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    Scenes From Independent Film Week: Incentives, Acting, and Mixing At The IFP Market

    Who could have imagined that IFP's new Independent Film Week would come at such a fitting moment, during a week when local New York theaters are literally jammed with debuting specialty and independent releases all competing for an audience. "Its really crazy," noted the head of a leading studio spe...

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    The Guardian: Clash of the titans

    Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark" took Cannes' top prize. But relations between the director and his star, Björk, almost led to disaster, recalls Catherine Deneuve. The Guardian reports.

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    New York Times: Director Zigs From Stars to Nonactors in a New Film

    "Is it inappropriate for the director of 'Ocean's Twelve' to go to Belpre, Ohio?" Steven Soderbergh asked recently, during the Toronto International Film Festival. The director was here for the premiere of his latest film, "Bubble," a drama about working-class characters swept away by jealousy and m...

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    Reuters: 'Bounce' rolls out as Katrina fundraiser

    Fox Searchlight said Tuesday it will donate 10% of its box office proceeds from the opening weekend of "Roll Bounce" to Operation USA for Hurricane Katrina. Also, on Thursday, the night before "Bounce's" theatrical opening, the arthouse arm of 20th Century Fox will partner with DirecTV to screen the...

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    "Bee Season" and The Weather Man" Bookend 13th Hamptons Fest

    The Hamptons International Film Festival announced details of its 13th edition Wednesday evening during an event at the Sony building in Midtown Manhattan. The fest, which will run October 19 – 23 on the east end of Long Island, New York, will include 27 world premieres, 23 U.S. premieres, fou...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: WGAW Elects Verrone

    Patric M. Verrone was elected President of the Writers Guild of America, West, the group announced Tuesday. The organization also noted that in one of the highest turnouts ever for the Guild, Verrone was elected President with a resounding 68% of the vote.

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    At The Market in Toronto This Year, Smaller Films in The Shadow of Big Deals

    A battle between two Indiewood companies and a handful of big budget acquisitions deals marked the business side of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The fight between Paramount Classics and Fox Searchlight over the rights to Jason Reitman's "Thank You For Smoking," which may still le...

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    Reuters: Madonna Defends Ritchie's "Revolver"

    Singer Madonna defended her husband Guy Ritchie's latest film "Revolver" on Tuesday, when the couple attended the London premier after a series of damning reviews. The film stars Ritchie regular Jason Statham as a man out to get revenge on a mob killer played by Ray Liotta. "I love it," she told Sky...

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    AP: Polanski Transforms Suffering Into Art

    It is easy to see parallels between Polanski's own traumatic, rootless boyhood and the plot of his new movie, "Oliver Twist," an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of a penniless orphan who wanders from a workhouse into a gang, searching for a place in the world. Today, Roman Polanski is am...

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    "Proof" Adds Box office Success; "Everything is Illuminated" Debuts Bright

    Miramax's "Proof" calculated a winning position on the iW BOT.s list of specialty releases last weekend, taking a commanding lead following its limited roll out in over a half-dozen sites. Warner Independent Pictures. "Everything is Illuminated" scored the second position on the chart, as ranked on ...

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