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Amazon Studios Options First Novel, Self-Published Southern Gothic 'SEED'

Amazon's original content branch Amazon Studios has optioned the rights for author Ania Ahlborn's "SEED," a self-published Southern Gothic horror novel centering on a man whose malignant supernatural past catches up with him following a car accident. This is the first novel option for the studio, which has heretofore optioned only movie scripts and episodic series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:26 PM
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MPAA Head Chris Dodd's Anti-Piracy Plea: Hollywood and Online Tech "not adversaries, we're partners"

CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:25 PM
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Focus Features' 5th Annual Africa First Winners

Five filmmakers have been selected for Focus Features' fifth annual Africa First Program, an initiative developed exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10K for their prospective short film projects. Full list of award recipients and films below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:23 PM
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In the Works: Lynne Ramsay Nabs Backing for Her Take on 'Moby Dick,' Sci-Fi Thriller 'Mobius'

Scott Pictures will be producing Lynne Ramsay's excitingly ambitious project "Mobius," a sci-fi psychological thriller based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The whale of a tale will be set in deep space, where a crew is lead into ever deeper peril by an unhinged captain on a death mission, obsessed with revenge on an elusive alien entity.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 12:49 PM
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British Film Institute Unveils New Five-Year Plan

The British Film Institute has unveiled its much-anticipated five-year Future Plan, which they’ve dubbed Film Forever and which spells out a comprehensive blueprint for public film policy in the UK over the next five years. With a substantial chunk of change to invest--roughly £50 million a year--the primary targets are developing creative talent and audiences outside of London, more investment in film production and development and the continuing heritage conversion of worthy British films into digital format.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 3, 2012 11:41 AM
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Rome Film Festival to Give 'Rise of the Guardians' Vanity Fair Award

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will award the "Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence" to Dreamworks' animated 3-D holiday-character adventure "Rise of the Guardians" (opening November 21) for the film's "innovative, artistic and strategic contribution" to contemporary cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 7:51 PM
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Watch: 'Indiana Jones' Inch by Inch, 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Parodies, Drinking 'Mad Men' [Video]

Much to our delight, someone managed to make a rudimentary one-inch by one-inch breakdown of “Indiana Jones.” Link below, plus a video of every onscreen drink in "Mad Men"!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 7:48 PM
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LACMA's Art + Film Gala Celebrates Kubrick and Artist Ed Ruscha, with Spielberg Tribute

LACMA will host the 2012 Art + Film Gala honoring artist Ed Ruscha and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, with longtime friend and "A.I." inheritor Steven Spielberg tributing the late director, on October 27. The gala coincides with the museum's current "Ed Rucha: Standard" exhibition (running through January 21), and the upcoming, much-anticipated "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition, running November 1 - June 30.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 4:20 PM
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Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh Takes Legal Action Against 'New Yorker' Burkle Profile, UPDATE

Following journalist Connie Bruck's Ron Burkle profile published Monday in The New Yorker entitled "Cashier du Cinema," which depicts Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as an incompetent businessman (which Hollywood insiders have long suspected) who has lost control of his company to Burkle, Kavanaugh and his lawyer are protesting, calling the piece "false and malicious."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 2:40 PM
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In the Works: On-Location Principal Shooting for John McDonagh's 'Calvary' Begins in Ireland

Principal photography has begun on John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 Celtic crime comedy "The Guard," with Brendan Gleeson again starring, but swapping his Irish bad lieutenant Gerry Boyle for a good-hearted priest up against a hostile congregation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 1:39 PM
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