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Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Discovery and USC Partner to Support Student Filmmaking

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are setting their sights once more on the young and tech savvy. USC's School of Cinematic Arts and New Form Digital -- a studio created from Discovery Communications, Howard and Grazer -- are partnering on a year-long program that will support the distribution of student-made programming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 11, 2014 1:13 PM
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Can 'Get On Up' Star Chad Boseman Land a Best Actor Oscar Nomination?

After the packed "Get On Up" Producers Guild of America screening Thursday at the Pacific Design Center, star Chadwick Boseman, who channels mercurial funk star James Brown in the musical biopic, earned a rousing standing ovation. During the Q & A, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"), explained that it took decades to get the $30-million period drama made, even after such African-American hits as "Ray," which won an Oscar for Jamie Foxx, and "42," which launched Boseman's star. Universal eventually released the picture--insisting on a PG-13 rating and an August opening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2014 4:56 PM
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Reese Witherspoon Looks Towards Oscar Gold With 'Wild,' 'The Good Lie' (TRAILER)

Reese Witherspoon's got a busy fall coming up, with two new films--"Wild" and "The Good Lie"--headed for awards season-friendly release dates.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 24, 2014 10:50 AM
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Hollywood A-Listers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer Return to Web to Chase Young and Tech-Savvy with New Digital Studio

Maryland-based nonfiction media company Discovery Communications is partnering with longtime collaborators and Imagine Entertainment spearheads Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to launch a new digital studio called New Form. The studio will focus on content outside the traditional media models of film and television.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:27 PM
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