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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Film Blogs and Politics In Focus

    Monday was essentially blogger day at the concurrent film and interactive conferences at SXSW '06, with a panel about film blogging, an evening party for bloggers and the presentation of the Bloggies honoring the best in online weblogs. The two concurrent SXSW conferences precede the annual music ev...

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    And the blog of the year is...

    Winner of the Weblog of the Year prize at The Bloggies -- just announced here at the SXSW Interactive conference -- is PostSecret, a blog where readers and fans mail in secrets on 4x6 postcards, the cards are posted on the site...

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    "Perhaps Love" and "A Prairie Home Companion" to Bookend 49th San Francisco International Film Festi

    Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, organizers of the event, revealed this week. Chan will attend the event at the historic Castro Theatre along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and visiting Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe. Seen through a series of flashbacks and "film-within-a-film numbers," "Perhaps Love" is described by the event as a "lavish and heartfelt romantic triangle set in Shanghai and Beijing," starring Jacky Cheung ("July Rhapsody"), Zhou Xun ("Suzhou River"), Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers") and Jee Jin-hee ("If You Were Me"). Th...

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    DISPATCH FROM SXSW: Big Talk and Even Bigger Crowds During Opening Days in Austin

    Big crowds and even a few heated panel discussions marked the opening weekend of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival here in warm Austin, TX. Film festival producer Matt Dentler told a full house crowd at the Paramount Theater Sunday night that the event is seeing attendance figures that are 50% h...

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    "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" To Kick-Off Toronto's 2006 Festival

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival will open on September 7, 2006 with the world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," festival organizers announced today (Wednesday). Planners are getting a jump on scheduling this year, locking in the anticipated Canadian title in the fest's high-profile opening slot, always used as a showcase for a new film from the country. The movie, exploring the history of the Inuit people through the eyes of a father and daughter, marks Kunuk's follow-up to his 2001 film, "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)," which won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best C...

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    "Paris je t'aime" To Open Cannes' Un Certain Regard '06

    "Paris je t'aime", a film including a collection of short films from some 20 international filmmakers, each focusing on one of Paris' arrondissements (or neighborhoods), will open the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Festival de Cannes. The movie, produced by Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy, features five minute love stories directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico), Gurinder Chadha (India), Gus Van Sant (USA), Isabelle Coixet (Spain), Joel & Ethan Coen (USA), Nobuhiro Suwa (Japan), Alexander Payne (USA), Oliver Schmitz (South Africa), Richard LaGravenese (USA), Tom Tykwer (Germany), Vincenzo Natali (Italy), Walter Salles (Brazil), Wes Cra...

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    Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Beastie Boys Among Musicians at SXSW Film Festival

    Musician Neil Young, jazz legend Herbie Hancock as well as hip-hop icons the Beastie Boys are among the musicians attending the 2006 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) for documentaries screening during the event (March 10-18) in Austin, TX. Young will attend the fest with director Jonathan Demme for their film, "Heart of Gold," while Hancock will be at SXSW on Friday, March 17, for the world premiere of Doug Biro and Jon Fine's documentary, "Possibilities," which follows the recording of Hancock's album of the same name. The Beastie Boys will be in attendance for a Wednesday, March 15 regional premiere of their concert film, "Awesome: I...

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    BBC: "The Road to Guantanamo" Actors Stopped at Airport

    The stars of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' "The Road to Guantanamo" were stopped at the airport on their return to Britain from the Berlin International Film Festival, where Winterbottom and Whitecross had received a Silver Bear for best director. Actors Rizwan Ahmed and Farhad Harun and ...

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    Theron, Cross, Sloss & Blackwell Join SXSW Panels

    Actress Charlize Theron and actor/comedian David Cross have been added as panelists at the 2006 SXSW Film Conference & Festival, kicking off in early March in Austin, TX. Panels will take place from March 11 - 14 at the Austin Convention Center, while the fest will run from March 10 - 18. Theron, a ...

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    "Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear At 2006 Berlinale; Winterbotton & Whitecross Win Directing Prize

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city. The film, from Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the story of a mother and daughter set in post-war Sarajevo.

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