced he'll never fall in love again. After his best friend provokes him to spontaneously propose to a di...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Weyermann Joins Participant Productions

    Diane Weyermann has joined Participant Productions as the company's Executive Vice President of Documentary Production. She is assuming the newly created position following her role as director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. She will manage the company's doc slate, including the acquisition of new projects and supervising projects from development through release. She will report to company president Ricky Strauss. Participant doc projects include "Murderball" and the upcoming "The World According to Sesame Street." Sundance has not yet announced a replacement for Weyermann, but Robert Redford issued a statement commend...

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    "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" to Open Hollywood Film Festival

    Shane Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" will open the ninth Hollywood Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theater on October 18th, launching the event which will include ten world premieres. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, the crime/thriller centers on a petty thief (Downey...

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    White Trash: Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies"

    Since "Where the Truth Lies" debuted at Cannes this past May, it has been beset by a censorship controversy that, like "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls" before it, might just be its only saving grace, financially speaking. Because Atom Egoyan's latest effort is a pretty wretched film, formulaic, conf...

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    Fire Destroys Home of Wallace and Gromit

    The warehouse headquarters of Aardman Animations in England was destroyed by a fire today, according to news reports from the scene. The Guardian reported this afternoon, "Most, if not all, the props, backgrounds and sets used since founders Dave Sproxton and Peter Lord first established he company in 1976 were lost after the roof of the archive facility collapsed, wrecking the three floors below it." The news came on a day of celebration for the company, with the first Wallace and Gromit's feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" debuting as the number one movie in the United States (earning an estimated $16 million in its de...

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