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    LA FILM FEST '06: Can Films Save The World? Talking "Chalk" and "Getting Down" In L.A.

    Asked to answer the title question during a Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat earlier this week -- Can Films Save The World? -- "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad said flatly, "no." Leading off the discussion by dismissing its concept altogether, the filmmaker added, "I didn't make the fil...

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    Frameline30: Mature and Still Hot

    In some of life's occupations (and preoccupations), turning 30 is a point many would prefer to defer. Supermodels, acrobats, and San Francisco gay men among them. Yes, "maturity" is "nice" in theory -- but facial lines, thinning hair and a body-fat percentage that no longer stays low all by itself c...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Gretchen" and "Deliver Us From Evil" Win Big Award$ in L.A.

    Cash prizes totaling a whopping $100,000 were doled out to a pair of grateful filmmakers here at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday night. Steve Collins won the $50,000 cash Target Filmmaker Award for his first feature film, "Gretchen," while the Target Documentary Award, which also included...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Paul Dinello, Director of "Strangers with Candy"

    Paul Dinello's "Strangers with Candy" had its origins as a television series on Comedy Central. Starring Amy Sedaris, the series and movie (a prequel to the television show) is a comedy about a 47 year-old ex-junkie and con who returns home after 32 years as a runaway and enrolls in high school after she discovers that her father had slipped into a coma after skipping home. She hopes that by picking up where she left off, her father will return to lucidity. The film had its debut at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Warner Independent Pictures, only to drop it soon after. ThinkFilm later acquired "Strangers with Candy"...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: Words of Wisdom From Harrison Ford; "Beyond Conviction"; and Are Costumes Fashion?

    Hollywood was again in the spotlight at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival Monday night in Southern California. Big-time director George Lucas welcomed festival filmmakers to Skywalker Ranch last week for the pre-fest retreat, and on Monday Han Solo himself joined participants for the annual Filmmaker Reception. While actor Harrison Ford, one of this year's honorary co-chairs at the LA Film Fest, didn't seem to spend too much time meeting and greeting filmmakers at Monday's L.A. Film Fest party at the W Hotel in Westwood, he did take the stage to leave attendees with a few words of wisdom (most of which are included below). The much-appreciat...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Reveals 26 Titles for 31st Edition

    Twenty-six international film selections that previously premiered at major film festivals worldwide are slated to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 7 - 16. In the first glimpse of the 31st edition of the anticipated annual event, 25 of the titles revealed wil...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: Westfeldt Back at LA Film Fest, With "Ira and Abby"; And Linklater Chats

    Five years after finding success at the Los Angeles Film Festival with "Kissing Jessica Stein," where the film won the audience award and was subsequently acquired by Fox Searchlight, writer and actress Jennifer Westfeldt returned to the fest with her latest film, "Ira and Abby." Westfeldt again wro...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: "Prada" Opening, Lucas Hosts Filmmakers, Gore on "Green Day" and More

    The Los Angeles Film Festival got off to a glamorous start Thursday night with the L.A. premiere of David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" in the heart of the event's new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Though the Fox release is clearly Hollywood fare (with a cast that includes such boldfaced names...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Kyle Henry, Director of "Room"

    Continuing its theatrical run, Kyle Henry's "Room" will open at New York's Pioneer Theater in the East Village this Wednesday. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Henry's first fiction feature debuted at Sundance last year and later had its international premiere at the Cannes Fil...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Larry Clark, Director of "Wassup Rockers"

    Veteran director Larry Clark ("Ken Park," "Kids") returns to screens with his latest installment of teenage drama in "Wassup Rockers." In the film, a group of South Central skater boys take a ride up to L.A. tonier hoods and go after the local rich girls. They not only attract the girls, however, th...

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