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Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program Expands with New Non-Profits and Digital Partners

The Sundance Institute's Artist Services program announces it has expanded to include selected films supported by one foundation and five non-profits, all of which will help the program shape itself and the services it provides to filmmakers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 6:00 PM
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Academy Participates at Sundance for First Time Ever, Presents Conversation with Producer Will Packer

As part of the Academy Conversations series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Blackhouse Foundation will present a conversation with producer Will Packer ("Think Like a Man," "Takers") at Sundance on January 19. This marks the first time the Academy has participated in one of the festival's programs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 3:02 PM
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Jason Blum Acquires Duplass Brothers' Found Footage Horror Title 'Peachfuzz'

Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions has nabbed distribution rights to found-footage horror film "Peachfuzz," produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. Blum and his company are the producers of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 2:54 PM
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Lionsgate Brings in John Sacchi to Head Micro-Budget Feature Division; Aims for Genre Projects Under $2.5 Million

Lionsgate is bringing in production executive John Sacchi to head a micro-budget feature film division within the company. The operation will aim for horror and comedy pictures under $2.5 million, and is inspired by the successful Paramount Insurge, which was created in the wake of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and last year produced "The Devil Inside," a $1 million-budgeted film that made over $100 million worldwide.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 11:39 AM
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A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring,' Sets Release Date for June 2013

A24 has picked up Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," with plans to release the film theatrically in June. "The Bling Ring" stars Emma Watson and newcomers Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julian and Taissa Farmiga (Vera's younger sister) as a group of restless teens who loot the homes of celebrities for kicks.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 11:07 AM
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Pressman To Produce De Palma Biopic Starring Pacino as Paterno

Producer Edward R. Pressman ("Wall Street") has optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller "Paterno" by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Ex-CAA partner-turned-manager Rick Nicita will also produce the biopic to star his client Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. And with Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Carlito’s Way") attached to direct "Happy Valley," the team behind "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface" is together again.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2013 7:43 PM
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Amy Seimetz's 'Sun Don't Shine' Gets Distribution Days Before Sundance Premieres 'Upstream Color'

Amy Seimetz' "Sun Don't Shine," which was named as Indiewire's #1 undistributed film, has finally found distribution with Factory 25. Seimetz, who wrote/directed/produced/edited the film, will also be getting attention for her starring role in Shane Carruth's hotly-anticipated "Upstream Color"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2013 3:44 PM
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Watch All the Short Films Competing for an Oscar in Theaters February 1

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures will release all of the Oscar nominated shorts in over 260 theaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe on February 1. This will be the eighth year the Academy's selection of short films hit theaters.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2013 2:18 PM
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Affleck's 'Argo' is Banned in Iran, Which Has Approved Its Own Film Version of 1979 Hostage Crisis

Iran's Art Bureau has approved the making of a film depicting the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis depicted in Ben Affleck's "Argo." Filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian states: "the movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the US embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the revolution. This movie... can be an appropriate response to distorted movies such as 'Argo.'”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2013 1:14 PM
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Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 1:05 PM
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