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Indie Spirit Awards Pick 2013 Date

Film Independent announces the dates for its 28th annual Indie Spirit Awards: February 23, 2013. The show will air on IFC.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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'Avatar' Released on Blu-ray 3-D: Cameron Says '3-D Television is the Future'

"Avatar" is being released in Blu-ray 3D, and the film's 33 million Facebook fans were the first to know. The 2-disc collector's edition of the James Cameron's behemoth will be available October 16 and will offer "a home entertainment experience like no other"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:14 PM
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TIFF Adds Gala, Special Screenings, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths; 'A Song for Marion' Will Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added more than 75 new titles to its expansive 2012 smorgasbord. The festival (September 6-16) will close with a Gala presentation of Andrew Williams' "A Song For Marion," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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Nominees for World Soundtrack Academy's 2012 Awards: Best Composer, Score, Song

The World Soundtrack Academy nominees for 2012 Awards for Best Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film are listed below. Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 5:09 PM
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More: Awards, News

Avenue Capital Hedge Fund To Announce Variety Buy This Week

The frontrunner to buy 107-year-old entertainment industry trade Variety is New York billionaire Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital hedge fund, according to The New York Post. A source reports that Variety parent company Reed Business Information has accepted a bid between $30 million and $40 million. An official deal announcement is expected this week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 5:06 PM
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" (November 21) will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) The NYFF has already announced its closing night film, Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, another mainstream booking for the high-minded Fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 4:22 PM
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Erik Van Looy's Men Behaving Badly Pic 'Loft' Goes to Dark Castle Entertainment

Erik Van Looy's English-language remake of his own 2008 Belgian infidelity thriller, "Loft," has been acquired by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment. According to Vlaamse Film's Facebook announcement, distribution will go through Dark Horse's WB output deal, even though Silver has moved on to Universal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 13, 2012 12:31 PM
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Lars Von Trier Invites You to Interpret Six Artworks for 'Gesamt' Film Project

As part of the Copenhagen Art Festival, Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier is challenging people, as usual, with "Gesamt," an open invitation to folks around the globe to reinterpret six great works of art through a lens or recording sound. Trier sets the rules for the film project (see trailer below) and invites us all to create the content. Director Jenle Hallund will put everything together at the end.
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  • August 13, 2012 12:12 PM
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Universal Picks 2013 Release Dates for Howard Racing Pic 'Rush,' Sci-Fi Epic 'Oblivion,' Del Toro's 'Mama'

Universal Pictures has solidified release dates on several 2013 openings including Ron Howard's latest, "Rush" (September 20), Guillermo del Toro thriller presentation "Mama" (January 18) and Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," which will move up from April 26 to April 19, 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2012 6:41 PM
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New Images from 'The Master'

Joaquin Phoenix has posted nine new photos from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" on Facebook. Phoenix plays a struggling alcoholic who falls under the sway of a spiritual Svengali (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Here's TOH's review of the film, which played in Santa Monica last weekend in advance of its debut in Venice. Take a gander.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2012 1:54 PM
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