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Lionsgate, Wrekin Hill to Release "Dark Tide" on VOD Before Theatrical Run

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment are teaming up to try a controversial distribution strategy for Wrekin Hill's upcoming action film "Dark Tide": release it on video before it gets to theaters.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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HBO Debuts Cameron Crowe's Elton John and Leon Russell Doc 'The Union' on February 2

Cameron Crowe's "The Union," which premiered at Tribeca 2011, will have its television debut exclusively on HBO February 2. The film follows the recent musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John. Crowe began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. Their collaboration was prompted when John was listening to Russell's Greatest Hits album while on safari. He was distraught that the musician had fallen into obscurity and made it his mission to collaborate with him. T-Bone Burnett produced the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 4:54 PM
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Tech Watch: Indie On-Demand Movie Site Fandor Adds iPad App

Fandor, the indie on-demand movie site, has launched an iPad application. Fandor, which targets movie fans, is "invaluable in finding great films no matter where you are," Roger Ebert writes.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 19, 2012 4:38 PM
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Casting Watch: Heist Comedy 'Black Marks' Has Russell, Dillon, Baruchel, Stamp & More

Jonathan Sobol's "The Black Marks" has filled out its cast. Joining Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel are Terence Stamp, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kathryn Winnick and Kenneth Welsh. The Toronto-based production, which starts shooting next month, is being produced by Darius Films' Nicholas Tabarrok and Jeff Sackman; Alliance Films' Noah Segal is exec producing. Check out the synopsis and character details below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 2:28 PM
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Thirteen Films Make Online Premieres through Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program

The Sundance Institute is supporting the digital premieres of 13 films through its Artist Services Program, which was started this summer to give Sundance filmmakers and alunnae the opportunity to distribute and market their work.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 3:51 PM
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Occupy Sundance Heads to Park City

Although the protests at Zuccotti Park have subsided since the height of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, it looks like the Occupy movement has a new target: Sundance.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 3:45 PM
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Soderbergh Confirms Backers for 'Side Effects," Lands Distributor

Between toying with the idea of retiring to become a painter and reaffirming himself as a polymath filmmaker, prolific Steven Soderbergh knows how to keep his schedule full. Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films will partner to produce "Side Effects," one of several upcoming Soderbergh projects.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans in Talks to Star in 'Snow Piercer"

White-blonde actress and probable Oscar nominee Tilda Swinton might reprise her Ice Queen role in an upcoming feature--just not as Narnia native Jadis the White Witch. Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Jamie Bell ("The Adventures of Tintin") are in talks to join Chris Evans ("Captain America") in Bong Joon-ho's "Snow Piercer."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 1:06 PM
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Pulitzer-Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy Sells His First Spec Script: 'The Counselor'

Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," has sold his first spec script.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 12:01 PM
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Sloan Foundation Teams Up with Coolidge Corner Theatre to Expand Science on Screen Program

New York's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced yesterday that it had awarded a two-year grant of over $460,000 to the Coolidge Corner Theatre to expand the Science on Screen program, which pairs feature and documentary films with live presentations by scientists and technologists.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 11:54 AM
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