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Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Expands

After a successful platform launch in four theaters, Sony Pictures Classics will expand The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus to about 400 theaters on January 8. Not sure how many moviegoers will be wooed by this TV spot. Most likely the film, Heath Ledger's last, will sell well when it is released on DVD, when the movie's devoted fan site will be included in the extras.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 5:04 AM
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Weekend Read: 2012 Clips, FIND Conference, FTC Blog Rules, Polanski Culture Clash

Filmmaker Magazine reports from this weekend's FIND conference. So does Screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2009 5:13 AM
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Indie Future: Mechanic Offers Answers

Always one of the smarter players in Hollywood, ex-Fox studio chairman Bill Mechanic (now owner of the production company Pandemonium LLC) gave a keynote speech Tuesday morning on the future of the indies at the Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference. Is he looking for a job (there's a big opening at Disney, where he used to run home video)? Maybe.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2009 10:21 AM
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Potter's Rage Debuts on Mobile Phones

True confession. I love Sally Potter, from the great Tilda Swinton-starrer Orlando to the sexy verse-poem Yes. But her films just don't do a lot of stateside business.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2009 10:44 AM
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Classic Cinema, Redbox Update, Batman Reality, Floating Heads

Hollywood News:Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It has a new poster and a new release date: October 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2009 1:42 AM
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Redbox Analysis: Kiosks vs. Studios

Redbox Analysis: Kiosks vs. Studios
In the second of an ongoing series of guest columns, ex-LA Times and Variety writer Diane Garrett (now at Consumed by Media) analyzes the ongoing Redbox $1 kiosk wars with insight from years of home video industry-watching. Just how did the mighty studios find themselves in court with this upstart DVD rental outfit? Garrett explains.
  • By Diane Garrett
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  • August 24, 2009 5:55 AM
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Redbox Explosion: Movies and Shakers

Swiftly growing Mint.com lures potential customers into its jaws with nifty charts like this one: where do people spend money on movies? The answer: Redbox is exploding.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2009 5:12 AM
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Avatar Day, Sony Acquires Parnassus, Tarantino, Screwball Ladies

We've been tracking news that Sony Pictures Classics would release The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this fall. But as the NY-based specialty division rigorously refuses to confirm these talks, the rumors spread around the internet until Variety figured out a way to write the story so that Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group "is in advanced talks" to acquire the movie for SPC to release. It's easy to run a rumor, harder to run it down.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2009 6:52 AM
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Movies Go to Facebook, Legos, Lebanon, Redbox and Wellywood

Media Watch: Vibe could be coming back to--digital--life, while it looks like those wild and crazy salad days at Conde Nast are finally over.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2009 2:39 AM
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Lee Revamps Ride with the Devil

In the stellar career of Ang Lee, one movie stands out like a sore thumb, not only as one of his few boxoffice clunkers, but as a film which he edited for a studio. "Of the 11 films I worked on with Ang, it's the only one that was not his cut," says Lee's longtime writer-collaborator James Schamus, who will appear with Lee onstage at the Walter Reade after the work-in-progress director's cut of Ride with the Devil screens August 10 during the Film Society at Lincoln Center's complete Lee retrospective.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2009 11:31 AM
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