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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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    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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    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 Filmmak...

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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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    LA TIMES: Hollywood's backyard bash

    The Los Angeles FIlm Festival kicked off in LA last night, moving to Westwood for the first timed. "So many people in L.A. are, quite frankly, ground down by life in the industry," Film Independent exec director Dawn Hudson told the LA Times, in a fest preview article. "We want to remind them why th...

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    "The Devil Wears Prada" to Kick Off 2006 Los Angeles Film Fest; Complete Competition Lineups Also An

    The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 22 - July 2, 2006, will open with David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" and close with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Little Miss Sunshine. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Quinceanera will screen as a centerpiece premiere at the festiva...

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    CANNES '06 WINNERS: Loach Film Wins Palme d'Or, "Volver" Wins 2 Prizes

    The 2006 Festival de Cannes came to a close tonight in France with Ken Loach winning the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for his feature film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley. "[This] film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history," Loach said tonight, accepting his...

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    2006 Festival de Cannes Winners

    The winners of the 2006 Festival de Cannes are being announced tonight in France.Palme d'Or: "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" by Ken Loach

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