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Tribeca Film Picks Up Comedy 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,' with Rotoscoping and Music By Vampire Weekend

Tribeca Film has aquired Bob Byington's SXSW comedy "Somebody Up There Likes Me," starring Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation") and Jess Weixler ("Teeth"), and featuring rotoscoped sequences courtesy of Bob Sabiston ("A Scanner Darkly"). Check out the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2012 1:06 PM
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Michael Moore Finally Makes His Post-Aurora Case

When Michael Moore is uncharacteristically quiet--in the face of the Aurora, Colorado atrocity that plays right into his America-is-violent wheelhouse, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning doc "Bowling for Columbine"--you know he's up to something. So it was just a matter of days before he came up with what he was writing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 1:13 AM
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HBO Gives Middling to Poor Reviews of 'The Newsroom' a Strange Makeover in Print Ad

Misrepresentative review quotes being used for film or TV show ads is nothing new. HBO is the latest to climb on the bandwagon of strategically placed ellipses with its ads for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a show receiving mixed reviews at best.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 4:33 PM
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In the Works: Rob Pearlstein's Bromantic Comedy 'Someone Marry Barry' Begins Production, Damon Wayans Jr. Stars

Rob Pearlstein's guy-buddy comedy "Someone Marry Barry" has begun principal production, with Damon Wayans Jr., Tyler Labine and Lucy Punch heading up the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 2:41 PM
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Obit: Screenwriter Frank Pierson Fought Against the Impoverishment of Film Language

Frank Pierson, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay of “Dog Day Afternoon” in 1975, was nominated for two other Oscars, and then turned himself into an Emmy-winning director, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 87 after a short illness.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • July 23, 2012 7:04 PM
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Peter Rice Continues His Ascension at Fox, Now Chairman of Fox Networks Group

Long known as a favorite of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and rising star at Twentieth Century Fox, Peter Rice was promoted two years ago from running motion picture subsidiary Fox Searchlight to being in charge of entertainment for Fox broadcast network and FX channel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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Director Philip Kaufman Has No Films in National Film Registry: Submit Faves to Film Registration Board by September 15

Believe it or not, you can nominate films to the Film Registration Board for preservation in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry; they actually pay attention. Shockingly, Philip Kaufman is among the filmmakers with no films on the list.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 2:11 PM
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Barry Sonnenfeld's 'Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens' Debuts, Joins Web Series Trend

Yet another filmmaker heads to web series territory. Like Tom Hanks with "Electric City" and Bryan Singer with "H+ The Digital Series," Barry Sonnenfeld introduces his motion comic "Dinosaur Vs. Aliens" on Yahoo! Screen. The first episode (below) launched today. The series is created by Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") and written by comic writer Grant Morrison for digital media production house Liquid Comics.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:41 PM
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The Weinstein Brothers Honored with PGA's Milestone Award

Awards season maestros Bob and Harvey Weinstein are recipients of the Producers Guild of America's 2013 Milestone Award. The brothers will be presented with the award at the 24th annual PGA Awards on January 26, 2013...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:26 PM
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Alex Gibney's Expanding Jigsaw Productions Adds Staff

With new backing from John Schmidt's Content Media, Alex Gibney's expanding New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions has added Stacey Offman as VP of Development & Production and Dave Snyder as VP of Development.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 1:08 PM
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