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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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First Look at Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin in 'Catching Fire'

This week's Entertainment Weekly cover features Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen and franchise newcomer Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in the first official image for "Catching Fire." This sequel to "The Hunger Games" is out November 22.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 1:03 PM
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Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' Releases in IMAX for First Time Ever on April 5

Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" sees its rerelease on April 15, and to coincide with its return to the big screen, the dinosaur flick will have a one-week, worldwide IMAX 3-D run. T-Rex will tower higher than ever before.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Will Be NC-17, Says Writer

It's not shocking news exactly, but in case any of you were wondering, as far as screenwriter Kelly Marcel is concerned, yes, Universal/Focus Features' movie version of the erotic global bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be rated NC-17. Given that the film's sexy S & M content has fueled sales of the original book (to the tune of more than 65 million copies) and its two sequels all over the world, it would make sense for the studio version to hew close to the source material.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2013 4:14 PM
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