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    NYFF CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Religion, Monarchy and More From the NYFF's Second Half

    Movies fascinated with royalty bookend the New York Film Festival, which opened with Stephen Frears' crowd-pleasing "The Queen" and showcases Sofia Coppola's meretricious "Marie Antoinette" closing weekend, but overall, eclectism rules. Far from Balmoral and Versailles are the Cairo streets where Ta...

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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: In Defense of Peace, Reykjavik Film Fest Spotlights Conflict

    Films from Eastern Europe as well as the former Yugoslavia, including a spotlight on Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic ("The Optimists"), are some of the themes of this year's Reykjavik International Film Festival, currently underway in Iceland. The festival opened with Stephen Frears' critically a...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: With NY Fest Underway, "Little Children" and "Bamako" Stir Viewers

    Those who attend the New York Film Festival for the first time quickly notice that at the esteemed Manhattan event things are done a bit differently. This is not your typical film festival, rather its more of a nightly showcase. Just two films from the event's main program screen for the public each...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: Considering Customs and Change on Opening Night #44, Stephen Frears' "The Qu

    The classic tug of war between tradition and modernization is quite apparent as the 44th New York Film Festival heads into opening night with the gala North American premiere of "The Queen," Stephen Frears' new film featuring a spectacular performance by Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. "For...

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    DISPATCH FROM IFP MARKET '06: Heavy Hitters and Newcomers Alike Consider Niche Riches at Filmmaker C

    In Chris Anderson's popular new book The Long Tail, about "the new economics of culture and commerce," the Wired magazine editor-in-chief explores, "Why the future of business is selling less of more." That is, how a number of businesses that make their money selling culture (music, movies, books) m...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: "Bella" Shines With Audience Prize; Fest Anticipates 40 U.S. Deals from

    While some industry insiders bemoaned the lack of deal-making midway through the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers at the festival are confident that when all is said and done the event will see a record number of acquisitions of new films by U.S. distributors. Toronto festival co...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Waters and JCM Talk Sex; The Dixie Chicks Talk Back

    The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival wrap ups this weekend, with an awards presentation and final screenings. 27,747 minutes of movies will have screened by fest's end, in front of some 305,000 admissions. Among the highlights of the week was an on-stage conversation between filmmakers John ...

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    TORONTO '06: From Lennon to Cobain, Music Docs Rock Toronto

    This year's Toronto International Film Festival features several standout music documentaries covering vastly different themes - from Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" to Jerome Laperrousaz's "Made in Jamaica." Among the most buzzed about music docs were AJ Schnack'...

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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Verhoeven and Jia Offer Fest Surprises, Sarah Polley Shines

    Wednesday is technically the three-quarter-mark at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it might as well be its final hours. As of Thursday, most industry folks and critics have already hopped on planes back home, while those that haven't wish that they had. And pronouncements about the fest...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Hal Hartley Back With "Fay Grim"; Eytan Fox' Latest, "The Bubble"

    Two filmmakers, both born in New York, are in the spotlight as indieWIRE looks at a pair of films that have struck a chord with Toronto International Film Festival audiences as the event heads into the final stretch: Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim" and Eytan Fox's "The Bubble." While "Grim" is set for dome...

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