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Spirit Awards Pitch a Tent in Santa Monica for 28th Awards Show February 23

It's back to the white tent on the Santa Monica beach the day before the Oscars, February 23, for the indie alternative awards show--a favorite for many each year--Film Independent's Spirit Awards. The 28th Indie Spirits will be exclusively broadcast the same night on IFC after its live taping. The nominees will be announced November 27; and Film Independent members are eligible to vote.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 12:42 PM
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Channing Tatum is People's Sexiest Man Alive; What's Up Next

Channing Tatum's whirlwind, breakout year has now been capped with an honor shared by the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt -- People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 14, 2012 12:22 PM
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Relativity Media Options Junger's Vanity Fair Article 'Blood Oil'

Relativity Media has optioned the rights to Sebastian Junger's 2007 Vanity Fair article "Blood Oil," an account of the Niger Delta oil saboteurs and how the militants may have sparked a U.S. recession by playing havoc on world oil prices.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2012 5:37 PM
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Oscilloscope is 'Dying To Do Letterman' for North American Audiences

Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Joke Fincioen’s and Biagio Messina’s "Dying to do Letterman." The documentary follows comedian Steve Mazan who was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer and decided to dedicate his life to fulfilling his dream of performing standup on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 5:31 PM
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In the Works: Tucker for 'Intouchables,' Hathaway Confirms 'Robopocalypse,' 'Anchorman 2' Musical & Penn's Action Vehicle

A round-up of casting and development news, from Sean Penn's potential action franchise and Anne Hathaway's role in "Robopocalypse" to "Anchorman 2"'s musical numbers...
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 3:30 PM
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MoMA To Screen Gotham Awards' 5 Nominees for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

MoMA's Department of Film, in collaboration with Independent Film Project and Filmmaker Magazine, will screen the five nominees competing for the Gotham Awards' Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You title. This year's screenings, running November 16-19, include...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2012 2:14 PM
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Universal Pictures Pacts with Michael Eisner's Tornante Company

Old chums Ron Meyer and Michael Eisner have forged a longterm deal between Universal Pictures and The Tornante Company. The studio will distribute Tornante's fully financed feature films worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2012 1:24 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two' Premiere: Lionsgate, Cast & Crew Face New Dawn

"What are you doing here?" demanded Bill Condon, who is about to be set free from "Twilight" jail, having directed the last two in the series of five that has generated $2.5 billion worldwide so far. "This isn't an Oscar movie!" "I always go to 'Twilight' premieres," I told him. "It's a ritual."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2012 12:57 PM
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Geoffrey Fletcher's Directorial Debut 'Violet & Daisy' Lands at Cinedigm

Cinedigm Entertainment has acquired Geoffrey Fletcher's directorial debut, "Violet & Daisy," for distribution in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2012 5:41 PM
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YouTube's Choice: Funding 30-40% of Original Channels for Second Round

After YouTube socked nearly $100 million into original content channels last year, the company now has to choose which of its most successful partners will receive further investment. Reportedly only 30-40% of the original recipients will see an additional round of funding, but this time YouTube partners could glean a total of some $200 million.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:13 PM
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