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    Here! Gets "Queens" From Fortissimo

    Here! Films has nabbed North American rights to Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Queens" (Reinas), from Fortissimo Film Sales. The company is planning a release early next year in conjunction with regent Releasing. The film is described as as "ensemble comedy that finds five headstrong mothers coping with the personal family conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gay sons at a mass wedding." Written by Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Joaquin Oristrell and Pereira, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque, Mercedes Sampietro, and Betiana Blum, along with "the sons," Gustavo Salmeron, Unax Ugaldo, Hugo Silva, Paco Leon, Danie...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Roban Joins Stone Village

    Stone Village Pictures has hired Michael Roban as its Head of Business Affairs and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Scott Steindorff and Stone Village Pictures' partner, Andrew Molasky. Roban is joining the company from Participant Productions where he served as EVP of Business Affairs and Oper...

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    Warner Gets "Metal" Doc From Seville

    Seville International has sold all U.S. rights to Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" to Warner Home Video. The film, having its world premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival follows a professional anthropologist, and metal fan, as he explo...

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    Searchlight Gets "The Man", But Buyers Moan About Unsold '05 Toronto Fest Offerings

    Searchlight has apparently struck again here in Toronto. Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures, confirmed his company's acquisition of Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man" from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Tuesday afternoon. The Indiewood division then sent out a press release announcing the...

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    Bollywood Tops Box Office, "Salaam Namaste" Leads Weekly List

    Yash Raj Films' Bollywood romantic/comedy "Salaam Namaste" by Siddharth Raj Anand provided some specialty box office ballyhoo in an otherwise dull weekend reflected in the iW BOT spotlighting indie titles ranked on a per screen basis. Newcomers dominated the chart's top tier, with Miramax's "An Unfi...

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    Critics Diary: Reese & Charlize, "Walk the Line" and "North Country"

    It's a strange thing being only two weeks into September and feeling fairly certain that at least one major category of the Oscar race is already over, done, and decided. Then again, that's the nature of the Toronto International Film Festival, where the press and public get their first look at the ...

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    Amidst Buzz and Rumors, Paramount Continues To Assert It Owns "Thank You For Smoking"

    The day after both Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics announced separate deals for Jason Reitman's debut feature film "Thank You For Smoking" here at the Toronto International Film Festival, industry insiders were voraciously buzzing about the unprecedented situation. Despite a growing speculati...

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    Buscemi, Tucci and Blaban to Remake Van Gogh Trilogy as Homage to Murdered Director

    Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Bob Balaban have signed on to direct a remake of a trilogy by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was killed because of "Submission," a short film he made with liberal Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who fled an arranged marriage. The film portrayed violence against women in Islamic societies and was shown on Dutch television. Van Gogh's last film "06/05: The Sixth of May" will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday, Sept 15 as will "All Souls," a compilation of sixteen vignettes from seventeen Dutch directors base...

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    Fox Searchlight Gets "Trust The Man"

    In a deal that is expected to be announced shortly here in Toronto, Fox Searchlight has acquired Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man", which debuted at the festival last night. Company president Peter Rice confirmed the pact for indieWIRE shortly after today's crowded press and industry screenings at t...

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    Filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald and the "AIDS THING"

    Filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald is keeping a diary that is being published in CTV.ca about his experience at the Toronto International Film Festival with his feature, "3 Needles." He laments how a bout of the flu causes some concerns that his illness is far more severe due to his two past films featuring ...

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