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    "Milk" Tops With San Fran Critics

    The The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced their annual awards, with Gus Van Sant's "Milk" dominating. The San Francisco-set Harvey Milk biopic won best picture, best director, and best original screenplay for Dustin Lance Black, while Sean Penn tied "The Wrestler"'s Mickey Rourke for best actor. Rourke's co-star Marisa Tomei won best supporting actress, and "Happy-Go-Lucky"'s Sally Hawkins and "The Dark Knight"'s Heath Ledger won best actress and best supporting actor. Other winners included "Frost/Nixon"'s Peter Morgan for best adapted screenplay, "The Dark Knight"'s Wally Pfister for best cinematography, "My Winnipeg" for best doc...

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    iW BOT *UPDATE* | "Torino," "Doubt" Lead Parade of Oscar Hopefuls, "Che"'s "Roadshow" Plays To Sold

    The third-to-last weekend of 2008 saw three films open to per-theater-averages of over $30,000, and three more seeing strong holdover numbers. According to final numbers from Rentrak, leading the extremely competitive pack was Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," which on six screens averaged $45,287 (the year's second best PTA behind last weekend's "Frost/Nixon"), while John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" averaged $33,815 from 15. Perhaps more impressive, though, was IFC's "Roadshow" release of Steven Soderbergh's "Che." Obviously restrained by its four hour plus running, the film sold out nearly all its weekend screenings in New York and Los Angeles ...

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    "Battle" To Kick Off Stranger Than Fiction's Winter Season

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by IFC Center, will launch its ninth season on January 13, 2009 with a sneak preview of Ben Kempas' "Upstream Battle." Other films scheduled for the season include Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz's "Education of Shelby Knox," Nina Davenport's "Parallel Lines," Morgan Dews' "Must Read After My Death," Lucia Small and Ed Pincus's "Axe in the Attic," Alan Berlinher's "Intimate Stranger," Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio's "Girls Like Us," Joseph Dorman's "Arguing The World," Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman's "American Swing," and a tribute t...

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    AFI Announces Top Ten of 2008

    The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2008, including their annual top ten list. Selections are made through AFI's 13-person jury process in which "scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection." The top ten are, in alphabetical order: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Iron Man," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler." AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the se...

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    "WALL-E," "Slumdog" Tie For Top Boston Honors

    The Boston Society of Film Critics' Awards were announced today, with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" and Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" tying for best picture of the year. "WALL-E" also won best animated film, while "Slumdog" picked up an award for Chris Dickens' editing. Gus Van Sant's "Milk" won the most honors, including Van Sant himself for directing (an award shared for his work on "Paranoid Park") and Dustin Lance Black for best screenplay. Sean Penn tied "The Wrestler"'s Mickey Rourke for best actor, while Sally Hawkins, Heath Ledger and Penelope Cruz continued sweeps or near-sweeps of critics' awards for actress, supporting actor and ...

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    Screen Media Has "Affair"

    William Sten Olsson's "An American Affair, a "presidential thriller" starring Gretchen Mol and Noah Wyle, has been acquired by Screen Media Films. The company acquired worldwide rights from Astrakan Films and has readied the film for a US theatrical release on February 27, 2009. The deal was negotiated by President of Screen Media Films Robert Baruc and Executive Vice President David Fannon. Astrakan Films was represented by ICM and attorney William Archer. Screen Media will launch the film in 5 US cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, and will platform nationwide thereafter. It will introduce the film to international bu...

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    Fifteen Make Academy's Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards: "Australia," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Cloverfield," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Hancock," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "The Incredible Hulk," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Iron Man," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spiderwick Chronicles." In early January, the members of the Academy's Visu...

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    Jackman to Host Oscars

    Actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to host the 81st Academy Awards on on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia," Jackman's credits include films in the X-Men series and work on stage in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," among others.

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    Cast of "Road" To Be Honored At Palm Springs

    The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor the cast of "Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" with the Ensemble Performance Award at the Festival's annual Awards Gala. Cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour ...

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    Meet Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro

    Steven Soderbergh will be at the Zeigfeld Theater tomorrow night in Manhattan for the opening night of "Che," participating in a Q & A after the 7 p.m. screening of the two-part film, meanwhile lead actor Benicio DelToro, producer Laura Bickford and writer Peter Buchman will participate in Q & A's after Saturday's 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. screenings at the Landmark in West Los Angeles. The Roadshow edition of the film will screen for one week only in New York and Los Angeles. indieWIRE recently interviewed Soderbergh about the new film, in a conversation about video-on-demand, the RED digital camera, landscape photography and the benefits of b...

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