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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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Variety Names Media's Winners & Losers of Election 2012

While President Obama was re-elected on November 6 and Mitt Romney hurriedly composed his concession speech on the fly, a number of other winners and losers emerged from the 2012 election. Memes reigned, with Big Bird and binders full of women taking over the Twittersphere...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:11 PM
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'Just Deux It' with Empire's Best/Worst Movie Taglines

Empire has created a list of 12 movie taglines that are either "brilliant, terrible or brilliantly terrible." For example, for Francophiles who appreciate majorly corny linguistic puns, the tagline for the 2010 John Travolta vehicle "From Paris With Love" defies easy evaluation: "Two Agents. One City. No Merci."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 12:43 PM
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Weinstein Company Picks Up Bong Joon-Ho's Futuristic Ice Age Thriller 'Snowpiercer'

Ten minutes of AFM footage was enough for the Weinstein Company to scoop up English-speaking rights (including U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) to South Korean Bong Joon-ho's dystopian "Snowpiercer," an action thriller starring Chris Evans.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 12:20 PM
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Best of the Week: Election, AFI Fest Interviews and Reviews, Britannia Awards, Casting News & More

This week on TOH!, we kept coverage coming on AFI Fest, jumped into awards season with Best Actress speculations and the Britannias, look at this weekend's large and small cinematic offerings, and much more!
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  • November 9, 2012 8:36 PM
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You Think You Know Quentin? All Tarantino's Trailers from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'Django Unchained'

Another Weinstein Co. push for "Django Unchained" involves rehashing Tarantino's repertoire (our post about "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" re-released in theaters here).  Fandango has published a "Quentin Tarantino Film Guide" that covers the range of the director's films.  If you want to test your mettle, head here. For a chance to brush up before you take the quiz, we've compiled trailers for all films directed by Tarantino (even the half and quarter-acts, "Four Rooms" and "Grindhouse").  
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 9, 2012 8:34 PM
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RIP Film Critic Elliott Stein

When I worked at my first journalism gig as associate editor at Film Comment Magazine back in the 80s, Elliott Stein was one of my favorite regular contributors. He was erudite about world cinema, an omnivorous global cinephile and historian who knew more about Asian cinema than anyone I knew.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 8:28 PM
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