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Distribution Maestro Jeff Blake Exits Sony After 22 Years: Dynamo and Class Act

The news that Jeff Blake is departing his position as Chairman of Sony Pictures and Vice-Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the company leaves the industry, at least until his future plans as announced, without one its most revered and honorable executives.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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'Maleficent' Crosses $700 Million Worldwide, Shining Jewel in Lackluster Summer

Disney's "Maleficent," which opened May 30, has topped $700 million worldwide, marking Jolie’s highest-grossing live action film of all time domestically, internationally and globally, as well as the highest grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. "Maleficent" is a shining jewel in a dull summer box office that has dipped 20 % so far. The year to date is down 6 %.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 2:49 PM
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Emerging Producers Take Note: the San Francisco Film Society Wants to Help You

The San Francisco Film Society is launching a new suite of filmmaker support services designed to support and assist talented emerging producers. The SFFS Producers Initiative will assist indie producers currently working on narrative feature projects via financial support, programs, mentorship, industry connections and access to a growing network of fellow filmmakers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 7:19 PM
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Cameron Crowe's Next Slated Not for Fall, but Summer 2015

Now that Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have screened writer-director Cameron Crowe's still-untitled return to original filmmaking, they're scheduling it for May 29, 2015. That suggests that they did not consider the comedy --which stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who reconnects with former love Rachel McAdams when he returns to the US Space program in Hawaii-- to be fall awards material.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 5:28 PM
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Remembering James Garner, A Maverick On and Off Screen

It is my custom to celebrate lives, not mourn deaths. On the occasion of James Garner’s passing at age 86, I would like to recall the man and his work by sharing this interview.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • July 20, 2014 1:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Peter Biskind's New Hollywood, The Beatles, Marquez & Kurosawa & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 19, 2014 2:44 PM
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‘Project Greenlight’ Returns, and They Want Your Work

Some nine years after going off the air, HBO, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon have revived “Project Greenlight" in a new day and age for discovery. As introduced in a very quick video, the project, in Damon’s words, remains an exercise in “documenting what’s actually happening when people try to make a movie together.”
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:41 PM
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Will Mark Romanek Follow Kubrick Into the 'Overlook Hotel'? Plus, Read Stephen King's Prequel to 'The Shining'

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has tapped Mark Romanek to helm their prequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," entitled “Overlook Hotel.” Given the namesake, that's quite a leap of faith.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio and Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 2:26 PM
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Could a Twitter Hashtag Campaign to Cast Ruffalo as Columbo Yield Results?

Early casting rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. When they’re coming directly from Twitter? Buy yourself a mine. It's just possible, this time, that speculation that Mark Ruffalo was perfect casting for a revival of one of classic TV’s greatest characters on the big screen could yield results.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 17, 2014 4:50 PM
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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: New York Times Op-Docs Set to Host First Live Pitch Competition (EXCLUSIVE)

The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters. Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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