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We Own Our Own Copyrights

The simplest distinction often tells us all we need to know. In the music and film worlds there are artists who own the copyrights to their work and those who do not.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 5, 2014 2:33 PM
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Indie Film Producer Jon Kilik Challenges Spielberg, Lucas and Soderbergh in IFP Speech

Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Spike Lee's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" coming out in November and December. In a keynote speech at IFP on September 15 in NYC, the prolific producer delivered challenging remarks about the current state of film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 3:05 PM
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Women in Film's Crystal and Lucy Awards Go to Laura Linney, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas and 'Mad Men' Cast

LA non-profit Women in Film has unveiled the winners for the 2013 Crystal and Lucy Awards to include the 'Mad Men' cast, Laura Linney and Sofia Coppola.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:35 PM
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'Star Trek' Guru J.J. Abrams Directing 'Star Wars' Ignites Reaction: Why He Can Do Both

Emotions are running high with the news that J.J. Abrams will direct the newest installment of "Star Wars," due in theaters in 2015. Below, a roundup from the web, including Abrams' past words about his reservations to direct the storied franchise, rumors of other directors, a selection of amusing Tweets from fans, and more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 2:27 PM
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Disney/Lucasfilm Hire 'Toy Story 3' Scribe Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII' UPDATE (VIDEO)

Kathleen Kennedy confirms that Michael Arndt is the new writer for "Star Wars: Episode VII." She was celebrating the AFI FEST closing night world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Thursday, along with Disney chairman Robert Iger, who when pressed, admitted that he wouldn't have paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm if he didn't think Disney, Lucasfilm and Kennedy couldn't turn out the best "Star Wars" film ever made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 9:36 PM
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Disney Empire Strikes Back: As George Lucas Moves On, Disney Picks Up His Bay Area Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion

Walt Disney Co. has made a major purchase-- following its earlier acquisition of Pixar and Marvel Entertainment-- by scooping up George Lucas's Bay Area LucasFilm for $4.05 billion. This means that Disney and its theme parks will now own future rights to Lucas's "Star Wars" franchise--in all its myriad forms.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 5:11 PM
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Watch: John Williams' 80th Birthday Celebration Includes Obama, Spielberg and Lucas (VIDEO)

Last Saturday octogenarian composer John Williams attended a gala tribute concert for his ongoing 80th birthday celebration at the Tanglewood music festival in Massachusetts. Steven Spielberg and James Taylor made surprise stage appearances, and both President Obama and George Lucas delivered video birthday greetings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2012 2:44 PM
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Kathleen Kennedy Joins Lucasfilm as Co-Chair, In Line to Take Over When Lucas Moves On

George Lucas has been running his Bay area Lucasfilm empire, which includes not only his production company but VFX house Industrial Light and Magic, post-production facility Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Games and all the various publishing and television/video spin-offs that the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises have spawned, for some 30 years. In other words it's a huge enterprise to manage, and finally, Lucas has come up with an exit strategy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2012 2:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: George Lucas's World War II Aerial Ballet Red Tails Debuts January 20

Trailer Watch: George Lucas's World War II Aerial Ballet Red Tails Debuts January 20
We've been waiting a while for producer George Lucas's take on the World War II Tuskegee airmen, now set for release by Twentieth Century Fox on January 20, 2012. Anthony Hemingway (Treme, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica) directs a script by John Ridley (Three Kings) and a sprawling ensemble led by Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Andre Royo (The Wire). Produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson, the film boasts a score by frequent Spike Lee composer Terence Blanchard.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2011 8:29 AM
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News Wrap: Hamm Talks Mad Men, Hanks Releases New Larry Crowne Trailer, In Talks with Zemeckis

“I think it should end. Everything should end.” So states Mad Men star Jon Hamm in this interview with the BBC, during which he also criticized AMC studio bosses for the hold up of Mad Men’s fifth season: “When billionaires fight it tends to take a lot longer than when normal people do."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 13, 2011 5:35 AM
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