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Zooey Deschanel and 'The Single Life'

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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Sundance Watch: HBO Doc Films Buys Me @The Zoo

HBO Documentary Films has bought U.S. broadcast rights to Sundance U.S. Competition documentary "Me @the Zoo. Rookie drectors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch explore the phenomenon of internet celebrity, focusing on Chris Crocker, the infamous vlogger of “Leave Britney Alone” fame. "Me @the Zoo" looks at video sharing and social media storytelling; "Me at the Zoo" (pictured and below) was the first-ever video loaded on YouTube, in 2005.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:34 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Tommy Lee Jones Joins Peter Webber's Post-WW II Thriller 'Emperor' Starring Matthew Fox UPDATED

Tommy Lee Jones joins Peter Webber's currently filming political thriller set in Japan, "Emperor." The post-Word War II historical drama stars "Lost"'s Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, a Japanese expert for General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), who must decide whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal. Meanwhile Fellers searches for his former lover Aya, a one-time Japanese exchange student, in ravaged post-war Japan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:12 PM
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Sycamore Takes US Rights to Schepisi's 'Eye of the Storm' with Rush, Rampling and Davis

Fred Schepisi's Australian "The Eye of The Storm" has been acquired by Sycamore Entertainment for US distribution. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis, the film is based on Patrick White's 1973 Nobel Prize-winning novel, adapted by Judy Morris.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 4:32 PM
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Terry Gilliam Short "The Wholly Family" To Screen Online on January 23

It'd be a mistake for anyone to call one-time Monty Python member Terry Gilliam a conventional filmmaker, but with his new short, "The Wholly Family," the imaginative director is now trying something completely different: an online screening of the film, made possible by sponsor The Guardian.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Cinema Guild Launches SPARK for Docs; Releasing 'Everyday Sushine' and 'Five Elephants'

The Cinema Guild announces the launch of SPARK, its new documentary home video and digital releasing label. SPARK will cover art topics in film, music, photography, painting, literature, architecture, dance, etc. "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "The Woman with the Five Elephants" are SPARK's first titles and will be available February 21. The Guild's Ryan Krivoshey says: “There’s a great demand for docs that tell compelling, inspiring stories about creativity and ingenuity and people who’ve enriched our lives and culture. With SPARK, we’re going to find the best of these films and make them accessible to people wherever they want to watch them – home video, web, mobile, etc.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 3:57 PM
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Millennium Gets 'A Little Bit of Heaven' with Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal; Watch the Trailer

Kate Hudson vehicle "A Little Bit of Heaven" has gone to Millennium Entertainment for North American distribution through "a multitude of platforms" (including VOD April 3, and a theatrical release starting May 4).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 2:57 PM
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Sundance 2012: Meet the Artist Filmmaker Video Interviews

Sundance has put together "Meet the Artist" videos for each filmmaker in the US Doc and US Dramatic competitions. Check out a few below and more here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 2:35 PM
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Will Baz Luhrmann's 3-D 'Great Gatsby' Find New Intimacy in Film?

When we learned that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" was going to be done in 3-D, we weren't happy. Now, with the success of Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo," it seems a 3-D "Great Gatsby" would have indeed been much safer in his hands. The New York Times now has a defense piece up for Luhrmann and the film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 1:14 PM
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BAFTA Nominations Lead by 'The Artist' and 'Tinker Tailor'; 'Drive' Gets Best Film Nod, 'Tree of Life' Shut Out

Ryan Gosling in Drive
The  2012 BAFTA nominations are led by "The Artist" (twelve nominations), "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (eleven), "Hugo" (nine), "My Week With Marilyn" (six), "The Help" and "War Horse" (five each), "Drive," "The Iron Lady," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (four each), "Moneyball," "The Descendants," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and "Senna" (three each) and two nominations each for "Shame," "The Ides of March", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Bridesmaids" and "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 12:23 PM
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