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Foster Back at the Ranch

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It's no wonder Jodie Foster doesn't have time to preside over the Cannes jury; her cattle need tending to. The actor and producer is producing and may star in One Hundred Years On, a modern-day western in which women play the primary roles. The plot centers on a woman who fights against interlopers to keep her cattle ranch. Penned by Dana Stevens of Life or Something Like It, the film has been bought by Paramount. ...

Apocalypse Again

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An expanded and more elaborate version of Francis Ford Coppola's celebrated Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now will premiere at this year's Cannes film festival in May as part of a tribute to the American director. Coppola and editor Walter Murch have added 53 minutes of material to the original picture, which shared the Palme d'Or with The Tin Drum when it first premiered at Cannes in 1979. ...

BAFTAS: the View from the Cheap Seats

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The Orange BAFTA Film Awards February 25 by former BAFTA nominee, Tim Clague BAFTA's decision to move the annual film awards to a pre-Oscar slot seems to have paid off. This year no less than 15 Hollywood A-list stars descended on Leicester Square in "England's famous London" (to quote emcee Stephen Fry). So Chritina Ricci, Michelle Yeoh and Annette Benning squashed and quaffed alongside Robert De Niro, Russell Crowe and Tom Hanks. Robert Altman, Albert Finney and Maggie Smit...

Taste Prevails at Cesars

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France's 26th Cesar Awards Saturday February 25 Bonjour to the Nouveau Garde! Despite hefty competition from heavyweights like Patrice Leconte and Olivier Assayas, two rising directors took the top honors at this year's 26th Annual Cesar Awards, the French Oscar equivalent. Agnes Jaoui won Best Film for her feature debut The Taste of Others (Le Gout des Autres). The film also won Best screenplay (for Jaoui and her longtime writing partner Jean Pierre Bacri)...

AFM Continues Despite Protests

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American Film Market Feb 21 - 28 (Los Angeles)The 2001 American Film Market opened Wednesday, February 21, amid rumors of a depressed global indie marketplace and lowered expectations from American buyers. Even so, the Market, which comes on the heels of the Berlinale Market screenings as well as Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals, is offering a record 400 films for sale including 238 that are premiering here. Over 70 countries and 1500 buyers have jamme...

Yahoo! Brings Festival to Online Stage

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For the second year, Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival will showcase its 29 short-film finalists exclusively on Yahoo!® Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com). As the official online sponsor of the Festival, Yahoo! Movies is screening the films, and will be the only place where film enthusiasts can vote on the Festival's preselected shorts, many of which are world premieres. Beginning today, anyone can view the films and cast their votes at http://movies.yahoo.com/onli...

Ryan-Crowe Romance Doomed Film

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Proof of Life director Taylor Hackford says that the box office demise of the film was caused by the short-lived off-screen romance between its two leading actors. Hollywood stars Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan began a high-profile affair during the film's shooting, rendered all the more interesting to the press because of Ryan's recent split with actor husband Dennis Quaid. According to Hackford, the romance "had an indelible and very destructive effect on the release of the film in the...

Director Heckerling on Cloud Nine

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The director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless and Loser, Amy Heckerling, is negotiating to direct a remake of the recent Japanese film After Life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Originally directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, the 1998 film was a favorite on the film festival circuit, winning a prize that year at the San Sebastian fest. The story centers on a way station between Earth and heaven where angel counselors help the newly arrived choose one memory to take with them...

Binoche Assumes Lead in Salles Pic

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Juliette Binoche will most likely be flanked by actors Geoffrey Rush (Quills) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) in her next film, The Assumption of a Virgin, to be directed by Central Station-helmer Walter Salles. Set in 15th-century Italy, the film tells the story of a nun who leaves her convent to follow a Florentine painter. ...

Oberhausen Finds Time for Short Films

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47th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen May 3 - 8 (Germany) 2001 Time for short films Oberhausen is gearing up to host its 47th international short film festival. This year, 140 short productions will compete in the four Oberhausen competitions for awards to a total value of 75,000 DM. The German competition This presents the world's largest overview of German short film production. In Germany's only international children's short fi...

Shyamalan is Guest of Honor at First Glance

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FirstGlance 4: Philadelphia Film and Video Festival March 26 - 30 (Philadelphia) Philadelphia's first and only underground, independent, competitive, bi-coastal film and video festival will run from Monday March 26 to Friday March 30 at the Pen and Pencil Club and Alley Arts Studios in Philadelphia. This year's FirstGlance Award (presented to a Philadelphia born or raised individual who has made an impact on Hollywood) will be presented to M. Night Shyamalan (direc...

Arab Festival Moves to Doha

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Arabscreen Independent Film Festival March 17 - 23, Doha (Qatar) ASIFF aims at honouring and recognizing veteran Arab filmmakers and encouraging young talents by giving them the freedom to express their social, political and human concerns with independence and freedom in short films and documentaries. It also introduces International Panorama from USA, Canada, UK, France, India, Spain, Italy, and Argentina.. The first annual festival was held in London in Apr...

Independent Festival Lands in DC

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The DC Independent Film Festival & Market March 7 - 11 DC Independent Film Festival & Market (DCIFF) -- where independent vision & technology meet. DCIFF showcases independent films of all format and styles, utilizing both traditional and cutting edge technology. The festival will also hold special sidebars showcasing independent features, documentaries & shorts produced by DC area filmmakers, as well as international women's films. Festival Overview 11 features, 8 shorts, ...

Legal Dogfight Over Amores Perros

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The UK release of Mexican director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's Amores Perros is being threatened by a 1937 law prohibiting cruelty to animals. The film's pivotal 21-second dogfighting scene has the British Board of Film Classification and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals worried that the dogs were actually hurt during shooting. The film, which has won numerous festival awards since its premiere at Cannes last May, is being defended by several people in the...

No Vacancies at Figgis's Hotel

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Mike Figgis's upcoming Hotel is at full capacity with an ensemble cast that now includes Lucy Lui, Saffron Burrows, Burt Reynolds, Chiara Mastroianni, Omella Muti and Rhys Ifans. They join Salma Hayek, David Schwimmer, Danny Huston, Valeria Golino and Julian Sands on the pic, already shooting on location in Venice, Italy. Featuring a daring device whereby four frames of action show simultaneously on one screen, the indie flick culminates during the festivities at the Carnevale of Ven...

Depardieu, Skarsgard Join Dillon Cast

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For Beneath the Banyan Trees, his directorial debut, otherwise actor Matt Dillon has brought together an impressive cast that includes Gerard Depardieu, Stellen Skarsgard, James Caan and Natasha McElhone. Co-written by Dillon and Barry Gifford, the $17.5 million thriller started shooting Tuesday in Cambodia. ...

Thornton and Bentley Team For Prison Story

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A prison film once intended to star Sean Penn and Robert De Niro will now pair Wes Bentley and Billy Bob Thornton. To be directed by Marc Forster, Monster's Ball tells the story of Hank (Thornton), who lives with his racist father and his son, Sonny (Bentley). Hank falls in love with the widow of an executed prisoner at the jail where both he and Sonny work. ...

Lone Scherfig - Press Conference

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Scherfig, 41, recently directed episodes for the "Taxa" and "Morten Korch" television series in Denmark, while her last full-length feature, Når mor kommer hjem (On Their Own), starring Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, opened the 1998 Kinderfilmfest in Berlin. Her year 2001 feature Italian for Beginners was screened in competition with great success, picking up the FIPRESCI and Ecumenical prizes as well as the Silver Bear Jury prize. ...

Closing Ceremony - Rotterdam 2001

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Held at the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal alon the banks of the Meuse River, the VPRO Tiger Awards to the winning films (first or second features) of the 30th International Film Festival went to Bad Company (Mabudachi) by Furumaya Tomoyuki - Japan (also won the FIPRESCI prize), In Den Tag Hinein (The Days Between) by Maria Speth - Germany, and 25 Watts by Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll - Uruguay. ...

Series 7

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World Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Series 7 is Daniel Minahan's parody of our media-obsessed culture. It follows a new "reality-based" TV game show in which the rules are as follows: five contenders are randomly selected, given loaded guns, and followed for television broadcast. The last one alive wins. Minahan developed this film in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and was later invited back to workshop the script at the Filmmakers Lab. ...

Henry Bean: Beginner’s Luck

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Writer/director Henry Bean didn’t just premiere his first feature film at Sundance – he won the festival’s top honor, the Grand Jury Prize. His controversial film is based on a true story of a young Jewish teenager who leaves behind his religious orthodox background and becomes a menacing neo-Nazi. ...

Henry Bean: Beginner’s Luck

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Writer/director Henry Bean didn’t just premiere his first feature film at Sundance – he won the festival’s top honor, the Grand Jury Prize. His controversial film is based on a true story of a young Jewish teenager who leaves behind his religious orthodox background and becomes a menacing neo-Nazi. ...

Ryan Gosling

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If you don’t know the name now, you’ll surely know it soon. Ryan Gosling was the star of Sundance’s winning film, The Believer. Director Henry Bean did extensive auditions in New York looking for the perfect young man to play this demanding part. He was frustrated with the candidates until a 19-year-old Canadian actor named Ryan Gosling entered the room. "He came in dressed kind of sloppily, with a full head of hair and looked more like a skateboarder than an intense neo-Nazi",...

Ryan Gosling

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If you don’t know the name now, you’ll surely know it soon. Ryan Gosling was the star of Sundance’s winning film, The Believer. Director Henry Bean did extensive auditions in New York looking for the perfect young man to play this demanding part. He was frustrated with the candidates until a 19-year-old Canadian actor named Ryan Gosling entered the room. "He came in dressed kind of sloppily, with a full head of hair and looked more like a skateboarder than an intense neo-Nazi",...

No Sleep for this Gal! Jacqueline Bisset

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British-born Bisset stopped in Sundance to promote The Sleepy Time Gal, directed by Christopher Munch. In the film (screening in competition) she stars as a radio DJ whose show brought happiness to countless people even though she remained unfulfilled. Throughout her career Bisset has worked with such renowned directors such as Truffaut, Lumet and Polanski. Claude Chabrol's La cérémonie (Judgement in Stone) marks one of her recent European films. She took time off during the Sundance Film Fest...

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