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    "C.R.A.Z.Y.", "3 Needles", and "Whole New Thing" Win Multiple Awards At Atlantic Film Fest

    The Atlantic Film Festival in Nova Scotia announced the winners of its 25th edition over the weekend with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.” a multiple award winner at the event. The film won the festival's People's Choice Award and the award for Best Canadian Feature honor, a ...

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    NY Times: Answered Prayers: How 'Capote' Came Together

    Around two years ago, a classic Hollywood pitch meeting was ending. In the Santa Monica offices of the now-defunct United Artists, a director with nothing more impressive than a low-budget documentary under his belt, a first-time screenwriter, a producer and an actor listened for a yes. "I would vouch for those two in the room with a very strong conviction," Philip Seymour Hoffman said of the writer and director. Friendship is rarely enough to get a movie made, but in what was to be one of several charmed moments in the life of "Capote," a key executive finally leaned forward, too - and spoke the yes they were waiting for. Christian Moerk rep...

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    AP: Polanski Debuts 'Oliver Twist' in Prague

    Roman Polanski, debuting his new film "Oliver Twist" on Saturday, said he chose to adapt the classic novel because he admires 19th-century English literature and wanted to make a movie his children would enjoy. The director, who in 2003 took home an Academy Award for his Holocaust drama "The Pianist...

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    Reuters: 'The Squid and the Whale' tells NY family fable

    Director Noah Baumbach dressed actor Jeff Daniels in his father's clothes and used his father's books as props in "The Squid and the Whale," but he insists his movie about a family broken by divorce is fiction. Still, the parallels to the director's real life are hard to ignore. Claudia Parsons repo...

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    DISPATCH FROM NYFF: Clooney, Miller, Baumbach and Yoji Yamada Share Fest Spotlight

    One insider calls it New York's own "Oscar Night" and others refer to it as indie film's annual prom; the opening night of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center followed by the traditional party at Tavern On The Green is a glittering night out for the film community. The New York Film Festiva...

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    Steven Soderbergh Teams with Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban to Create New Distribution Model

    Steven Soderbergh has teamed up with entertainment entrepreneurs Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, partners in 2929 Prods. and HDNet Films, to create a revolutionary new distribution model. The idea behind the collaboration is to make a vertically- integrated studio that will cut the gaps between theater, DVD and high-definition cable distribution release times for a single film. Soderbergh's new film "Bubble," a small-town murder mystery shot in digital with a budget of only $1.6 million, will be the first example of this new distribution model at work. "HDNet Films agreed to finance and distribute six high-definition video movies directed by Sod...

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    Focus Gets "Opal Dream"

    Focus Features has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Peter Cattaneo's "Opal Dream". The company is planning a 2006 release for the family film from the director of "The Full Monty". The film is described as "the touching story of a young girl, Kellyanne (Sapphire Boyce) whose unshakable faith in her two imaginary friends resonates through her small hometown in the Australian Outback." It is based on Ben Rice's novella, "Pobby & Dingan" and adapted by Cattaneo. The film was produced by Lizie Gower and Nick Morris (for their London-based Academy Features) and Emile Sherman (for his Australia-based Sherman Pictures), in assoc...

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    FIND Sets $20 Million Ceiling For Spirit Awards

    With a new ceiling for eligible films set at $20 million, Film Independent in Los Angeles has announced the call for entries for the 21st Independent Spirit Awards. In a statement yesterday, group head Dawn Hudson said that the new ceiling "gave the committee wide latitude in choosing original, prov...

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    Clooney Speaks Out About Journalism and Filmmaking As NYFF Opens

    The 43rd New York Film Festival will open tonight with a gala Lincoln Center screening of George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” followed by the traditional glittering after-party at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Clooney's new movie is a look at a seminal time in the ...

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    IFP Toasts Winners as 2005 Market Wraps

    Independent Film Week organizers presented their annual prizes to IFP Market participants today with jurors singling out a handful of filmmakers to receive cash and services awards totaling more than $50,000 towards the development of new independent film projects. At a luncheon in SoHo (hosted by t...

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