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Golden Globes to Honor Robert De Niro with Cecil B. DeMille Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will award eight-time Golden Globe nominee Robert De Niro (who won for Raging Bull) with their Cecil B. De Mille award for lifetime achievement at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards show on NBC on Sunday, January 16, 2011, which will air live from 5 to 8 PM (PST) and 8-11 (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show is broadcast in 160 countries. De Niro's long-time director Martin Scorsese won the award last year, following other winners Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand. Ricky Gervais returns as host.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 5:59 AM
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Tsui Hark's "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Lands U.S. Distrib

One of the best films I saw in Venice, Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame, finally landed a U.S. release from new distributor Indomina Releasing, which has been on a buying spree lately and coughed up nearly $500,000, reports Film Business Asia, to acquire the rip-roaring action epic, which was a big hit in China (trailer below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 4:35 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Way Back Reveals Tricky Indie Marketplace

Oscar Watch: The Way Back Reveals Tricky Indie Marketplace
Now that I have finally seen Peter Weir's The Way Back, I see why the film has been handled the way it has. It reveals how difficult it is to get a period drama financed and produced today. This labor of love took Exclusive Films (and foreign pre-sales), National Geographic Films and Imagenation Abu Dhabi to get made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2010 11:05 AM
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Vanguard Films Forms Alliance with "Kung Fu Panda"'s Stevenson and Moviemill

John Williams' Vanguard Films has inked an overall producing and directing deal with John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) and formed a financing and distribution alliance with former president of Lakeshore International Peter Rogers' new company Moviemill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2010 9:32 AM
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AFI Fest Q & A: Aaron Sorkin Talks Bad Journalism, The Social Network vs. All The President's Men

AFI Fest Q & A: Aaron Sorkin Talks Bad Journalism, The Social Network vs. All The President's Men
The AFI Fest hosted a tribute evening with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing), who introduced a special presentation of Alan Pakula's 1976 Oscar-winning Nixon-Watergate scandal film All The President's Men, adapted by Sorkin hero William Goldman from the book by Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who were played by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2010 9:29 AM
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American Film Market Guide: Key Players

As dealmakers converge at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, the international independent marketplace is not in great shape. The global film industry is still dealing with recession, drop-offs in DVD sales, rampant film piracy and the implosion of the North American indies. The major studios are better able to weather this turbulence than the indies, which have little margin for error.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 8, 2010 7:29 AM
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AFM Panels: Weinstein Loves iPad, Barber Talks MGM, Deconstructing Global Markets

The American Film Market is under way in Santa Monica. Here are ten things Anthony D'Alessandro learned at AFM panels.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 8, 2010 12:06 AM
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AFM Breaking News: FilmDistrict Acquires "Lockout"

In yet another deal at AFM, FilmDistrict continues its genre buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to sci-fi thriller Lockout, starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Maggie Grace (Taken).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2010 11:21 AM
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AFM Breaking News: Weinstein Co. Nabs Rights to Bekmambetov's Contest Movie "Apollo 18"

Attendance is down at the American Film Market, but there are still buyers and sellers there, among them the Weinstein Co., which is announcing a pre-buy on sci-fi thriller Apollo 18, a moon-travel movie written by Brian Miller, who won a screenwriting contest mounted by producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), who has set Trevor Cawood to direct. Point is, many movies at AFM are wannabe projects that do not yet exist. Having a distributor in place helps to make a movie more bankable.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2010 10:46 AM
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Script Watch: Jessica Alba Disses Writers, Haggis Romantic Ensemble, Nemirovsky's "Suite Francaise"

- Some actors think that a script is irrelevant. According to Elle cover-girl Jessica Alba: “Good actors never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” Which "good actors" could she be referring to? Her co-stars in Fantastic Four? The Killer Inside Me? Paul Walker in Into The Blue? She does offer a hint of self-awareness when she adds: "I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done. I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were.” She co-stars with Ben Stiller in this Christmas' Little Fockers and intends to reinvent herself as the next Lucille Ball. Wonder if she'll just be making it up as she goes along?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2010 7:00 AM
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