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Funny or Die Launches iTunes Magazine 'The Occasional'

FunnyOrDie, the popular comedy video site, is launching a bi-monthly digital humor magazine, "The Occasional," on iTunes. "The Artist" Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin graces their first cover.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2012 10:52 AM
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Academy Boosts Film Preservation with Film-to-Film Initiative

In a welcome move in response to the takeover of digital technology and the reduced availability of film stock, the Academy is extending the reach of their film preservation efforts. Their $2 million Film-To-Film project will accelerate the work of their Academy Film Archive to both acquire and create new archival film masters and prints from at-risk elements, including films as recent as the 1990s.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 4:55 PM
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'Catfish' Duo Joost & Schulman Tackle 'Monkey Wrench Gang' Adaptation with 'Bona Fide Stupidity'

"The Monkey Wrench Gang," an adaptation of the 1975 Edward Abbey novel, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the pair behind "Catfish," "Paranormal Activity 3" and the upcoming "Paranormal Activity 4"). Edward Pressman will produce with Gary Burden. Pressman says the pair's take on the material will "connect to the humor and cultural zeitgeist of today in the same way Abbey’s book does."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 4:50 PM
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Hollywood Wiretap Merges with Baseline's Studio System

Like most Hollywood professionals, I rely on Hollywood.com's Hollywood Wiretap for weekday links to the latest top news via its website and newsletter updates. Monday, Wiretap's Paris-based editor-in-chief Nancy Tartaglione announced that Wiretap and Baseline database Studio System are merging to form Studio System News.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2012 4:20 PM
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Academy's Outdoor Summer Screenings to Include 'Casablanca,' 'Princess Bride,' 'Goonies' and 'Raising Arizona'

The Academy's summer screening series, "Oscars Outdoors," at the open-air theater of the Academy Hollywood campus, will kick off Friday, June 15, and run through August 18. These Friday night screenings will focus on classic and contemporary adult favorites (including "Casablanca," "North by Northwest" and "Raising Arizona"), while Saturday's will be family-friendly selections (including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Princess Bride" and "The Karate Kid"). On August 17, the screening will be "audience choice," as determined by online voting. Most screenings will also include surprise screenings of animated and live-action short films. The schedule is listed below, along with ticket and venue details.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 3:42 PM
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Awards Watch: Directors Guild Changes Policy on Awards Screeners

In a significant sign of the times, after long insisting that their 14,000 members only view contenders for Directors Guild of America awards on the big screen, the national board of the DGA is now allowing distributors to send award screeners to their membership.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2012 3:00 PM
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Schwarzenegger Will Be Back with Open Road's 'Ten'; David Ayer to Direct

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in "Ten," with directer David Ayer at the helm. Open Road takes US distribution rights to the film, which will be finance by QED International. The action thriller is penned by Skip Woods ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), and follows an elite DEA task force that deals with drug cartels.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 2:16 PM
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TOH Weekly Wrap: Festival Updates, In the Works, Trailer Watch, Weekend Preview, and 'Avengers' Buzz

WEEKEND PREVIEW
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  • May 5, 2012 10:08 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik's Next Projects: HBO Series, Doc, Another 'Bone' Movie with Russell Banks

Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 6:25 PM
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'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Producers Release Swedish 'Wallander' In Theaters

Music Box Films isn't missing a trick. Having been the only distributor sharp enough to acquire the three-part edited-for-movies version of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series, the distributor is now releasing in theaters the first episode of the second season of the original Swedish "Wallander" TV series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
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