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    AFP: Europe's Oscars pit Almodovar, Loach and German newcomer

    The European Film Awards, the continent's version of the Oscars, will Saturday pit international arthouse names Pedro Almodovar and Ken Loach against German newcomer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The ceremony in the Polish capital will combine the glitzy and highbrow in a celebration of the finest of Europe's movie industry. Almodovar's "Volver" has six nominations. The comical drama is shortlisted for best European film, the Spaniard is up for best director and his star Penelope Cruz for best actress. Loach is shortlisted for best film for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," his hard-hitting story of two brothers during Ireland's 1920s st...

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    Austin Film Society to Honor Ann Richards, Linklater, Paxton and Buckley at March Ceremony

    The Austin Film Society (AFS) today announced that its seventh annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards will pay tribute to the Honorable Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, who acted as the ceremony's emcee for four years. Columnist Liz Smith, who Richards inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2001, will serve as emcee at the March 9, 2007 awards show, which recognizes actors, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers and films from, influenced or inspired by the Lone Star State. Also attending this year's ceremony will be honorees Elizabeth Avellan, Richard Linklater, Bill Paxton and Betty Buckley. They will be honored for their "immense...

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    Le Clef Joins Fortissimo Films in Paris

    Fortissimo Films has appointed Catherine Le Clef as senior vice president, TV and ancillary sales. Le Clef will join the International Film and TV outfit on January 1st and will be based in Paris. The film sales company already has a presence in Hong Kong, London, New York, Sydney as well as its main office in Amsterdam. Besides running Fortissimo's existing TV activities, Le Clef is expected to expand the TV side to include documentaries for TV and made for TV movies. Le Clef joins Fortissimo from Paris based Doc & Co, an international distributor of documentaries. In this capacity, she oversaw international distribution of "The Staircase" b...

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    AP: Morgan Freeman releases new movie on Web

    Just two weeks after "10 Items or Less" opens in theaters Friday, it'll be available for digital download from Clickstar, a company that Morgan Freeman's production company and Intel have founded to bring small movies to those who live far from boutique cinemas. The film, directed by Brad Silberling...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Powell Joins Goldwyn/Roadside

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions have hired Nathan Powell as VP of Marketing, based at IDP in New York. He previously served as a VP at Terry Hines & Associates and has also worked at Wellspring, Artisan, Miramax Films and Sony Pictures Classics.

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    IDFA 2006.4: We Are Together

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    What's all that racket?

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    Hard Times for Screenwriters?

    On the heels of Hollywood's recent, record $4 mil deal to Akiva Goldsman, Nikki Finke in the LA Weekly writes that many top screenwriters are "in the shit."

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    REVIEW | Checking Out: Brad Silberling's "10 Items or Less"

    Brad Silberling's "10 Items or Less" takes its title from the express checkout lane at the grocery store, and refers more particularly here to the aisle manned by Spanish actress Paz Vega as Scarlet in a working-class L.A. neighborhood. To this locale, Morgan Freeman--as himself, or someone like hi...

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