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    Sundance To Expand Salt Lake City Presence At '06 Fest

    In an effort to increase the presence of the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, UT, organizers have announced that they will launch a new 'Festival District' in the city's downtown area at the upcoming event. The new site will be anchored by two movie theaters that will present two screenings...

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    Awards Season and the Hollywood Film Festival

    In today's LA Times, Robert W. Welkos looks at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival and its role in launching awards season in Los Angeles:

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    Wenders and Torn at IFC Center

    At the IFC Center in Manhattan this weekend, a pair of notable figures will be on hand for their screenings. Wim Wenders will attend screenings of his new film "Land of Plenty" (Saturday and Sunday at 7:30), while actor Rip Torn will be at the theater for Friday and Saturday night screenings of "For...

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    Hollywood Reporter: Italy's foreign Oscar hopeful hits language barrier

    Somebody forgot to remind Italy's film industry that its submission for the foreign-language Oscar must be in Italian. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has alerted Italy's Oscar selection committee that its Oscar hopeful "Private" is ineligible because it fails to meet the rule that t...

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    Weinstein Company Names Sanjeev Lamba EVP of Marketing for Dimension Films

    Bob Weinstein announced Friday that Sanjeev Lamba will join Dimension Films as executive vice president of marketing and new media development. He will be based in New York beginning October 24th and will report to Bob Weinstein. Lamba will be charged with overseeing online and new media marketing for both theatrical and home video, and will create new business with retailers, electronic game companies and interactive digital content arrangements. Lamba will also be involved with promotions and tie-in promotions for The Weinstein Company. In addition, he will work with Bob Weinstein on marketing for the Dimension Films slate. Sanjeev's appoin...

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    AP: Q&A: Jeff Dowd Is the Real 'Lebowski'

    Call him the Dude. That or his Dudeness, Duder or el Duderino -- if you're not into the whole brevity thing. Addressing Jeff Dowd -- the real life inspiration for Jeff Bridges' character in "The Big Lebowski" -- is not a formal affair. But as the cult of the Coen brothers' 1998 mistaken identity comedy has grown, so has Dowd's fame. The 55-year-old film producer first met Joel and Ethan Coen when he helped promote their 1984 debut, "Blood Simple." The Coens decided the large, boisterous Dowd, who referred to himself as "the Dude," would yield endless possibilities if inserted into a genre film -- a Los Angeles film noir. Jake Coyle speaks wit...

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    Awards Presented at NYU's Next Reel International Film Festival

    New York University's Next Reel International Film Festival presented awards to international filmmakers during the closing night ceremony on Sunday, October 1 in the Cantor Film Center. First prize was awarded to Holger Ernst of Germany for his film "Rain is Falling," which includes a $10,000 cash award from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Kodak film stock and Roots leather luggage. Second prize was given to Leiv Igor Devold from the Polish National Film School for his film "Tomorrow" ($7,000 cash), while third prize went to the film "Grinding Machine," directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni of the Film and TV Institute, India ($5,000 cash). N...

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    IDFA Unveils Line Up for '05; Spotlights Global Terrorism Docs

    Global terrorism will be a main theme this year for the 2005 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) taking place in Amsterdam November 24 - December 4. A significant number of films relating to current events have been programmed for this year's festival, one of the largest of its...

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    SF Chronicle: Jeunet Honored by Mill Valley Film Festival

    "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet [will] receive some attention at the Mill Valley Film Festival. "A tribute for me?" the 52-year-old says incredulously, with a laugh. "I just started yesterday." It is true that Jeunet, who once made music videos and short films, has directed only five feature fi...

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    Reuters: Spike Lee, filmmaking "provocateur," targets Katrina

    Never far from the center of a storm, self-described filmmaker "provocateur" Spike Lee is headed to New Orleans to make a documentary examining how race and politics collided in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lee says he will use "factual journalism, not creative narrative" in his look at Katrina a...

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