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Film Independent Names McManus and Welsh Co-Presidents to Replace Embattled Academy Chair Dawn Hudson

Film Independent has appointed Sean McManus and Josh Welsh to the newly created positions of co-presidents. McManus, formerly a Senior Director, and Welsh, formerly Director of Artist Development, succeed former exec director Dawn Hudson. Hudson left her post at FIND last June
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:08 PM
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Paramount and Cameron Team with Cirque du Soleil for 'Worlds Away'

Paramount and Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to release the "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away" in 3D. James Cameron exec produced; "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson wrote and directed. Cirque's Jacques Méthé says; “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:00 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' at TNT; AMC Moving Ahead with 'Goodfellas' Prequel Series

Frank Darabont, writer-director of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," as well as AMC's "The Walking Dead" (from which he got fired), is putting together another TV series (and one that will compete with AMC, no less). John Bunton's "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City," is the inspiration for the series, for which he'll write and direct the pilot for TNT. The show will be set in the 1940s and 50s, and will follow the clash between corrupt law enforcement and mobster Mickey Cohen's gang.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 3:30 PM
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Parker Posey Hosting Sundance Awards Ceremony; Jurors Revealed

The Sundance Institute reveals the jury members of the six juries that will be granting prizes at the 2012 festival. The awards ceremony January 28 will be hosted by Parker Posey and live streamed here. Short film awards will be announced January 24 at a separate ceremony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 2:01 PM
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Prescreen Streams Indie Films, Sundance Trailers

As Sundance approaches, the films that don’t score breakout status may not have to fade into obscurity. After attending Sundance 2010, former Groupon executive Shawn Bercuson realized that most of the films would never be seen again. He launched Prescreen.com, a movie marketing and distribution platform, in late 2011. Prescreen is a streaming service dedicated to indie films, aiming to help audiences “discover one new movie each day.”
  • By Maggie Lange and Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 1:18 PM
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Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets Hedlund; Watch Him Sing

Garrett Hedlund ("TRON: Legacy") has joined the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," adding to an already stellar cast of Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. Like Mulligan and Timberlake, Hedlund can sing (he was probably the best part of "Country Strong" - see below). "Inside Llewyn Davis" is about the 1960s Greenwich village folk music scene. Isaac played Mulligan's husband in this year's "Drive," and now plays real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk. Shooting is set to kick off this February in New York City.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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Studio Ghibli Retrospective to Play in L.A., from 'My Neighbor Totoro' to 'Spirited Away'

Starting on January 26, LA's Egyptian and Aero Theatres will present a 20-year retro of films by Japan's Studio Ghibli, building on the success of a previous festival that played in New York in late 2011. 14 Ghibli films will screen, among them Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 10, 2012 12:55 PM
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Universal Digs Into Archives to Celebrate 100 Years of Movie History Throughout 2012

Universal Pictures is planning a yearlong centennial celebration to celebrate 100 years of the studio's history and legacy. The celebration aims to engage with a wide range of audiences, and it will include the restoration of thirteen titles, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Jaws"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:28 PM
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GoDigital Buys Might Entertainment; Expanded Digital and VOD Distributor To Seek Product at Sundance

Three-year-old digital distributor GoDigital has recapitalized and acquired video-on-demand rival Might Entertainment and its library, for a combined catalogue of over 1000 titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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2011 Attendance Up at Indie Alamo and Landmark Chains; Top Ten Performers

While the studios still chase after the increasingly fickle youth audience, indie theater chains successfully pulled filmgoers in 2011--without relying on 3-D premium ticket pricing. In fact, both the Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark indie chains announce that their national box office was up in 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 8:50 PM
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