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Sundance Prize-Winner 'House I Live In' Heads for Cinemas: Jarecki Aims 'to reach as many Americans as I can'

It's taken a while, but filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has finally cobbled together his dream team to release his must-see Sundance Jury-Prize Winning doc "The House I Live In," an incisive and incendiary expose of America's war on drugs and prison system. The movie will hit cinemas on October 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 4:58 PM
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Indie Spirit Awards Pick 2013 Date

Film Independent announces the dates for its 28th annual Indie Spirit Awards: February 23, 2013. The show will air on IFC.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pushing Verisimilitude with 'ParaNorman'

Although Laika's "ParaNorman" (opening Friday) doesn't reach the brilliant heights of "Coraline" (Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick are a pretty unbeatable combination), it achieves something remarkable in its own right: verisimilitude. That's pretty unique for stop-motion, and the Portland, Oregon-based Laika now has something to build on for the future...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 13, 2012 6:33 PM
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Nominees for World Soundtrack Academy's 2012 Awards: Best Composer, Score, Song

The World Soundtrack Academy nominees for 2012 Awards for Best Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film are listed below. Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 5:09 PM
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Why Jimmy Fallon Won't Host Oscars: 'It's Not My Year'

ABC is the reason Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars this year. After all, his late night talk show is on rival network NBC, duking it out with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. And Disney chairman Robert Iger is leading the fundraising camapign for the Academy's new Motion Picture Museum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 2:23 PM
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Why Warners Pushed Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' from Christmas Oscar Bait to 2013 Summer Tentpole UPDATED

Call it the "John Carter Effect." Yet another studio has moved a major title out of the line of fire. Universal pushed back "47 Ronin" and Paramount delayed the summer opening for the latest "G.I. Joe" installment, "Retaliation," because both big-budget tentpoles needed reshoots and more time in the editing room. And Warners has already moved to 2013 super-violent "Gangster Squad," because of an unfortunate scene of a shooting in a movie theater, as well as Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi extravaganza "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock. Both were originally set for the awards-friendly fall season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 2:07 PM
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Will Roadside's Wall Street Drama 'Arbitrage,' Starring Richard Gere, Repeat 'Margin Call' Magic?

When Lionsgate/Roadside scooped up U.S. distribution rights for some $2 million for Nicholas Jarecki's Wall Street drama "Arbitrage" at Sundance last January, they were banking on the film being as much a crowd-pleaser as their last Sundance acquisition, sleeper indie "Margin Call," which scored more than $13 million worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 2:58 PM
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Oscar Watch: Magnolia Juggles Mads Mikkelsen's 'Royal Affair,' 'The Hunt'

It's a Mads Mads Mads world. In May at Cannes, Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for his stunning performance as an ostracized, falsely accused pederast in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," which was swiftly acquired by Magnolia Pictures. That distributor has been specializing in Scandinavian fare of late, turning "Headhunters" into a smarthouse hit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Academy Governors Elect Hawk Koch as New AMPAS President

Good-bye to Tom Sherak, who leaves behind his unpaid job as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as he has served his full nine years as a Governor. And hello to a new AMPAS president as Tuesday night the Board of Governors elected veteran producer Hawk Koch ("Gorky Park," "Source Code") for his first term.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2012 11:44 PM
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The Weinstein Co. Moves 'The Master' Up and 'Killing Them Softly' Back

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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