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Amazon and IMDb Launch X-Ray for TV Feature for Kindle Fire Users

Amazon and IMDb are launching a new TV iteration of "X-Ray for Movies." The original feature was released six months ago, and allows users to access corresponding IMDb info with one tap while watching films on their Kindle Fires. The new feature does the same thing, but for television series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 2:24 PM
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Participant Media Launches New Cable Network, 'Pivot,' with a Social Conscience and HitRECord Joe

Everybody loves cable these days. Wednesday at an Upfront presentation at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, Jeff Skoll's Participant Media, which backs entertainment that accelerates social change (“Lincoln,” “The Help,” “An Inconvenient Truth”) announced the August 1 launch of its new cable network, pivot. Participant is targeting Millennials ages 18-34 with its “TV That Matters For The New Greatest Generation” programming slate, full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2013 1:23 PM
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First-Time Feature Screenwriter Stephen Fingleton's Dystopian Drama 'The Survivalist' Tops UK's 2013 Brit List

The 2013 Brit List, the Black List of the UK, has sent out its annual round-up of the 15 best unproduced screenplays in Britain. Stephen Fingleton's "The Survivalist," a dystopian drama set in a bleak future where an isolated farmer teams with a woman and her 17-year-old daughter, has made the top of the pile, based on nominations from producers, agents and distributors.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 3:42 PM
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Following Ratings Hits 'The Bible' and 'Killing Lincoln', Nat Geo Scoops Up Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus'

The New Testament is trending. Following on the heels of the History Channel's mighty ratings hit "The Bible," which attracted 12 million viewers over its first two Sunday airings, the National Geographic Channel is again partnering with Ridley Scott and Bill O'Reilly for the TV personality-author's recently announced book "Killing Jesus: A History," which he co-wrote with Martin Dugard. The Tom Hanks-narrated Nat Geo adaptation of O'Reilly's bestseller "Killing Lincoln" broke the network's records, drawing 3.4 million viewers in February.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 3:10 PM
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'Ender's Game' Teaser Poster Strikes Wrong Note

I've been excited about new sci-fi epic "Ender's Game" (November 1) not because I'm a fan of the original Nebula and Hugo-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, but because Roberto Orci, who wrote the two recent "Star Trek" movies with partner Alex Kurtzman, is producing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2013 3:06 PM
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Damian Lewis on 'Homeland' Season 3: "I Think Brody and Carrie Are Over"

"Homeland" star Damian Lewis, unlike many of the show's fans, isn't holding out much hope for a reunion between Brody and Claire Danes' Carrie in the series' third season, which premieres September 29 on Showtime. He told Digital Spy that he thinks the onetime romance is "over." Watch the video of his interview quotes below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 1:29 PM
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Sony Chairman Amy Pascal Addresses Hollywood's Depiction of Gay Characters: "We Can Do Better. We Have To."

As the Supreme Court hears merits and demerits today of the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban, a full transcript of Sony chairman Amy Pascal's remarks at the March 21 fundraiser gala for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center has been released to the Huffington Post. In her speech, Pascal specifically addresses Hollywood's depiction of gay characters, and the progress that still needs to be made: "I'm talking about kids who are gay and I'm talking about kids who aren't gay. One group needs affirmation and the other group needs education. And, if I'm being honest, neither of those issues are high on any movie studio or TV network's agenda."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 1:24 PM
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Oscilloscope Nabs SXSW Documentary '12 O'Clock Boys' -- 'The Wire' Meets Cirque du Soleil

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to Lofty Nathan's documentary "12 O'Clock Boys," which recently had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The Boys of the title are an infamous dirt bike gang in Baltimore who take over major city streets with flashy stunts at high speeds, alluding the cops' "no chase" rule due to public safety measures. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 12:24 PM
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LACMA Kubrick Sidebar Goes 'Beyond the Infinite' with Director's Cut of Mike Hodges' 'The Terminal Man'

As a footnote to its ongoing Stanley Kubrick exhibit, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently hosting a series entitled "Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Stanley Kubrick." The program gathers ten films that followed the seminal work of the genre, Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968).
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2013 7:02 AM
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Tugg Partners with Codeblack Films For Special Screenings of Shola Lynch's 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners'

Tugg, a web platform that allows moviegoers to vote on what appears at their local cineplexes, is partnering with Lionsgate's Codeblack Films on making Shola Lynch's TIFF documentary "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" available to screen nationwide. The film opens in select cities on April 5, and is available through Tugg for special theatrical screenings outside of the planned distribution locales.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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