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    "The Fountain" and "Inland Empire" Added as AFI Fest Unveils Complete '06 Lineup

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" and David Lynch's "Inland Empire" have been added as Centerpiece Galas at the 2006 AFI Fest in Los Angeles, joining Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" as centerpiece films at the festival, running November 1 - 12, 2006. The announcement was made as organizers unveiled the complete lineup for the festival, set to kick off with Emilio Estevez' "Bobby" (the closing film is still to be announced). Aronofsky's "The Fountain" stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, while Lynch's latest film stars Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons and Justin Theroux. Also added is a special evening with Ed Zwick. Aronofsky, Lynch and Zwick are all alum...

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    Sundance and Open Society Institute Launch NYC Showcase

    Nineteen films will screen at Film Forum in New York City next month as part of a retrospective presented by the Open Society Institute and Sundance Institute. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund, the film will open on October 26th with Mandy Jacobsen and Karmen Jelincic's "Calling The Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women," an early film backed by the fund. Other films set to screen, through October 29th, include Elizabeth Barret's "Stranger With a Camera" (2000), Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman's "Long Night's Journey Into Day" (1999), Jasmila Zbanic's "Red Rubber Boots" (2000), Michael Hammon and Ja...

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    American Film Institute Launches AFI Project 20/20

    The American Film Institute has announced a new international cultural exchange program aimed at marking the 20 year anniversary of AFI FEST and connecting filmmakers around the world. AFI Project 20/20 will include up to 20 filmmakers with movies playing at this year's festival (November 1-12 in Ho...

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    AFI FEST Sets "Bobby" for Opening Night and Unveils 13 World Premieres

    Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," the story of the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968, will open the 2006 AFI FEST, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, much of the large ensemble cast from the film are expected to attend the opening night at the festival. Also announced were 13 of the films that will have their world premieres at the 2006 AFI FEST, including David Cunningham's "After," J.B. Rutagarama's "Back Home," Chad Lowe's "Beautiful Ohio," David Boyle's "Big Dreams, Little Tokyo," Alan White's "Broken," Daniel Jones & Dann Sytsma's "Comic Evangelists," Alante Kavaite's "Fissures ...

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    AFP: Spike Lee continues attack on Bush over Katrina response

    American filmmaker Spike Lee continued at the Toronto Film Festival to berate US President George W. Bush over Washington's response to Hurricane Katrina, ahead of US mid-term elections in November. "This is the worst president in the history of the United States of America. He's taken us to hell in...

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    PEOPLE: Toronto Diary: Who's Got Oscar Buzz?

    In a Toronto International Film Festival diary entry, People Magazine's Leah Rozen offers her take on this year's festival and shares a few early Oscar prognostications:After a winter, spring and summer of mostly lousy, forgettable, pea-brained movies (Little Miss Sunshine, Superman Returns, Thank Y...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: "Bella" Shines With Audience Prize; Fest Anticipates 40 U.S. Deals from

    While some industry insiders bemoaned the lack of deal-making midway through the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers at the festival are confident that when all is said and done the event will see a record number of acquisitions of new films by U.S. distributors. Toronto festival co...

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    Winners Announced at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival

    Today, Saturday 16, 2006 as the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close awards were announced in the following categories:

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Waters and JCM Talk Sex; The Dixie Chicks Talk Back

    The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival wrap ups this weekend, with an awards presentation and final screenings. 27,747 minutes of movies will have screened by fest's end, in front of some 305,000 admissions. Among the highlights of the week was an on-stage conversation between filmmakers John ...

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    TORONTO '06: From Lennon to Cobain, Music Docs Rock Toronto

    This year's Toronto International Film Festival features several standout music documentaries covering vastly different themes - from Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" to Jerome Laperrousaz's "Made in Jamaica." Among the most buzzed about music docs were AJ Schnack'...

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