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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (VIDEO)

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 1:04 PM
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Doc Fixer Monroe Explains Writing 'Summit,' 'Sound City,' 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'

Mark Monroe came to this year's Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit" (new trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 2:05 PM
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Jon Stewart to Bring Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' to TIFF, Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Following a summer-long hiatus from hosting "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart reclaims the anchor's chair Tuesday night just before taking his directorial debut "Rosewater" to TIFF later this week to share footage and pitch foreign buyers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 2:04 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Sony Pictures Classics Rolls Out Oscar Bounty

Sony Pictures Classics is looking forward to a big Oscar night with foreign contenders "Amour" and "No" as well as two leading documentary entries, "Searching for Sugar Man" and "The Gatekeepers." The question is where the specialty box office goes after the awards. "No" and "The Gatekeepers" are both rolling out well in their initial stages, giving hope for success in further markets in upcoming weeks, whatever wins tonight. "Amour" is amassing less than spectacular numbers given its high profile.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 24, 2013 3:47 PM
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Weekend Preview: A Good Time to Skip 'Die Hard,' Decent 'Beautiful Creatures,' Say Yes to 'No' and More

This weekend at the movies things break down clearly: The new "Die Hard" installment and the latest Nicholas Sparks milktoast, "Safe Haven," are generating execrable reviews, while foreign titles "No," Chile's Oscar nominee starring Gael Garcia Bernal, and Abbas Kiarostami's mysterious romance "Like Someone in Love" are both a hit with critics...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 2:08 PM
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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'No,' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Sells the Potent Link Between Pop and Politics

Hotshot ad man René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) pitches three different ads throughout the course of Pablo Larraín’s 1988 Chile-set “No,” and for each he has the same opening line: “What you’re going to see now is in line with the current social context. We believe that the country is prepared for communication of this nature.”
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 6:30 AM
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Sundance Review: Garcia Bernal Mystery Doc 'Who Is Dayani Cristal?'

An unidentified body is found in the Sonoran desert in Pima County, Arizona under the heat of an August sun—the body of a migrant, traveling north along a treacherous and uncertain path to the United States.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 23, 2013 11:26 PM
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Oscar Foreign Language Shortlist Films All Open or Set for Release by Early 2013

Something funny happened on the way to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist. Unusually, all nine contenders announced Friday morning have either already been released in the US or will be during the first quarter of 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 21, 2012 4:27 PM
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Garcia Bernal and Larrain Just Say 'No' EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oscar-shortlisted "No," a hit on the festival circuit, comes from Chilean director Pablo Larraín and Mexican producer-star Gael García Bernal, who collaborated on a novel recreation of the 1988 ousting of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after 15 years of oppression. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North American rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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'Chile, Happiness Is Coming!' - Watch the Trailer for Larrain's Cannes Favorite 'No' with Gael Garcia Bernal

"No" is Pablo Larrain's surprisingly entertaining chronicling of the political campaign that took down Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, focusing on Gael Garcia Bernal's advertising exec who leads the charge in the "No" campaign.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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