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    "Goodbye" Leads List of Indian Films Set For Toronto '06

    Karan Johar's "Never Say Goodbye" is among the new films from India that will debut at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. The gala presentation at this year's fest is described as, "a passionate, sweeping love story that captures India's biggest stars and foremost talent with charm and sophistication. With New York as its backdrop, the film tackles the bonds of marriage with delightful touches of humor and grand le aps into romance." The film, from Dharma Productions, is distributed in North America by Yash Raj Films. Fest organizers also unveiled a group of other Indian titles set to screen at the fest, including Kabir Bhan's "K...

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    2007 Sundance Film Festival Entry Deadlines

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, running January 18 - 28 in Utah, has announced a call for submissions for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, and for short films. Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for next year's event are: August 18 (for early submissions for all films); September 1 (short films); September 11 (feature films). The Independent Film Competition is open to independently produced dramatic and documentary feature-length films; U.S. films in competition must be world premieres, have at least 50 percent U.S. financing, and have been completed in either 2005 or 2006. Dramatic features must be no less tha...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Opens Canada First! with "Fido" and to Screen Eight World Debuts

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has revealed details of its Canada First! line up, with Andrew Currie's zombie film "Fido" opening the section, which will spotlight nine feature films, with eight screening as world premieres, organizers announced Tuesday. Additionally the festival, taki...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival is set to screen international or North American premieres of seven Spanish-language films from a number of countries. Three of the titles will screen in TIFF's Dicsovery section, two in Visions and one in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while one will be shown as a Special Presentation. The seven films include: Manuel Nieto Nas' "The Dog Pound" (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), about a young urban intellectual who settles in a rural town after failing his university exams and being dumped by his girlfriend (North American debut, Contemporary World Cinema); Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's "Dark Blu...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Four World Debuts for September Event

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has released more details of its event taking place September 7 - 16, with three world premieres from the United States on tap. The world premiere of Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men," starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The film, which will be presented as a gala is the story of Willie Stark (Penn), a charismatic Southern politician whose idealism is marred by his own corruption, success and insatiable lust for power. Also joining this year's line up is Bob Balaban's "Bernard and Boris," which is based on the life story of bill...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Ira," "Abby," and "Mario" Win in Audience Prizes; Fest Salutes "Sunshine" and "Qu

    Boasting an attendance of more than 80,000 this year, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close Sunday night at the Wadsworth Theater in West Los Angeles. On its final night, celeb presenter Christina Applegate announced two feature audience awards -- the fest-goers chose "Ira & Abby," written by (and co-starring) Jennifer Westfeldt and directed by Robert Cary, as the winner of the narrative audience award. The film, a true crowd-pleaser here in L.A. this year, marks Westfeldt's return to the festival following the successful launch of her first feature "Kissing Jessica Stein" here five years ago. The feature about modern r...

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    Fabian Bielinsky Dead at 47

    Fabian Bielinsky, director of "Nine Queens" and "El Aura" has died, according to media reports. Reuters indicated in a report Thursday that the Argentine filmmaker died in Sao Paulo of a heart attack. His latest feature ("El Aura") is scheduled to screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend...

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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 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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