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'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increasing trend of companies (in this case Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Entertainment) starting to reveal heretofore hidden pay-per-view sales figures, as VOD becomes more relevant to independent film profit and distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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'Clouds Over Cuba' Interactive Doc Launches on 50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis; JFK Live Tweets

American history nuts, take note: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum launched interactive multimedia documentary "Clouds Over Cuba" today, the exact day Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba 50 years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2012 1:40 PM
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Filmmaker's Nightmare: NYFF Screening of De Palma's 'Passion' Hits a Digital Snafu

With technological evolution comes hiccups. Though not widely reported, the September 29 NYFF premiere of Brian De Palma's "Passion" apparently hit a disappointing snafu when the DCP (digital cinema package) of the film refused to play.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 1:16 PM
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'Keep Indie Visible' Campaign Launches To Help Keep Art House Cinemas Alive

The "Keep Indie Visible" program is launching a new campaign to help independent theaters successfully transition to (read: survive) the industry-wide move to digital projection. By the end of 2013, Hollywood will only distribute films in specific digital formats -- but the staggering cost for state-of-the-art digital projectors...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 12:25 PM
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Hulu Ups the Game with BBC-Partnered Original Content 'The Wrong Mans;' Current-Season Nickelodeon Programming

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia, the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 4:40 PM
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Amazon Studios Options First Novel, Self-Published Southern Gothic 'SEED'

Amazon's original content branch Amazon Studios has optioned the rights for author Ania Ahlborn's "SEED," a self-published Southern Gothic horror novel centering on a man whose malignant supernatural past catches up with him following a car accident. This is the first novel option for the studio, which has heretofore optioned only movie scripts and episodic series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:26 PM
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MPAA Head Chris Dodd's Anti-Piracy Plea: Hollywood and Online Tech "not adversaries, we're partners"

CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:25 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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Target Aims for Branded Entertainment Trend with Short Film 'Falling Into You'

Target is taking big strides into branded entertainment with the 12-minute short film "Falling Into You," which shows off more than 100 fall season fashion, home and beauty items, while starring the likes of Kristen Bell, Nia Long and Zachary Abel. The short is directed by regular "Mad Men" helmer Phil Abraham, and unspools in three parts. Part 1 releases online October 2.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 5:07 PM
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Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on 'Moby Dick' Big Read Site

The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic "the great unread American novel." To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 12:35 PM
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