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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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    "Walk The Line" To Kick Off AFI FEST; Premieres Announced

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival will open this year with James Mangold's "Walk The Line", fresh from screenings in Telluride and Toronto. Organizers also announced a roster of some 16 world premieres that will debut at festival, running November 3 - 13 in Los Angeles.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Pizzo To Washington Square

    Christopher Pizzo has joined Washington Square Films as part of the company's launch of a film sales division. Pizzo was formerly a partner at Carmichael Films, which recently closed its doors. WSF announced that the new division will handle the company's own productions as well as projects from oth...

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    5 Finalists Chosen For 50th Anniversary Goldwyn Writing Awards

    Five finalists, chosen from more than 100 submissions from seven University of California campuses, have been named in the competition for the Fiftieth Anniversary 2005 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards competition, presented by the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation. They are: David Ariniello from UCI for "River Champion", Michael Carnick from UCSD for "Who's Driving Doug", Shanee Edwards from UCLA for "Enchantress of Numbers", Chris Kyle from UCLA for "The Ganders", and Laurel Minter from UCLA for "The Route". The $25,000 first prize, $10,000 second prize, $8,000 third prize, $5,000 and $2,000 honorable mentions will be awarded on Tuesday, November 1, ...

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