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    DISPATCH FROM LAS VEGAS | Fest Organizers Look to Online Options While Anticipating Recession

    The International Film Festival Summit wrapped its 5th edition earlier this week, having returned to Las Vegas proper after a detour last year in Henderson, NV, and perhaps as a result boasted a significant increase in registered attendees. The three-day event drew festival organizers from all over the U.S., as well as a few international colleagues as a professional forum to discuss a wide range of issues relevant to this small but specialized subset of the film industry, from practical considerations of sponsorship, marketing, ticketing, board development, and programming, to more far-reaching philosophical explorations of the role of film ...

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    Screen Media Has "Affair"

    William Sten Olsson's "An American Affair, a "presidential thriller" starring Gretchen Mol and Noah Wyle, has been acquired by Screen Media Films. The company acquired worldwide rights from Astrakan Films and has readied the film for a US theatrical release on February 27, 2009. The deal was negotiated by President of Screen Media Films Robert Baruc and Executive Vice President David Fannon. Astrakan Films was represented by ICM and attorney William Archer. Screen Media will launch the film in 5 US cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, and will platform nationwide thereafter. It will introduce the film to international bu...

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    Fifteen Make Academy's Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards: "Australia," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Cloverfield," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Hancock," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "The Incredible Hulk," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Iron Man," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spiderwick Chronicles." In early January, the members of the Academy's Visu...

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    Jackman to Host Oscars

    Actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to host the 81st Academy Awards on on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia," Jackman's credits include films in the X-Men series and work on stage in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," among others.

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    Spitzer and Slate

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    Jesus and Mo

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Nico Muhly Scores Again

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    My Own Private Deep Throat

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