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    Reuters: Arab investors set up $200 million film fund

    Investors from six Arab states will put up $200 million to finance the production of more than a dozen big-budget Arabic movies in English, an Arab-American film producer told Reuters on Wednesday. Malek Akkad said the project is aimed at promoting the nascent Arab film industry to the world and sho...

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    Old Joy

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    Miller Sets Up "The Immortalist" at Paramount Vantage

    Paramount Vantage has announced a deal to develop an upcoming film with Oscar-nominated "Capote" director Bennett Miller. The filmmaker, who first gained attention for his documentary "The Cruise," is on board to direct "The Immortalist," from a script by Dante Harper ("The Delicate Art of the Rifle"), and Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce the project at the company. While the specific details on the story were not revealed, the announcement indicated that the movie is, "a contemporary, character-driven drama set in the emerging world of life-extension." Miller added in a statement, "It's not a science-fiction film. It's a drama set in the very...

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    AFI Launching New Texas Film Fest; Cain Artistic Director at AFI Dallas International Film Festival

    In Dallas today (Wednesday), local leaders will join representatives from the American Film Institute to announce the launch of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, a new ten-day event set to kick-off in Texas on March 22, 2007 (and continue through April 1st). The program will include 150 fe...

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    AFI FEST Sets "Bobby" for Opening Night and Unveils 13 World Premieres

    Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," the story of the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968, will open the 2006 AFI FEST, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, much of the large ensemble cast from the film are expected to attend the opening night at the festival. Also announced were 13 of the films that will have their world premieres at the 2006 AFI FEST, including David Cunningham's "After," J.B. Rutagarama's "Back Home," Chad Lowe's "Beautiful Ohio," David Boyle's "Big Dreams, Little Tokyo," Alan White's "Broken," Daniel Jones & Dann Sytsma's "Comic Evangelists," Alante Kavaite's "Fissures ...

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    Love Gondry? You'll Like 'Science'

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    Dream Weaver: Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"

    Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" should have been the restorative after an unspectacular summer for movies -- a year, actually. One could put their blood into the profession if movies such as "Superman Returns," "Talladega Nights," or "Little Miss Sunshine" were abysmal or brilliant, extreme i...

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    Back in the Apple

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    NY Times: Andy Warhol, A Portrait of an Artist Both Loved and Hated

    It turns out that Andy Warhol, whose Campbell's Soup cans famously captured his fascination with the American marketplace, did not inspire a reciprocal reception among corporate donors when the filmmaker Ric Burns came knocking. It has been the hardest, hardest sell," Mr. Burns said about raising money for "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film," which will be shown tonight and tomorrow night on the PBS program "American Masters." "I did have to prove to people he was a great artist," said Mr. Burns, who still needs to raise $225,000 to finish paying for the $3.6 million, four-hour film, which had a two-week run at Film Forum this month. Robin Pogr...

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    AFP: Syrian film director banned from visiting Jordan

    Film director Omar Amiralay, whose trenchant documentaries on life and government in Syria earned him praise abroad, has briefly been arrested by Syrian authorities at the Jordanian border and barred from leaving the country, a leading human rights activist said. Ammar al-Qorabi, president of the Na...

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