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Band OK Go Challenges Filmmakers to Make a Music Video for New Song 'I'm Not Through'

Band OK Go and company Saatchi and Saatchi are challenging emerging filmmakers to create a music video for "I'm Not Through," a brand-new song from the band's upcoming fourth album. Lead singer Damian Kulash has offered interested filmmakers a bit of inspiration, creating a montage of Instagram photos set to the new song, which can be viewed here.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 3:11 PM
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April Fools! Official 'Pineapple Express 2' Trailer Lands, Dunham Curates Swanberg Filmography for Criterion

Happy April Fools Day from the internet! This year's pranks include the Criterion Collection's announcement of Lena Dunham as the new creative director. Her first move as chief? All of Mumblecore maestro Joe Swanberg's films will be added to the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company's repertoire.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 2:01 PM
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National Magazine Award Finalists Announced, Includes Esquire, Wired, National Geographic and New York

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced today the finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards, with Esquire, Fortune, National Geographic, New York and Wired mags all receiving nominations for "General Excellence" in print. Full list of winners below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 1:51 PM
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Martin Scorsese Returning to 'Gangs of New York' with New TV Series

Martin Scorsese is partnering with Miramax and GK Films to develop his 2002 gritty turn-of-the-century drama "Gangs of New York" into a TV series. The project would follow the same story arc as the film, but also include organized-gang plotlines beyond New York, set in Chicago and elsewhere.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 7:50 PM
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Best of the Week: Malick Goes VOD, Dystopia Rules, Reviews, Interviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 29, 2013 7:32 PM
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Prana Studios Buys Bankrupt 'Life of Pi' VFX House Rhythm & Hues

It's official. A Los Angeles bankruptcy court judge has approved the acquisition of visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues, which did the VFX for Oscar-winning "Life of Pi," by a wholly-owned affiliate of LA-based Prana Studios, Inc. Many VFX houses these days are beleaguered by price-gauging studios and overseas competition as layoffs are rampant and VFX practitioners talk about starting a union.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2013 7:27 PM
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More: VFX, Life of Pi

Fay Kanin, An Appreciation

Fay Kanin died yesterday at the age of 95, and I suspect that her accomplishments have long since faded from the memory of most people. But, beyond her career as a movie and television writer and playwright, she was a remarkable woman – graceful, gracious, and determined that women should steer their own lives.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • March 29, 2013 1:01 PM
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Wes Anderson's Sprawling Period Pic 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Goes to Fox Searchlight (PRADA VIDEO)

Wes Andersdon's eagerly awaited next film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which just wrapped principal photography at Studio Babelsberg in Germany, has been snapped up not by his last distributor, Focus Features, which released "Moonrise Kingdom" to good numbers and a writing Oscar nomination for Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola (who have a perfume commercial making the rounds, see below) but by Fox Searchlight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:13 PM
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SXSW Grand Jury Winner 'Short Term 12' Goes to Cinedigm, Plans Awards Push for Brie Larson

Cinedigm has snapped up all North American and Latin American rights to Destin Daniel Cretton's SXSW Grand Jury and Audience award winner "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larson as a troubled foster care worker. The company is eyeing a late summer release, with an awards push for its star, who gives a "career-defining performance," says Vincent Scordino, VP of Cinedigm theatrical acquisitions. "'Short Term 12' is exactly the kind of film we are looking to champion as we expand our theatrical presence."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2013 1:47 PM
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Deadline Approaches for Film Independent's Fall 2013 Screenwriting Lab

The deadline for Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab is fast approaching. By Monday, April 1st, writers may submit a feature-length narrative screenplay for consideration in this five week program in LA.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 28, 2013 7:15 AM
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