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    New Era Begins As Weinsteins Officially Launch New Company

    It's official. Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein begin working full-time at their new company Monday after having their final day at Miramax Films, the company they created in 1979. Miramax became the leading specialty division through the 90s, evolving into a major production and distribution arm ...

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    RESFEST 2005, Keeping It Curious

    For some, it's hard to imagine a festival which can program and fill a theater with festivalgoers watching 90 minutes of commercials, music videos, or a documentary about sneakers. Long ago, the folks at RESFEST recognized the appeal, evolution and dramatic advances in media and commercial art and ...

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    Veteran Miramax Execs Cohen and Faber Named to Weinstein Company Posts

    Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced today that two long time Miramax executives have joined The Weinstein Company to co-head the Marketing department. Matthew Cohen has been named executive vice president of marketing and creative affairs and Gary Faber has been named executive vice president of marketing. Both executives will report directly to Bob and Harvey Weinstein and will be based in New York. Cohen and Faber will oversee the marketing and Academy Awards campaigns on all Weinstein Company and Dimension films. Both will oversee strategic marketing while Cohen will focus on creating trailers, TV and radio spots as well as print ...

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    Film Independent to Host First Annual Filmmakers Forum on Selling Film

    Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson announced today that the organization will host, "Sell Your Film Without Getting Screwed!" The forum will take place on Saturday, October 15, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Forum panelists include: Tom Bernard (co-president, Sony Pictures Classics), Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting), Jeremy Coon (executive producer, "Napoleon Dynamite"), Cassian Elwes (WMA), Catherine Hardwicke (director, "Lords of Dogtown,"), Richard Klubeck (UTA), Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (producer, "Thirteen"), Linda Lichter (Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Goodman Inc.), Tom Ortenberg (presid...

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    AFI Fest Swoons "Casanova" for Closing Night; Announces Over a Dozen U.S. Premieres

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival announced that Lasse Hallstrom's North American premiere of "Casanova," starring Heath Ledger will close its event, which will take place November 3 - 13. Set in 18th century Venice, thecomedy gives the legend of Giacomo Casanova who meets his ultimate romantic match in Francesca Bruni (Sienna Miller), succumbing to the only woman to ever refuse his charms. The film was produced by Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers and Leslie Holleran, based on a script by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberly Simi from a story by Kimberly Simi and Michael Cristofer. Also announced by the festival are 15 narrative U.S. premieres,...

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    NY Times: Defying Terror, Filmgoers Attend a Festival in Baghdad

    In what was perhaps as much an act of defiance as a leisurely way of spending an afternoon, more than 300 Iraqis walked into a theater this past Saturday, and without metal detectors or security guards, sat down and watched a movie. It was the start of Baghdad's first film festival since the America...

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    SF Chronicle: Resfest's digital media festival a portent of future filmmaking

    So it is with a great sense of timing that RESFEST makes its annual Bay Area stop, beginning Thursday at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Developed in 1996 by the RES Media Group, which focuses on digital filmmaking, RESFEST brings together more than 150 cutting-edge features and short subj...

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    AP: 'Capote' May Be Breakout Role for Hoffman

    The hesitation Philip Seymour Hoffman felt about playing Truman Capote was not unlike the uncertainty audiences might feel over seeing a movie about the man who wrote the true-crime classic "In Cold Blood." Hoffman wondered how he would hold up in the title role of "Capote," impersonating the author...

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    Down in the Delta; Ira Sachs Plays "Forty Shades of Blue"

    While regional filmmakers were all the rage at Sundance this year (from "Hustle and Flow" to "Junebug"), Ira Sachs' top prizewinner "Forty Shades of Blue" feels like it comes from another planet. Whether it's the France of Maurice Pialat and Raoul Coutard, the Germany of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or ...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Short Films In Abundance at Sao Paulo's Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metra

    "A long life for Brazilian cinema!" was the ironic cheer of the night at the opening of the 16th Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Sao Paulo, the largest short film festival in Latin America. Despite being an invitation-only event, the theater was so full on opening night that guests fil...

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