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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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    AFI Names 2006 Top Ten Films of 2006

    The AFI Awards named its "10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of the year" Sunday. The ten films are: "Babel" (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstn" (Larry Charles), "The Devil Wears Prada" (David Frankel), "Dreamgirls" (Bill Condon), "Half Nelson" (Ryan Fleck), "Happy Feet" (George Miller), "Inside Man" (Spike Lee), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (Clint Eastwood), "Little Miss Sunshine" (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris), "United 93" (Paul Greengrass). AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on...

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    The Wire ends its season

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    New York Critics Name "United 93" Best Film; Scorsese Named Best Director

    The New York Film Critics Circle completed its voting for its 2006 awards with Best Picture going to Paul Greengrass's "United 93," while Martin Scorsese picked up the Best Director nod for "The Departed." Forest Whitaker received Best Actor from the group for "The Last King of Scotland," while Dame Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her role in "The Queen." Best foreign film went to "Army of Shadows," while Best Non-fiction film went to "Deliver Us From Evil," and Best Screenplay went to Peter Morgan for "The Queen." Jackie Earle Haley received the Best Supporting Actor nod for "Little Children," while Jennifer Hudson took the Best Sup...

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    NY Times: Van Smith, 61, Dies; Created Divine's Distinctive Look

    Van Smith, who was admiringly called both an artist and a terrorist for the costumes and makeup he designed for the films of John Waters, died on Tuesday at his home in Marianna, Fla. He was 61. An early exponent of the trash aesthetic, Mr. Smith was widely credited with having created the public face--once seen, not soon forgotten--of Divine, the seventh-of-a-ton transvestite star of Mr. Waters's early movies. Mr. Smith designed the costumes for all of Mr. Waters's films, and the makeup for the first six of them. In unleashing Divine on early-1970s America, Mr. Smith helped set a new standard for drag that endured long after Divine's death i...

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    LA Film Critics Name "Letters from Iwo Jima" best picture of the Year; Paul Greengrass Takes best di

    Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" was named best picture of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), while Stephen Frears' "The Queen" took runner-up, Henry Sheehan, president of the organization announced Sunday evening. Paul Greengrass ("United 93") received the best director prize, while Eastwood took runner-up, and in the actress category, Dame Helen Mirren took the top spot for "The Queen," while Penelope Cruz was given the second position for her role in "Volver." "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen tied for best actor with Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland." [Click on title to view the full list of wi...

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    H'Wood Reporter: War, child labor, Gore in documentary spotlight

    Movies about the war in Iraq and forced child labor in South America have earned top honors from the International Documentary Association. James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," which offers intimate portraits of life among everyday Iraqis, won the group's feature documentary award Friday. The short film award went to Marcelo Bukin for "Angel's Fire" (Fuego de Angel). In his speech, he described his visually ambitious film as "a kind of poem about sacrificing souls and bodies." Both awards were presented by Morgan Freeman, who acknowledged former Vice President Al Gore after taking the stage at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. Sheigh Crabtree rep...

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    AFP: Gandhi-themed movie wins Indian film awards

    A runaway hit comedy based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi took top honours at the second Global Indian Film Awards in a star-studded ceremony in Malaysia. "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Carry on Munnabhai), directed by Vidhu Chopra and touted as one of Bollywood's biggest money spinners of the year, ed...

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    AP: Director Woo can't film on Yangtze

    Director John Woo says efforts to depict an ancient Chinese battle in his new film have been frustrated because he can't shoot at China's largest river, the Yangtze. Woo has had to rely on special effects to create a similar backdrop in the upcoming movie, "Battle of Red Cliff." It is based on a war...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE BAHAMAS: "Chronicle of an Escape" "Encounter Point" Take Bahamas Honors; Nicolas C

    Even though the weather was uncharacteristically cloudy and windy, with the sun peaking out for a few hours here and there to offer a quick tease, there was nothing that could dampen the spirit and enthusiasm at the 3rd annual Bahamas International Film Festival. Screening sixty two features, docume...

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