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Beatles Documentary 'Good ol' Freda' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has snagged North American distribution rights to Ryan White's "Good ol' Freda," a documentary that tells the unsung story of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' secretary. Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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Is Documentary the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking? AFI Docs Fest and Cinedigm's Docurama Launch, Watch Greenaway's 'Act of God' (VIDEO)

Last week New York Magazine published film critic David Edelstein's assessment of current documentary as the most interesting and dynamic genre of cinema. His piece points to the currently unspooling Tribeca Film Festival, which champions documentaries and selected "Mistaken for Strangers" -- a doc about indie rock band The National -- for its opening night. Meanwhile the American Film Institute announced its Opening Night and Centerpiece films for the upcoming AFI Docs festival (June 19-23 in Silver Springs, MD), and Cinedigm is launching Docurama, a seven-week theatrical film series on April 22 in 15 national markets.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:15 PM
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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:57 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Honors 'Middle of Nowhere' Director Ava DuVernay, Latin American Filmmakers

"Middle of Nowhere" director Ava DuVernay is the well-deserved winnr of Tribeca Film Institute's first Heineken Affinity Award, which gives the African American independent filmmaker $20,000 in cash as well as year-round support from TFI for future projects.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:52 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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Learning to (Re)Love Tom Cruise

"Tom Cruise was really doing it. He was really hanging off the building," writes Taffy Brodesser-Akner in a warm essay for The New York Times about the enduring star, who is now age 50. She's recalling the scene from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" in which Cruise, rather than a stunt double, scaled the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 20, 2013 4:29 PM
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Best of the Week: Cannes Unveils Lineup, CinemaCon, Reviews, Television and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 20, 2013 2:36 PM
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News Corp Media Unit Now Named 21st Century Fox; Movie Studio Sticking to Old Name UPDATE (FANFARE VIDEO)

News Corporation has selected the name 21st Century Fox for its new media and entertainment company, which includes Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and its Hollywood studio. The new company's previous name was Fox Group.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 8:07 PM
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Unveils Timetable for 2014 Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association reveals its timetable for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, scheduled to air on NBC Sunday, January 12, 2014. The telecast will be produced, per usual, by Dick Clark Productions.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 3:44 PM
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