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Vancouver fest unveils Asia-heavy slate

Vancouver -- The Vancouver International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled what organizers called the largest slate of East Asian cinema in North America, including world premieres for Li Fifan's documentary "The Longwang Chronicles" and Zhao Ye's "Jalainur," which is set in wintry Manchuria.

The festival, which is set to run Sept. 25-Oct. 10, will screen 73 East Asian films, with 27 international premieres and 18 North American debuts.

The Dragons & Tigers competition for emerging Asian directors includes international premieres for "German + Rain" from Yokohama Satoko and Uchida Nobutero's "Kaza-Aana" (Japan) and Charliebebs Gohetia's "The 'Thank You' Girls" (Philippines) and North American premieres for Emily Tang's "Perfect Life" and Gao Wengdong's "Sweet Food City," both from China.

This year's Dragons & Tigers jury includes Ichiayama Shozo, filmmaker Pe-nek Ratanaruang and critic Elisabeth Lequeret.

Vancouver's 27th installment also has booked an international premiere for the Cuba Gooding Jr. starrer "Linewatch," from Kevin Bray and Sony Pictures Entertainment,
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Cuba Gooding Jr. to play doctor on 'Gifted'

Cuba Gooding Jr. to play doctor on 'Gifted'
Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to portray a real-life neurologist in "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," a TNT original movie that will air under the Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation banner.

The movie, based on Carson's memoir, will trace his journey from frustrated inner-city kid to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. It will air in the first quarter.

"Hands" is executive produced by Dan Angel, Margaret Loesch, Bruce Stein, Erin Keating and Thomas Carter. The movie is from Sony Pictures TV, Magna Global Entertainment, Thomasfilm and the Hatchery, the latter of which optioned the book and brought it, along with Carter ("Coach Carter"), to TNT and Sony. Carter will direct from a script by John Pielmeier.

Carson's memoir, which he wrote with Cecil Murphey, describes his childhood in a rough neighborhood of Detroit and his difficulties after his father "abandoned the family." Encouraged by his mother,
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Sony patrol lands 'Linewatch'

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired all worldwide rights to Kevin Bray's gang action thriller Linewatch starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Omari Hardwick and Evan Ross.

Gooding plays Michael Dixon, a one-time Los Angeles gang member who escapes his neighborhood to become a respected U.S. border patrol officer in New Mexico. But his peaceful life with his wife and daughter is threatened when a chance encounter leads the gang's psychotic leader, Drake (Hardwick), to his door, forcing Dixon to take extreme measures to protect his family.

Ross plays Dixon's nephew Little Boy, who sought out Drake as a surrogate father when Dixon disappeared and finds himself in the middle of their conflict. Sharon Leal plays Dixon's wife.

Sony is eyeing a 2008 theatrical release for the Motion Picture Corporation of America production, shot on location this summer in New Mexico. The film is directed by Bray (Walking Tall, All About the Benjamins), written by David W. Warfield (Ocean Park, Kill Me Again) and produced by Brad Krevoy and Reuben Liber of MPCA and Karri O'Reilly.

Ross lines up for Bray drama

NEW YORK -- Evan Ross will star opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in Kevin Bray's Mexican border-patrol drama Linewatch.

Ross, recently cast in Tony Kaye's drama Black Water Transit, will play Little Boy, the nephew of border-patrol agent and one-time Los Angeles gang member Michael Dixon (Gooding). The two shared a strong bond before Dixon disappeared from Los Angeles, leaving Little Boy to join the gang and seek out a psychotic member as his surrogate father. When a chance encounter leads the gang to Dixon, the agent is forced to take extreme measures to protect his family.

The Motion Picture Corporation of America production, shooting on location in New Mexico, is produced by Brad Krevoy and Karri O'Reilly.

Ross, the son of Diana Ross, recently appeared in Lionsgate's Pride, HBO Films' Life Support, Warner Bros. Pictures' ATL and the upcoming Life Is Hot in Cracktown. Gooding's credits include Sony Pictures' Jerry Maguire, for which he won the best supporting actor Oscar; DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures' Norbit; the upcoming Sony Pictures' Daddy Day Camp; Universal Pictures' American Gangster; and Harold for City Lights Pictures and M.E.G.A Films.

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