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    Polly Cohen Named New President of Warner Independent Pictures

    Polly Cohen has been named president of Warner Independent Pictures, Jeff Robinov, president of production, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Monday afternoon. Cohen, who has served as executive vice president, production at Warner Bros. Pictures, will report directly to Robinov, replacing Mark Gill who left the post May 2nd. Cohen began her career at Jersey Films, and joined Warner Bros. Pictures as a creative executive in 1997 and was promoted to production executive in 1998. In 1999 she became vice president, production and in 2003 she was named senior vice president. She was appointed executive vice president, production in February of this...

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    Reuters: New documentary makes case for "The Saint of 9/11"

    A new documentary film makes a case for sainthood for Mychal Judge, a New York Fire Department chaplain who died at the World Trade Center in the September 11 attacks. One of the best-known victims of the worst attack on U.S. soil, the Franciscan friar chose to join his men within the North Tower rather than remaining on the sidelines and died at age 68 after giving last rites to a fallen firefighter. Glenn Holsten's film, "The Saint of 9/11," shows Judge moving in often-conflicting social circles: a proud Irish-American; a recovering alcoholic helping others fight addiction; a confidant for tough, gritty firefighters, and a celibate homosexu...

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    Black Reign: James Marsh's "The King"

    A big gloppy heaping of Southwestern Grand Guignol, James Marsh's "The King" is nevertheless shot with all the patience and "artfulness" we've come to expect from serious indie dramas in the new millennium. Never intent to call out its own trash as trash, "The King" couches its head-slapping melodra...

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    NY Times: Paul Giamatti, the Unlikely Leading Man

    To say that it is not the face of a movie star — thick glasses framing deep, knowing eyes -- is to belabor the manifest, but Paul Giamatti's mug has become an unlikely muse for serious directors. After a career of working the sidelines, he has moved into the middle of the frame to very good effect. ...

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    The Guardian: Dogme director to start new "Fire"

    Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry look set to co-star in a new movie from Dogme filmmaker Susanne Bier. Del Toro, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for his turn in 2000's "Traffic," has already signed up for the drama "Things We Lost in the Fire," while Berry is in talks. The Guaridan reports.

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    AP: Actress Was Ready to Quit Sept. 11 Movie

    When Maggie Gyllenhaal caused a stir with comments about the U.S. role in the Sept. 11 attacks, she was particularly concerned about the opinions of two people -- Port Authority Officer William J. Jimeno and his wife, Allison. The 28-year-old actress says she was ready to drop out of Oliver Stone's upcoming "World Trade Center" film if the couple didn't accept her explanation. In April 2005, Gyllenhaal said the United States "is responsible in some way" for the attacks. She later said that she regretted the comment and issued a statement saying that Sept. 11 was "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's rol...

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    A Slow Night at the Cinema

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    Hopkin's "Sheep" Wins International Prize at Hot Docs '06

    Ben Hopkins' "37 Uses For A Dead Sheep" won the best international documentary prize at the 2006 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film is described by the festival as a "look at members of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe as their younger generation adjusts to the modern world in Turkey." The prize for best Canadian doc feature went to Shelley Saywell's "Martyr Street" and the first-time director award went Greg Hamilton for "Mystic Ball." Honorable mentions in the international feature doc competition were awarded to Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" and Nikolaus Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread." The festival awarde...

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    "Blessed by Fire" and "The War Tapes" Take Tribeca Film Festival Honors

    Two war-inspired films took top honors at the 5th Tribeca Film Festival. "Blessed by Fire" (Iluminados por el Fuego) by Tristan Bauer and U.S. director Deborah Scranton's "The War Tapes" won the Best Narrative Feature prize and Best Documentary Feature prize respectively during an awards dinner thi...

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