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CBS Films Names Co-Presidents Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press

Since its inception, CBS chief Les Moonves' experiment in film production and distribution, CBS Films, has been a label in search of an identity. Ex-Sony production exec Amy Baer gave it a go. Now respected marketing vet and CBS consultant Terry Press is teaming with business exec and CBS chief operating office Wolfgang Hammer as co-presidents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2012 4:16 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence May Add Lionsgate's Adaptation of 'Glass Castle' Memoir to her Impressive Resume

Jennifer Lawrence's enviable career -- which includes the upcoming "The House at The End of the Street," "The Silver Linings Playbook," "Serena" and sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class" -- may get even better.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel.
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  • April 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Cannes Critics' Week Celebrates First-Timers, Shuts Out Americans and Women from Competition

The Cannes Critics' Week will be packed will first-time filmmakers, save one...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:36 PM
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Tribeca Institute Announces Latin America Media Arts Fund Winners

The Tribeca Film Institute announces the winners of its Latin America Media Arts and its first-ever Heineken VOCES grant. Sixty-thousand dollars is awarded to Latin American film and video artists, in $10,000 allotments...
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  • April 23, 2012 2:00 PM
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Robert Redford Presents on the Sundance Channel; Curated Indie Series to Begin with 'The Crucible'

The Sundance Channel will feature a series of indie films curated and introduced by creative director Robert Redford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 11:49 AM
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Roadside Acquires Sci-Fi Thriller 'Branded' for September Release

Forget SKYNET or The Matrix. The real villain in our world is marketing, says Ignition Creative's Jamie Bradshaw, who co-wrote, directed and produced Roadside Attraction's upcoming sci-fi dystopian thriller "Branded" with Alexander Doulerain of Russia's Networks TNT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2012 6:10 AM
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Best of the TOH!: Cannes Line-Up Analysis and Career Watch, Reviews, Box Office, In the Works

This week, we explained why Rich Ross had to leave Disney; we analyzed the line up at Cannes; two Weinstein Aussie auteurs join the competition, and no women. Our weekend preview: a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend.
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  • April 21, 2012 6:19 AM
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Culty John Cusack Romps Through the Getty Villa After Hours

New York Magazine's latest profile by Jada Yuan follows John Cusack through the Getty Villa after hours, where the actor remarks on the emptiness: "We could steal art." Instead he settles for pilfering a bag of chips at the snack stand.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 5:33 PM
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Why Rich Ross Had to Step Down at Disney

It felt wrong back in October 2009 when Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger first announced Rich Ross as his movie studio chief. And it never felt right. In the wake of the biggest write-off in Hollywood history, "John Carter" (March 9), film industry outsider Ross is stepping down, citing a lack of passion for the job:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2012 1:40 PM
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