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Amazon Studios Adds TV Series to Development Slate for Instant Video Release

Phase Two of Amazon Studios' radical move to reinvent entertainment industry production models--turning to movie fans for direction and feedback on the process--is television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:59 AM
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Orci & Kurtzman Pact with Universal as DreamWorks Scales Back; Will Snider Go to Disney?

Screenwriter-producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (K/O Paper Products) couldn't be much hotter ("Transformers," "Star Trek," "Spider-Man" sequel, "Ender's Game") and they've just signed a two-year first-look production deal at Universal Pictures to revitalize their horror film library.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 7:34 AM
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Mandate Partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane Launch Good Universe Before Cannes

It's classic that just as an executive can claim a huge hit, he's out at the studio. Joe Drake's stewardship at the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group is a thing of the past, but he does have bragging rights to "The Hunger Games." Now he and longtime Mandate partner Nathan Kahane ("Juno") are launching new shingle Good Universe just in time for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 6:04 PM
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Fandango and Telemundo to Target Hispanic Audience with Fandango Cine

Paying heed to the country's fast-growing demo and most frequent moviegoing population, Fandango is partnering with Telemundo Media to form Fandango Cine. Launch of the Spanish-language site is planned for fourth quarter 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 3:05 PM
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Tribeca Takes So Yong Kim's 'For Ellen,' with Paul Dano, Jon Heder & Jena Malone

Writer-director So Yong Kim’s "For Ellen," which premiered at Sundance, goes to Tribeca Film for North American distribution. The film opens September 5 at NYC's Film Forum, followed by a limited theatrical and VOD release. Paul Dano plays a rock star who unknowingly gives away custody of his six-year-old daughter when he signs divorce papers from his estranged wife. Jon Heder and Jena Malone co-star. 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 1:02 PM
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Indiewire Wins Webby for Film and Movie Site

The Webby Awards are massive (10,000 entries from the U.S. and over 60 countries worldwide) and cover a lot of ground. But it's very cool that Indiewire is the 16th Annual Webby Award Winner in the Movie and Film category.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 1:00 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Endgame and FilmDistrict To Partner on Pastor Brothers Sci-Fi Thriller 'Selfless'

Producer/financeer Endgame Entertainment and indie distributor FilmDistrict have acquired the rights to “Selfless,” a sci-fi script by Spanish writer-directors Álex and David Pastor (“Carriers”). Endgame Entertainment's James D. Stern and FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel will produce with Ram Bergman, who produced Rian Johnson’s “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom" (Summit), both backed by Endgame ("An Education," "Every Little Step"), which will co-finance with the film's stateside distributor FilmDistrict.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2012 5:14 PM
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Warner Bros. Launches Digital Imprint 'Inside the Script': Read 'Casablanca' and 'North by Northwest'

Film buffs rejoice. As the publishing industry copes with its transition to a digital Ebook universe, one of Hollywood's major movie studios is getting into digital publishing. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) is launching “Inside the Script,” offering movie fans the chance to own enhanced copies of classic film scripts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2012 1:44 PM
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Cannes 65: Seven New Titles Added to Lineup; Master Classes to include Kaufman, Desplat, Lloyd

Cannes has added seven titles to its 2012 selection, including Adam Leon's SXSW winner "Gimme the Loot," "Djeca" and "Renoir" (each in Un Certain Regard), two Midnight screenings, a special screening and Cannes Classics selection closer, Hungary's "Final Cut - Hölgyeim És Uraim"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 30, 2012 12:03 PM
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First Look: Fox Searchlight Unveils 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Poster

You'll be hearing a lot about this Sundance jury-prize-winner film as the year progresses, as it winds its way through Cannes and other festivals, into release and Oscar contention. Here's the new poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2012 8:10 PM
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