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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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Academy Narrows Makeup Contenders to Seven

Seven films are competing in the makeup category for three nominations to be announced on January 24. On Saturday, January 21, members of the Academy's Makeup Branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films and pick the final three.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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Golden Globes Presenters include Banderas, Portman, Kidman, McCarthy & More

The Golden Globes is getting a full house of stars for the 69th annual awards show on January 15, hosted by the delightfully insulting Ricky Gervais. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Melissa McCarthy, Freida Pinto and Natalie Portman will each be presenting awards...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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HBO Debuts Gervais & Merchant's 'Life's Too Short'; Warwick Davis Stars as Fictionalized Version of Himself

HBO's "Life's Too Short" will debut 10:30pm, February 19. The faux documentary, from "The Office" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, stars Warwick Davis ("Willow," "Harry Potter") as a fictional version of himself (he helped to create the series): A has-been little person trying to make his way back to the spotlight. He runs a talent agency ("Dwarves for Hire"), serves as vice chairman of a small peoples' society and gets advice from Gervais and Merchant (playing themselves). Stars, from Johnny Depp to Steve Carell, will cameo in each episode.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 3:52 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Joining Academy President Tom Sherak to Announce Oscar Nominees on January 24

Bright and early on January 24, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak will announce the Oscar nominees with Jennifer Lawrence (nominated last year for Best Actress for "Winter's Bone"). The duo will reveal contenders in ten of twenty-four categories from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:47 PM
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NAB Show Focuses on 'The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution' with Marina Gorbis

The theme of the 2012 NAB Show, running April 14-19, is "The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution." It will look at how "new paradigms in consumption are forever changing the way we create, manage, deliver and monetize content," and consequentially causing shifts in industries' expectations and strategies for the future...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Clooney's First Priority is Hitler-Art-Love-Story 'The Monuments Men'

“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film will be based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:40 PM
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