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Deadlines Approaching for 2013 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Deadlines to submit entries to the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition are coming up: the regular deadline is Wednesday, April 10, and the final deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 2:22 PM
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In the Works: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev Teaming for HBO's 'Gorbachev'

Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev will be collaborating on HBO film "Gorbachev," chronicling the last years before the Soviet Union's fall. Hanks and DiCaprio will both be taking on executive producing roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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In the Works: Jason Clarke and Omar Sy Set to Star in 'Syriana' Writer/Director Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 8:48 PM
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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Season Premiere Breaks Online Piracy Records

The third season premiere of HBO's fantasy television series "Game of Thrones," which was just renewed for a fourth season, has broken yet another record after a wildly successful broadcast on the premium network last Sunday, March 31st.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 4:58 PM
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Obit: Roger Ebert was a Superman

Sad news. Roger Ebert has died of complications of cancer. The legendary and indefatigable Pulitzer-prize-winning film critic had announced Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence," per his journal on the Chicago Sun-Times. Since December he had been recovering in a Chicago rehab facility from a hip fracture. It turned out that the cancer he had been fighting since 2002 had returned. He is survived by his loving wife Chaz.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2013 4:01 PM
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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts and Star Wars 1313, Lays Off 150 Employees

After buying Lucasfilm 154 days ago, Disney has closed LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. This is on the heels of cancelling The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network and laying off animators at Lucasfilm. This means we will not be seeing the darker and edgier next-gen shooter game, Star Wars 1313, featuring higher quality performance-captured animation from Lucasfilm Animation and VFX from Industrial Light & Magic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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Holy Scriptures! Make a Short in a Week, Win $1 Million

Brush up your scripture.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 5:32 AM
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Catherine Hardwicke Bids for a Comeback with 'Age of Miracles'

In need of the right opportunity to hit another one out of the park, Hardwicke is set to direct the romantic dystopian thriller, "The Age of Miracles," based on Karen Thompson Walker’s bestselling debut novel. Seth Lochhead ("Hanna") has adapted the screenplay. River Road Entertainment’s founder Bill Pohlad will produce.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2013 4:10 PM
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Remembering Prolific Merchant-Ivory Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927-2013

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the prodigiously gifted novelist and prolific screenwriter, Oscar winner for her adapted screenplays "Room with a View" and "Howard's End," has died in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 85.
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • April 3, 2013 2:12 PM
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Watch 'Upstream Color,' 'Sleepwalk with Me' and More Via Sundance Institute's Digital Debut Platform

The Sundance Institute has announced that 12 independent films will make their digital debuts this spring through a variety of platforms to rent, download or stream, via the Institute's Artist Services Program. Included in the list of titles are Shane Carruth's gorgeous head-scratcher and fest favorite "Upstream Color" (which he is self-releasing to theaters April 5), Mike Birbiglia-starrer "Sleepwalk with Me" (a theatrical hit via IFC) and "Unfinished Spaces," a PBS documentary on the groundbreaking design of the National Arts Schools, which was released as an educational film on DVD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 2:01 PM
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