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    NYT: In Strike, Separate Deals Draw Ire of Big Producers

    A deal between United Artists and the Writers Guild of America West to let the production company sidestep the screenwriters' strike may have opened the door to a full-blown brawl, as other producers demanded to know why writers have granted some companies a special agreement but not others. Brooks ...

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    HR: Indie boxoffice knocked down but not out

    These are sobering times for the independent film industry. Boxoffice revenue for films from indie distributors and specialty divisions dropped 11.9% from $1.32 billion in 2006 to $1.16 billion in 2007, while the number of indies in theaters increased from 501 to 530. Gregg Goldstein reports.

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    AP: Spears, strike loom over film gala

    Britney Spears' hospitalization and concerns over whether the continuing Hollywood writers strike would keep next week's Golden Globes ceremony off the air dominated red-carpet chatter at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival gala. Michael Cidoni reports.

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    15 Documentaries Named to New Shortlist; Festival Programmers, Doc Insiders Unveil New Nonfiction Aw

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' recent announcement of the short list of films competing for the best documentary Oscar stirred frustration among a community of filmmakers and insiders back in November. Fueled by online discussion via blogs, a coalition within the nonfiction and fil...

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    SFC: Female Directors Progressed in 2007

    When it comes to a woman's touch, Hollywood apparently doesn't want it behind the camera. But in 2007, with five of the most critically lauded movies of the year written by women, and three of those writers also directing their films, there has been at least a slight indication that that may be chan...

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    AFP: China's censors ban film on seedy Beijing

    Chinese censors have banned an award-winning film that depicted the seedy side of Beijing, authorities said, amid a campaign to clean up the city's image ahead of the August Olympics. In announcing the ban on "Lost in Beijing," the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television hit out at its se...

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    Guardian: Has Sundance lost its soul?

    Sundance, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, has always been about making directors feel important. But the independent film festival has also, in recent years, become an increasingly successful marketplace, attracting a cornucopia of celebrity and commercial savoir-faire. What use...

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