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Must-See Studio Ghibli Retrospective Gets Spirited Away to Portland's Northwest Film Center

The Northwest Film Center in Portland will be the next repertory cinematheque to showcase the excellent 15-film Studio Ghibli program that was made available in the US at the end of 2011. Included in the series are Hayao Miyazaki classics "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 1:44 PM
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Peabody Awards Go To HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Treme," Showtime's "Homeland"

The 71st Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Peabodys are the oldest awards in broadcasting, and considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 1:29 PM
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YouTube Strikes Movie-Rental Deal with Paramount, Acquires 500 New VOD Titles

Clearly, Viacom's 2011 $1-billion lawsuit against YouTube is water under the bridge. Now Google Inc.'s YouTube has struck a movie-rental deal with Viacom's Paramount, adding 500 new titles to its expanding online library. YouTube's rental library now has more than 9,000 titles, which range from recent ("Hugo") to classic ("The Godfather").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 1:19 PM
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'Angels of Death' Next Up for UK's 'The Woman in Black' Series

Daniel Radcliffe's "The Woman in Black" will continue with "The Woman in Black: Angels of Death," which Hammer Films, Alliance Films and Cross Creek Pictures say is not a sequel but the next installment in a series. The first installment went on to be the highest-grossing British horror film in the past twenty years. "Angels of Death" picks up forty years later with author Susan Hill's original story; Jon Croker is developing the screenplay. Hammer Films calls the project "a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor 'The Woman in Black.'” While "Angels" is a continuation (see synopsis below), Radcliffe and director James Watkins are not currently attached to the project.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 5:34 PM
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Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Is On Fire: 'White House Down,' 'RoboCop,' 'Total Recall,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' & More

"Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt is hot. He wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3). He is adapting Brit mini-series "Red Riding" for producers Steven Zaillian and Ridley Scott, and shares screenwriting credit on upcoming "Total Recall" and "RoboCop" remakes. This week, his "White House Down" screenplay was picked up by Sony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: Magnolia's 'Bel Ami' - Pattinson Seduces & The Women Swoon (Video)

Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in the US on June 8, with Sony Pictures handling all other US media. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 3:40 PM
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BET Founder Robert L. Johnson to Buy Image Entertainment and Acorn Media to Form RLJ Entertainment

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of RLJ Companies, has agreed to acquire home video distributor Image Entertainment and Brit DVD/streaming company Acorn Media Group. The new company will be called RLJ Entertainment, Inc; Johnson will serve as its Executive Chairman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 4:17 PM
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Media Watch: No Cameron 'Prometheus' In Sight; Deadline Falls for April Fool's Prank

Beware of April Fool's announcements. (I loved FoxLA's story about drought-ridden California farmers planting marshmallow trees, below.) While plans to make an Ashton Kutcher/Steve Jobs project appear to be in earnest, Deadline's Mike Fleming did fall for a report that James Cameron wants to direct a "Prometheus" sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 3:27 PM
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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: We Can Do Better (Poll)

Less than six months since Steve Job's passing, much was made over the weekend of news that Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") has attached movie star wannabe Ashton Kutcher to an indie Steve Jobs biopic with a script by Matt Whiteley.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 1:51 PM
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Best Stories of the Week: Interviews, Trailers, 'Hunger Games' Box Office and Steamy Fan Fiction-Turned-Movie Deal

This week at TOH, we looked at "The Hunger Games" bullseye at the box office, the impressive movie deal for E L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey," and much more!
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  • March 31, 2012 4:16 PM
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