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    A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod

    A record 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards, AMPAS President Sid Ganis announced Wednesday. Among the entries released by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are Israel's "Beaufort," after "The Band's Vi...

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    iW BOT | Box Office Will Tear Us Apart: Weinstein's "Control" Tops in NY, "Lars" Attracts Flesh and

    A rocking weekend gross of $27,674 at New York's Film Forum made photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn's "Control" the top release on the iWBOT. "Control," about the British post-punk band Joy Division and its troubled vocalist Ian Curtis, was The Weinstein Company's highest exclusive debut since "Sicko," which was a collaboration with Lionsgate. Director Craig Gillespie's comedy "Lars and the Real Girl," a co-production between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and MGM, earned $90,418 from seven screens. Its $12,917 per-screen average reached the number two spot on the iWBOT, which ranks releases by per-screen average. Rounding out the iWBOT To...

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    iW BOT | Big Wheels Keep Rolling: Wes Anderson's "Darjeeling Limited," Ang Lee's NC-17 Drama "Lust,

    A steamrolling weekend gross of $561,628 made Wes Anderson's sibling comedy "The Darjeeling Limited" the top release on the iWBOT, which ranks films by per-screen average. "Darjeeling Limited" was also Fox Searchlight's best fall comedy, so far outperforming its 2004 comedy "Sideways." Focus Feature...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets 2 From NYFF: "Girl" & "Actresses"

    IFC Entertainment has announced its acquisition two French films screening at the New York Film Festival, Claude Chabrol's "A Girl Cut in Two" and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "Actresses." Already a box office hit in France, Chabrol's thriller opened there this summer and also screened at the Toronto an...

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    iW BOT | Perfect Manhattan: Wes Anderson Fans Swarm NY Theaters for "Darjeeling Limited"; Focus Feat

    An out-of-this-world, two-day gross of $134,938 from two New York locations made Wes Anderson's sibling comedy "The Darjeeling Limited" the top film on the iWBOT and the top two-day debut of 2007. "Darjeeling Limited" was also Fox Searchlight's best exclusive opening since its 2005 Woody Allen release "Melinda and Melinda." Focus Features shattered the NC-17 Rating ceiling with debut earnings of $63,918 at New York's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas for Ang Lee's Shanghai- set drama "Lust, Caution." With debut earnings just behind "Darjeeling Limited," Ang Lee's World War II era spy drama earned the number two spot on the iWBOT, which ranks films by per...

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Acquires Two

    NonStop Entertainment has acquired Ken Loach's "It's a Free World" and Rodrigo Pla's "La Zona," which won the FIPRESCI prize in Toronto and the best first feature award at Venice. NonStop will hold the rights to "World" in Scandinavia and Iceland and for "Zona" in Scandinavia and the Baltics. [Peter...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Gets Sokurov's Latest

    Alexander Sokurov's "Alexandra" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by The Cinema Guild, the company announced today. Described as the story of "a Russian grandmother who travels to a remote military outpost to visit her grandson," "Alexandra" is set to screen later this week at the New York Fil...

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    iW BOT | The Great Indoors: Audiences Stuff Cinemas For Sean Penn's Wilderness Drama "Into the Wild"

    "Into the Wild," actor-filmmaker Sean Penn's adaptation of the Jon Krakauer novel, earned $212,000 for Paramount Vantage. Its $53,000 per-screen average was tops on the iWBOT and Paramount Vantage's best debut since its 2006 global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." "Helvetica," a look at ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Scares up North American Rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman"

    North American distribution rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman" have been picked up by Magnet, the newly formed genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, the group has announced. The deal for the two action films, written, directed and edited by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia SVP, Tom Quinn, and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego, with producer Derek Rundell and producer's rep Houston King. Magnet will also produce Zaror's next film, which will be announced soon. "I've never seen anyone with Marko's power and size exhibit such agility and acrobatic skill. He's amazing to watch," commented Quinn in a statement. "I haven't be...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take Picks up Sundance winner "Padre Nuestro"

    Sundance '07 Grand Jury winner "Padre Nuestro" has been acquired by IFC First Take and will be released in Spring of 2008, according to a Friday announcement. [Brian Brooks]

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