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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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    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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