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Participant Media and UCLA School of Film & TV Announce Fellowship in Honor of Oscar-Winning Producer Jake Eberts

Participant Media and the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television have announced the formation of a distinguished fellowship in honor of Oscar-winning film producer Jake Eberts (1941-2012). "The Jake Eberts Fellowship for Social Impact Filmmaking" is for the school's graduate students focused on feature film development, social media and digital post-production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 2:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race

You couldn't find three more diverse choices for makeup and hairstyling than in "Hitchcock," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and "Les Misérables." A portrait of Hitch that effectively blends Anthony Hopkins with the Master of Suspense...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 20, 2013 2:06 PM
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'War Witch' Star Rachel Mwanza Granted Visa from Congo to Attend the Oscars

The Oscars often lure folks across the seas from faraway worlds to the red carpet celebration, from Palestinian Emad Burnat ("5 Broken Cameras"), who was detained at LAX on his way to the Academy Award show, to 16-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who gives a beautiful, devastating performance in Oscar-nominated foreign entry "War Witch." She has been granted a visa to travel from the Congo to the US in order to attend both the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 2:03 PM
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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Announces First Round of In-Person Stars: Max von Sydow, Ann Blyth, Eva Marie Saint and More

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival is just over two months away, and is slowly unveiling its usual packed slate of classic stars set to make appearances. Included in this year's in-person lineup are Max von Sydow, Ann Blyth and Eva Marie Saint.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 1:26 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Reteam for Terrio's 'The Ends of the Earth'

Oscar worlds collide as Jennifer Lawrence reteams with "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell for "The Ends of the Earth," a fact-based original penned by Oscar-nominated "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio. It's an American epic--with a "Django"-scale TWC budget-- centering on Ernest Marland, an oil tycoon who loses everything when caught in a scandalous affair (like General Petraeus?). The Weinstein Company has finalized worldwide rights to the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 12:20 PM
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Oscilloscope Partners with Short-Looping Video App Vine: "This will be the future of film distribution"

Oscilloscope Laboratories is taking innovative strides with app content as related to feature films. The company will be partnering with Vine, a recently launched mobile service that lets users create and share short-looping videos.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 12:10 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on Brit Band Musical 'Still Crazy'

Even More Movies You Never Heard Of! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing Brit rock comedy "Still Crazy."
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  • February 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Obit: Author Donald Richie Boosted Japanese Cinema

Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • February 19, 2013 10:07 PM
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ESPN Films Launches 'Nine for IX': Nine Stories from 14 Women Filmmakers on Women in Sports [TRAILER]

This summer, ESPN will host a series of films called "Nine for IX" - nine documentaries about women in sports, all directed by women filmmakers, named for the Title IX amendment. ESPN Films and espnW announced the series at a lunch in New York earlier today. "Nine for IX" will take the format of ESPN's successful "30 for 30" series, in which acclaimed directors took on a passion project with the shared mission to tell a great sports story. All of the "Nine of IX" films are currently in production; ESPN has slated the series to premiere on July 2, 2013 airing over nine consecutive Tuesday evenings.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 19, 2013 7:49 PM
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Transitions in Media World, from Time Warner Mags to a Variety Reboot; Sragow Returns to L.A.

Sad but true. The march of time continues to bring inevitable shifts in the media world. Newsweek has been swallowed by The Daily Beast. And now Time Warner's publishing arm is considering creating a new joint magazine venture with broadcast giant Meredith Corporation focused on women's titles. Meanwhile Jay Penske, CEO of Variety parent Penske Media Corp, is about to reveal his reboot of Variety amid considerable anxiety at the venerable trade.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2013 7:12 PM
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