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Comedy Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone Launch Important Studios

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have launched a production company, Important Studios. The company's value is estimated at $300 million, thanks to boffo revenue coming in from "The Book of Mormon" and "South Park," now in its 16th season.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2013 1:45 PM
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Weekend Recap: New Film Art, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Here's our weekend recap. Two new pieces of film art were revealed this weekend. Just when you thought it was winding down, the "Zero Dark Thirty" controversy continues. Before she became a Golden Globe winner, "Girls" creator/star Lena Dunham sat down for a probing interview by Charlie Rose. Comedian Louis C.K. might join David O Russell's untitled Abscam film. The Gurus o' Gold have posted their post-nominations Academy Awards Prediction chart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2013 1:15 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Nominations, Guild Nods, Interviews, Reviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 11, 2013 3:18 PM
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The Curious Case of Brad Pitt's China Tweet

The Daily Beast reports that Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter (which is blocked there) with upwards of 400 million users, was sent spinning last week when Brad Pitt started an account, inaugurating it with this message: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming..." The Weibo message generated tens of thousands of responses, primarily positive, with more than 160K new followers added to the account. Then, on December 8, Pitt's message disappeared. What happened?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 11, 2013 12:35 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Catching Fire,' Her Career and Hollywood Bullshit with EW

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands January 18), the mag travels to Waikiki, Hawaii, to chat with the cast and crew of "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2013 1:04 PM
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San Francisco Film Society Announces Significant Funding Increase to Extend Filmmaker360 Programs

The San Francisco Film Society has announced a significant increase in funding to its Filmmaker360 programs, thanks to the society's collaborative relationship with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Filmmaker360 supports narrative feature filmmakers through cash grants, residencies and script workshops...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2013 12:58 PM
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Casting Watch: Robin Williams Hits the 'Boulevard'

Robin Williams is set to star in "Boulevard," directed by Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"). The film centers on Nolan Mack (Williams), a faithful husband in a marriage of convenience who is forced to face his inner secrets when he has a run-in with a younger man (Roberto Aguire).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2013 11:38 AM
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Cinedigm Names Tom Hassell V-P of Theatrical Distribution

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has named veteran Tom Hassell Vice-President of Theatrical Distribution. He'll handle all aspects of theatrical distribution for the indie distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2013 5:15 PM
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David O. Russell on What Bradley Cooper Whispers at the End of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The inaudible whisper has become an indie film convention, most notably seen (and not heard) at the end of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," and most recently in one of the final scenes of David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 2:07 PM
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Louisiana Film Prize Launches 2013 Short Filmmaking Competition, with $50K Grand Prize

The second annual Louisiana Film Prize short filmmaking competition launches today, with $50K to be awarded to the winner. This is one of the largest cash prizes for a short film competition.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 1:19 PM
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