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Hollywood fest marquee: 'Glass,' 'Stain'

Hollywood fest marquee: 'Glass,' 'Stain'
The U.S. premiere of 11:14, a closing-night premiere of Shattered Glass and a special event screening of The Human Stain are among the highlights of this year's Hollywood Film Festival lineup. The seventh annual edition of the fest, which begins Oct. 15, will feature 10 world premieres and 28 U.S. premieres. Director Greg Marcks' drama 11:14 will open the festival, while Billy Ray's Shattered Glass will hold down the closing-night slot. The festival's centerpiece gala premieres include Keith Gordon's The Singing Detective, Peter Rosen's Khachaturian and Peter Webber's Girl With a Pearl Earring. A special screening of The Human Stain honoring Anthony Hopkins will be held Oct. 21. "Since the Hollywood Film Festival's inception, we have tried to have a mixture of films that are from Hollywood as well as from around the world, and that is reflected in our lineup," said Carlos de Abreu, the festival's founder and executive director. "Our mandate is to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and independent and emerging filmmakers." Details: www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com.

Deauville sets sked of U.S. indies

PARIS -- The 29th Deauville Festival of American Cinema on Wednesday unveiled its selection of independent U.S. movies in competition, plus a diverse lineup of premieres, tributes and, for the first time, a section dedicated to documentary films. Deauville favorites the Polish brothers are back in competition with Paramount Classics' Northfork, directed by Michael Polish and starring brother Mark Polish, James Woods and Nick Nolte in the story of a small town about to be inundated by the construction of a dam. Also in competition is director Greg Marcks' 11:14, the festival's only world premiere. The story of apparently unconnected incidents that converge one evening stars Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook and Barbara Hershey and comes from MDP Worldwide.

Firm Films close to deal with Fox

Firm Films close to deal with Fox
Firm Films -- the feature film production division of the Firm -- is close to sealing a two-year, first-look production pact with 20th Century Fox, sources said Thursday. The deal places the Beau Flynn-led production arm at the same studio as the Firm's television production operations, headed by Scott Vila. Details of the pact are being kept under wraps, and it's unclear whether there are any projects that have already been pegged to fall under the deal. A Fox spokesperson declined comment, and execs at the Firm could not be reached for comment. Flynn, who has produced or executive produced such projects as Tigerland, Requiem for a Dream and The Love Letter, merged his production company Bandeira into the Firm fold last fall. Since then, the company completed production on the Hilary Swank-starrer 11:14 for Mark Damon's MDP Worldwide. Firm Films is also producing the romantic comedy Date School, to be directed by Barbershop helmer Tim Story for DreamWorks Pictures.

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