Anthony Kaufman

Passion players

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Agree or disagree with the political perspective of "Syriana," says writer-director Stephen Gaghan about his conspiracy thriller, but the feelings that inspired the film's making should be familiar…

Ang Lee

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Ang Lee hails from Taiwan, but that hasn't stood in the way of his innate ability to tackle English and American subjects with the kind of intelligent, mature authority that distinguishes most of his…

Marketplace

Money men mint magic

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Oscar loves independents. Not a single wholly studio-backed project captured a top prize at last year's Academy Awards. Big winners "Million Dollar Baby," "The Aviator" and "Ray" all were co-financed…

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Manhattan mixer

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Matt Dillon isn't the star of a movie playing in theaters right now. But if the one-sheets in bus shelters throughout Manhattan are anything to go by, you'd think otherwise. Instead, his brooding mug…

Cash and cooperation

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One sure sign that the indie pic market is in full swing again is when it's tough to get any completion bonders, much less bankers, on the phone. These financial players report they've got plenty of…

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Range rovers

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"Brokeback Mountain" is out. Not in theaters, of course -- the film doesn't open until early December -- but its ill-fated love story about two gay cowboys has sprung from the closet.

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Going up the country

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Woodstock might be synonymous with the famous 1969 concert, but one of the central happenings at this year's Woodstock Film Festival involves an entirely different music festival. On Aug. 1, 1971…

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New York state of mind

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Autumn in the city means film fests for Gotham's showbiz players. On Sept. 23, the 43rd edition of the New York Film Festival kicks off; five days later, the upstate upstart Woodstock fest begins…

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