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Cinedigm Takes Jared Moshé's Western 'Dead Man's Burden' for 2013 Release

Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to release "Dead Man's Burden," from director Jared Moshé. The 1870-set Western premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is playing this weekend at the Hamptons Int'l Film Festival. Cinedigm plans a 2013 release with a VOD, digital and DVD roll out to follow.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2012 5:24 PM
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'Two Faces of January,' Hossein Amini's Directorial Debut Kicks Off with Mortensen, Dunst & Isaac

StudioCanal and Working Title announce principal photography has begun on "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, and was adapted by Hossein Amini ("Drive," "Snow White and the Huntsman"), who will also be making his directorial debut...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2012 4:09 PM
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'The Hobbit' US Premiere to Benefit AFI with Gala Event

The US premiere of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the forthcoming trilogy, will benefit the American Film Institute with a gala event on December 6 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Benefit tickets and packages are available here (beware, they start at $500 per person). On December 14 the rest of the country can enjoy the film in theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2012 3:23 PM
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'60 Minutes' to Profile 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez on October 7

CBS's "60 Minutes" will spotlight artist and musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul’s acclaimed documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man," this Sunday, October 7.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:51 PM
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And the Award for Best 'Words with Friends' Celebrity Player Goes to Edward Norton

Edward Norton has nabbed the title as winner of the first-ever "Words with Friends" Celebrity Challenge, defeating Kristen Bell and Sophia Bush on his way to word domination and winning more than $132K for his charity, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. "Anyone who knows me know I love words," Norton quipped. That's probably a good thing, given all the secret-service mumbo jumbo he needed to spew in the last "Bourne" movie.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2012 1:41 PM
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Facebook Passes One Billion Users [ZUCKERBERG VIDEO]

In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show, Facebook's 28-year-old CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that over a billion people are now using Facebook: "It's just this amazing honor. To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about .... just unbelievable."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:54 PM
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Academy Announces The 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Finalists

The Academy announces ten finalists for the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The next step is having their scripts read and judged by the fellowship committee, which can choose to award up to five $35,00 fellowships. This year's finalists were chosen from 7,197 scripts,..
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2012 3:35 PM
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Sundance Institute Chooses Six Projects for 2nd Edition of New Frontier Story Lab

Six projects have been chosen for Sundance's New Frontier Story Lab, taking place at the Sundance Resort October 21-26. The lab, inspired by the Sundance Film Festival and structured after the Institutute's Lab model, aims to support "projects that use technology to deepen story and engage audiences."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2012 3:14 PM
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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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