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Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as time goes on. Karpen looks to fill the specialty market void left when Peter Schlessel took over Universal indie label Focus Features with a more genre-focus in mind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:39 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Expand Into LA

Austin, Texas is the happy home of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theater chain, which is reopening their Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, complete with karaoke room in adjacent The Highball, on Saturday, August 16. And finally, ambitious Alamo CEO Tim League's long-planned assault on Los Angeles is also in the works, complete with a quote from Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We're extremely excited to welcome Alamo Drafthouse to Downtown Los Angeles. Their unique brand of innovation and showmanship embodies the best traditions of our city's film industry."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 2:05 PM
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RIP Lauren Bacall, Dead of a Stroke at Age 89 (CLIPS)

"Oh, maybe just whistle," said 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, giving future husband Humphrey Bogart "The Look" in "To Have and Have Not." "You know how to whistle don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." 70 years later, Betty Bacall has died at age 89 in her home, her family has confirmed, of a massive stroke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 8:29 PM
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Why Brad Pitt-Starrer 'Fury' Is Moving from November to October (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer's intense world War II film "Fury," marking "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt's return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty--from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman ("Noah"), Jon Bernthal ("Walking Dead") and Ayer regular Michael Pena ("End of Watch") also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
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RIP Robin Williams, Dead by His Own Hand at 63 (UPDATED)

Robin Williams, age 63, after having checked into a rehab center in June, was found dead by hanging himself Monday, according to police in Marin County, Calif. In a statement his publicist Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been "battling severe depression of late."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 8:38 PM
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Why Noir Czar Eddie Muller Is Fighting the Good Fight for American Cinema

Film Noir Foundation president and founder Eddie Muller is fighting the good fight for film preservation. When he's not overseeing the unmissable Noir City film festival in San Francisco each year, he's chasing down long-lost prints and buried treasures that others can't get their hands on.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 11, 2014 2:02 PM
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Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Discovery and USC Partner to Support Student Filmmaking

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are setting their sights once more on the young and tech savvy. USC's School of Cinematic Arts and New Form Digital -- a studio created from Discovery Communications, Howard and Grazer -- are partnering on a year-long program that will support the distribution of student-made programming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 11, 2014 1:13 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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SCREEN TALK: Soderbergh's 'The Knick,' Why Filmmakers Are Heading for TV, Locarno Film Fest & More

Today on the latest episode of Screen Talk, Indiewire's Eric Kohn and I discuss Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax series "The Knick," what to see and skip this weekend in theaters, the Locarno Film Festival and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2014 11:17 AM
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Fox Pushes Back Spy Thriller 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Starring Colin Firth (TRAILER)

One Comic-Con movie that I actually wanted to see has been pushed back from October 24 to February 2015. It's Matthew Vaughn's spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which to be fair, looks like it might play better in a less competitive time frame.
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • August 7, 2014 12:07 PM
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