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Berlin to Show Leo's 'Plum'

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Aug 15, 2001 | 9:04am EDT

If you want to see a film both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire starred in together four years ago, you’ll have to travel to Berlin to see it.

The actors both appeared in “Don’s Plum” before they became household names in America. Now the film, by first-time director R.D. Robb, will be screened at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 7-18).

But don’t expect to ever see it in the United States. The two stars took the filmmakers to court, saying that they never agreed to appear in the film with the intent of a theatrical release.

Under a settlement, the filmmakers agreed not to sell or release the picture in the United States or Canada. The film is a raw improvisational picture centering on group of 20-somethings hanging out in an L.A. diner.

SLAMDANCE LINEUP ANNOUNCED: Organizers of the seventh annual Slamdance Film Festival, the Jan. 20-27 event that rivals Sundance in Park City, Utah, have announced their lineup for this year. Out of 2,326 submissions, 12 features were selected, four from abroad, as well as 12 shorts. Organizers have also set aside $50,000 for cash awards to winners.

Some of the highlights include “Paul Is Dead” by German filmmaker Hendrik Handloegten. The film centers on a 12-year-old boy who believes that Paul McCartney was murdered in 1966, and searches for his killer. Last year's Grand Jury Prize winner, Frank Novak's "Good House Keeping,'' went on to Cannes and will be distributed by the Shooting Gallery this spring.

AN HONOR FOR CAGE: Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage will be honored next month at the Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival, The Associated Press reports.

The star of the upcoming "Family Man" will receive the Charles A. Crain Desert Palm Award for his work in films. Past recipients include John Travolta, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon and Sophia Loren.

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