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    LAFF '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Mingling the Trashy and the Pop & Going High Profile

    With two midnight sections and horror films for both the centerpiece and closing night selections, the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival certainly loves its genre film. Cleverly placing the more serious, truly terrifying films in the festival's "Dark Wave" section and the trashier, pure pop sensations ...

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    TORONTO '07 | "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" Set for 32nd TIFF; Fest Names 32 Films for '07 Event

    Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" will premiere as a Gala Presentation at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, organizers have announced. Reprising the roles they originated in seven-time Academy Award-nominated "Elizabeth," Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush star in the historical thriller. Queen Elizabeth I (Academy Award-winner Blanchett) faces bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal in this installment. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II (Jordi Molla)--with his powerful army and sea-...

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    FESTIVALS | Maui Film Festival Serves Up Feasts, Stars and Enlightenment

    Surf, turf, movies under the stars, and plenty of opportunities for enlightenment: The Maui Film Festival closed its 8th edition Sunday night. Standout films divided time between politically-charged docs and studio sneak peaks, while highlights on the party front included every culinary event the fe...

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    iW NEWS | "Joshua" a Centerpiece at Upcoming LAFF

    George Ratliff's Fox Searchlight feature "Joshua" will screen as the Centerpiece at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival on June 26. The event, taking place June 21 - July 1, describes the film as a "smart, bone-chilling psychological thriller about an upscale American family faced with an inner s...

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    iW NEWS | Slamdance Seeks Pilots in Call for Entries for '08 Fest

    Announcing the call for entries for its upcoming 14th annual event, the Slamdance Film Festival (January 17 - 25, 2008) has launched a call for original pilot submissions, along with the regular submissions for new short films. In an email to indieWIRE today, Slamdance's Dan Mirvish acknowledged the changing nature of short films, adding, "It's become clear that more and more filmmakers are making shorts with an eye towards serializing them either on the web and/or on TV. Likewise, the TV and web industry are looking at shorts with increased awareness and trying to spot new ideas and talent. Hopefully, by designating a pilots category of sh...

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    AP: Cannes winner praises Romania's films

    Cristian Mungiu, the first Romanian to win the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, says his country's recent movie output helped him win the award. He has said "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" shows how people's choices are affected by the political system, indoctrination and stereotyping. The film had ...

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    The Guardian Interview: Out of the back room

    The film world's collective jaw may have dropped on Sunday night when "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," a Romanian film about abortion with no stars and costing under half a million pounds, walked off with the Palme d'Or in Cannes. Less surprised, probably, was its director, Cristian Mungiu. He was co...

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    CANNES '07 | 10 Films To Watch from the 60th Festival de Cannes

    Dozens of new films from the recent Cannes Film Festival will receive attention and acclaim at film festivals, and ultimately in distribution, around the world after launching earlier this month. In a final festival dispatch from France, indieWIRE offers a subjective hotlist of 10 films worth watchi...

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    SFC: Health reformers to piggyback on "Sicko"

    Michael Moore couldn't have scheduled the release of his movie "Sicko" at a more opportune time. The film, which opens in theaters in the United States on June 29, arrives as many states, including California, have introduced health care reform proposals. In polls, health care routinely ranks among ...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH: Mungiu's "4 Months..." Wins Palme d'Or; Schnabel Snaps Directing Prize and "Med

    Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" from Romania won the Palme d'Or as the 60th Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night with winners taking their bows. The prizes were presented prior to the closing night screening of Denys Arcand's "L'Age Des Tenebres," marking the end of the 2007 festival. Selecting the winners in the '07 Cannes competition were jury president Stephen Frears, along with fellow jurors: actress Maggie Cheung, actress Toni Collette, director and actress Maria de Medeiros, director and actress Sarah Polley, director Marco Bellocchio, writer Orhan Pamuk, director and actor Michel Piccoli, and director A...

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