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Daniel Battsek Lands at Cohen Media Group

Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen on the acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well the Cohen Film Collection, which includes The Rohauer Library.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2012 1:43 PM
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Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for the quieter moments.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 14, 2012 12:49 PM
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces $220K in Grants to Women Documentary Filmmakers

Non-profit Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women doc filmmakers, announces $220,000 in grants going to 25 filmmakers, both emerging and established. To date, Chicken & Egg has given over $2.7 million to women filmmakers since its inception in 2005.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2012 4:18 PM
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Ralph Fiennes' Slate Includes Russia Cinema Fund-Backed 'Two Women,' 'Budapest' & Dickens

The Russian Cinema Fund is co-producing several titles with monies totalling $6.5 million, among them Ralph Fiennes' "The Two Women." The film is an adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy play "A Month in the Country," about a woman and her-step daughter, both of whom are in love with the same man. Russia's Horosho Productions, Germany's Film Base and France's Fluid are producing. The film will shoot in Smolensk with director Vera Glagoleva at the helm, and is slated for 2014 release.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2012 3:00 PM
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Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine "Gekkan Model Graphics."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 2:55 PM
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Saul Bass' Original Sketches for 'The Shining' Poster, with Kubrick's Handwritten Notes

Check out these haunting, fine-point Saul Bass sketches for Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Reportedly Bass showed Kubrick 300 different versions before the director settled on the original poster design...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 1:38 PM
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Sony Chief Pascal Is Gung Ho on Strong Women, from Salander to Cleopatra

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal is gung-ho on "Zero Dark Thirty." At the film's Hollywood premiere Monday night, the studio chief, who acquired the film from financeer-producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, was proud of the film's tough CIA agent heroine, played by SAG nominee Jessica Chastain, who could score big during awards season. The studio is giving the movie a big awards push in advance of its limited holiday and wide January release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:01 PM
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New Mondo 'Lord of the Rings' Posters from Alamo Drafthouse -- 'Fate Has Chosen Him, Evil Will Hunt Him'

Check out the new Mondo posters for Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," designed by artist Olly Moss and featuring a jagged sword looming ominously over Frodo and his companions. Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse's boutique poster shop.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 12:53 PM
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Casting Watch: Glenn Close & Nick Nolte Are 'Always on My Mind'

Glenn Close and Nick Nolte are set to star in "Always on My Mind," which centers on an aging rock star (Nolte) as he succumbs to Alzheimers, with his wife (Close) left to navigate his steady degeneration...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 3:16 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Awards $300,000 in Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grants

Six features in various stages of production have won $300,000 in filmmaking grants from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "The East County," "Fruitvale," "Los Valientes," "Ping Pong Summer," "Short Term 12" and "The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh" each landed funding for the next stage of their production. SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice a year to filmmakers for narrative features that will have serious economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Nearly $2.5 million will be awarded between 2009 and 2013. (See details on the winning projects below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2012 9:09 PM
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