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New Media: Film Society of Lincoln Center, StoryCode and Kill Screen Mag Present Story Hackathon

Jumping into multi-platform media programming, on April 28th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and partners StoryCode and Kill Screen Magazine will host the first "Story Hackathon." This 24-hour event will challenge participants to design a cohesive narrative that spans three or more technology platforms to execute a single story.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 1:05 PM
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Tribeca Watch: Felicity Jones in 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'

Felicity Jones can do Shakespeare ("The Tempest") or indie romance ("Like Crazy"). Warren Beatty cast her in his new Howard Hughes movie--which may or may not get made. Next up: Donald Rice's 1930s period comedy "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" debuts at Tribeca on April 20 and seeks a North American distributor.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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Focus World & Tugg Team for 'Extraterrestrial' Theatrical and VOD Release

Focus Features' VOD label Focus World is partnering with Tugg to release Nacho Vigalondo's "Extraterrestrial" in theaters and through VOD beginning June 15. "Extraterrestrial" is set to play theaters in Brooklyn, Seattle, North Hollywood, and Texas' Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, and will expand to wherever audiences demand it through Tugg.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:10 PM
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Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Characters Reveal Themselves in Multi-Site Scavenger Hunt

One recent marketing trend involves luring potential moviegoers into engaging with your product via interactive engagement. Call it marketing via scavenger hunt.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 7:05 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Scoops Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Before Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 5:52 PM
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James Cameron and Vince Pace Forecast Future of Broadcast 3-D at NAB 2012

Las Vegas...If anybody deserves to brag, it’s James Cameron and Vince Pace. And that is exactly what the two 3-D giants did for the first 10 minutes of their panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 17, 2012 3:26 PM
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'Prometheus' Celebrates Fassbender's Fascinating Robot; Fox Confirms Film Not Yet Rated

While Fox confirms to TOH! that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (June 8) has not yet been submitted for a rating (dashing rumors of a PG-13), the studio has released a new video celebrating the birthday of David the robot, played by the ever-fascinating Michael Fassbender. (Think HAL on steroids.) Matt Mueller, who attended the London "Prometheus" preview, warns that Fassbender "appears in serious danger of walking away with the movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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Cannes Announces 2012 Short Film Selection: 'The Chair,' 'Night Shift,' 'Yardbird,' 'Souffle,' 'Silent' & More

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:40 AM
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'All You Need' is Emily Blunt? Actress in Talks for Cruise/Liman Pic

Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:22 AM
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Canet's Stateside Debut 'Blood Ties' to Shoot in NYC with Owen, Crudup, Cotillard, Kunis, Saldana & Schoenaerts

Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" now has financing courtesy of Worldview Entertainment, which will also produce. "Blood Ties" has now locked in stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi and James Caan; shooting begins in New York later this month.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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