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Austin Film Festival Announces Conference and Panelist Lineup, Includes Damon Lindelof, Paul Feig, Terry Rossio

The Austin Film Festival, running October 18-25, announces their first round of conference panels and panelists. An interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus"), an incendiary "DC vs. Marvel" panel and a presentation on scene transitions by screenwriter Terry Rossio of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 12:11 PM
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Sumner Redstone Gives $650K to Global Poverty Project

The Global Poverty Project announced today that Viacom and CBS Corporation executive chairman Sumner Redstone's Charitable Foundation has donated $650K to aid its $100 million Global Action campaign.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 4:58 PM
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New Sleepytime Artwork for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance Winner 'Sleepwalk With Me'

Check out the new artwork for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance NEXT winner "Sleepwalk With Me," which translates the comedian's successful 2008 standup routine into a film about a longterm couple who, like a shark, must either keep swimming or die...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 2:56 PM
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Foxx & Tarantino Presenting at BET Awards, Hitting Key Demo for 'Django Unchained'

Not to miss an opportunity to reach one of the key demos for "Django Unchained" (December 25), Harvey Weinstein has booked Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as presenters for the BET Awards...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2012 1:51 PM
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Jennifer Lopez's 'Carmen Sandiego' Gets Writer Darren Lemke for Globe-Hopping Adaptation

The script for Jennifer Lopez's big screen adaptation of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" will be written by Darren Lemke...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2012 1:08 PM
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Writer-Director Nora Ephron Dies at 71 of Leukemia

Hollywood doesn't have enough sophisticated witty writers, much less writer-directors like Nora Ephron. She died after battling leukemia at age 71. Ephron was funny as hell. She was one of the few filmmakers who could craft believable, endearing and funny romantic comedies, a dying art.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2012 9:29 PM
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Will BAFTA's Trim to Two Voting Rounds Oscarize Awards?

BAFTA announced today a major reworking of its 2013 British Academy Awards votings system. The most radical difference is that there will now be two rounds of polling, as opposed to three.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:16 PM
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Casting Watch: Mortensen Offered Dracula; Cast Joins Kutcher for Steve Jobs Biopic; Casting Johanna in 'Catching Fire'

Viggo Mortensen has been offered the role of Dracula in Neil Marshall's ("The Descent") "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," which follows the vampire's famous plague-carrying seabound voyage from Transylvania to England...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:02 PM
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FilmDistrict Brings On Elissa Greer as Senior Vice President of Publicity

FilmDistrict announces that Elissa Greer has joined the distribution company as senior vice president of publicity; she will oversee the studio's domestic theatrical publicity and promotional campaigns.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 12:25 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:59 PM
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