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    "Lucy" Leads Toronto Critics' Awards

    In a nice change of pace from the predictable rotation of best picture winners happening around the United States, the Toronto Film Critics' Association named Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" best picture of the year, in addition to honoring its star, Michelle Williams, as best actress. "Rachel Getting Married" was another big winner, taking best director (Jonathan Demme), best screenplay (Jenny Lumet) and best supporting actress (Rosemarie DeWitt). "Rachel" was also the runner-up for best picture, while Anne Hathaway was the runner-up for best actress. Both films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as did best actor winner...

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    Berlinale Adds Doc To Generation Section

    Thirteen films have already been selected to participate in the "Generation" section of the 2009 Berlinale - seven in "Kplus" and six in "14plus." A record number of more than 1000 films have been submitted this year. For the first time, Generation will screen a documentary for its younger audiences in the Kplus competition. Mexican director Eugenio Polgovsky's "Los herederos" explores how "hard work defines the lives and existence of children and their families." "We cannot ignore documentary material that has such an enormous impact on the screen," said section director Maryanne Redpath in a statement. The selection process for Generation w...

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    Cowal Promoted At Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has announced that Matt Cowal has been promoted to Vice President of Publicity and Marketing for Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing. Cowal has been with the company for nearly two years, previously serving as Director of Publicity and Marketing, overseeing regional publicity an...

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    Dallas, Houston Critics Weigh In With Awards

    Two Texas critics' groups announced their annual awards, with the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics' Association giving best picture to Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and the Houston Film Critics' Association feting David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." The groups agreed on Boyle for best director, as well as all acting honors: "Milk's "Sean Penn for best actor, "Rachel Getting Married"'s Anne Hathaway for best actress, "The Dark Knight"'s Heath Ledger for best supporting actor, and "Doubt"'s Viola Davis for best supporting actress. They split on screenplay honors, with Dallas honoring Dustin Lance Black"'s "Milk" script and Hou...

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    iW NEWS | Green Film Starts Reichert's "Gerrymandering"

    Green Film Company announced the start of production on its third film, Jeff Reichert's political documentary "Gerrymandering". The film is financed by a bi-partisan investor group formed by leading online education entrepreneur Bill Mundell, and written and directed by Jeff Reichert, former Senior ...

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    49 Songs Eligible For Oscar

    Forty-nine songs from eligible feature films are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 81st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed here. They include 11 songs from "High School Musical 3" (or over a fifth of the contenders). On Tuesday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the categ...

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    TIFFG Unveils Canada's Top 10 for '08

    Canada's Top Ten feature and short films for 2008 were announced by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, which organizes screenings and Q&As with filmmakers whose films are chosen by the organization. The films and other events will take place January 30 - February 7 at Cinematheque Ontario, and tickets go on sale December 16. Canada's Top Ten films are chosen by national panels of filmmakers, journalists, programmers and industry professionals among narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental films. Films in this year's roster include: "Adoration" by Atom Egoyan, "Before Tomorrow" by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piuj...

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    IndiePix Partners with Dogwoof for U.K. Distribution

    Internet-based distributor IndiePix has partnered with U.K. film distributor Dogwoof in a bid to extend each company's reach in the other's respective territories. As part of the agreement, Dogwoof will promote IndiePix's leading titles across the UK through a variety of distribution formats including theatrical screenings, DVD sales, TV contracts and online distributions. IndiePix currently has over 3,000 titles within its film catalog and will work with Dogwoof to build a portfolio of titles for the UK audience. The first IndiePix title slated to go live through Dogwoof is "End of America," based on a book by Naomi Wolf. "IndiePix is especi...

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    Santa Barbara Names Virtuosos Award Recipients

    Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon have been named the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2009 Virtuosos Award recipients. The awards, honoring the year's standout performers, will be presented Wednesday, January 28 at the 24th edition of the Fest, which runs January 22-February 1, 2009. "Each of these virtuosos have dazzled us with some of the most unexpected, scene-stealing, heart-breaking, uncompromising, fearless and startling performances of the year," said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling in a statement. Last year's recipients of this inaugural award were Casey A...

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    Film Department To Remake "Man"

    The Film Department has set Peter Chelsom ("Shall We Dance") to direct a remake of the Italian film "The Perfect Man" with Colleen McGuinness adapting the screenplay, and Di Novi Pictures producing. The remake is based on "L'Uomo Perfetto," and centers on three young adults - two women and a man - who have been friends since childhood. When the man and one of the women get engaged, the other woman tries to sabotage it, hiring a male model and training him to become a "perfect match" for the woman. The English-language version of the picture will be produced by Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Mark Gill and Robert Katz, with Neil Sacker and M...

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