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    Disney Downsizes Miramax

    Following months of rumors about its fate, The Wrap is reporting that Walt Disney is trimming the number of films its specialty division, Miramax, will release annually in addition to consolidating part of its operations.

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    Strand Gives "John" U.S. Home

    U.S. rights to Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s historical drama "John Rabe" have been picked up by Strand Releasing. The German-French-Chinese co-production is based on the diaries of John Rabe who was known as the "Schindler of China" because of his role in rescuing 200,000 civilians du...

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    "Baaria" Under Fire As Animal Rights Groups Demand Tornatore's Prosecution

    Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria" - recently selected as Italy's foreign language film submission for the 82nd Academy Awards - has found itself in the midst of considerable controversy. Reuters is reporting that Italy's main animal rights group has asked prosecutors to stop further screenings of the film "because it features the gruesome slaughtering of a bull." The head of the National Association for Animal Protection (ENPA), Carla Rocchi, filed a complaint saying a scene in the film that details a bull being first struck with an ice pick and then having its throat slit while still alive amounted to "senseless cruelty." She also asked that To...

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    "Last Station" To Sony Classics

    Thompson on Hollywood is reporting that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Telluride premiere "The Last Station" for North American and Latin American release. The film follows the final year of the life of Russian Socialist writer Leo Tolstoy. It was directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Helen ...

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    QuickShots | Polanski News, Here - E1 Deal, Peace Arch Pick up, Castings & Industry Moves

    Here Films teams with E1 for DVD deal

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    Ortenberg To Launch Entertainment Company Week After Leaving Weinsteins

    The Wrap is reporting that less than a week after leaving The Weinstein Company, Tom Ortenberg has announced the launch of his own broad-based entertainment company, One Way Out Media.

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    "Hadewijch" Congregates to North America

    North American rights to director Bruno Dumont's 2009 Toronto International Film Festival feature, "Hadewijch" have been picked up by IFC Films. The film, about a religious exremist's absolute love of God and the consequences it brings, will have its U.S. debut this Sunday at the New York Film Festi...

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    Lorber Grabs "Nobody's"

    [Editor's Note: iW mistakenly reported that "Nobody's Perfect" was Germany's pick for documentary consideration. Countries do not submit films for documentary consideration, though "Perfect" has been submitted on its own merit after qualification.]

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    "Desired" Director Zenovich Responds To Polanski Prosecutor's "Lies"

    Marina Zenovich, director and produced of last year's doc "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," has released a statement regarding retired Los Angeles County prosecutor David Wells' decision to come forward yesterday and allege that he lied on camera during the filming of Zenovich's doc. Wells - wh...

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    Reitman's "Air" Heads To December

    Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has decided to push the initial limited release of Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" from November 13th to December 4th. The film will now roll out through December, going wide on Christmas Day. This marks almost the exact strategy Reitman's "Juno" took t...

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