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AFM Panels: Weinstein Loves iPad, Barber Talks MGM, Deconstructing Global Markets

AFM Panels: Weinstein Loves iPad, Barber Talks MGM, Deconstructing Global Markets
The American Film Market is under way in Santa Monica. Here are ten things Anthony D'Alessandro learned at AFM panels.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 8, 2010 12:06 AM
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New Distribs FilmDistrict and Wrekin Hill Make Moves

The two new indie film distribs on the block both made announcements Monday. FilmDistrict has made its first pick-up, Soul Surfer, for wide release April 15, 2011. And Chris Ball's Wrekin Hill Entertainment has pacted with Lionsgate Home Entertainment for exclusive U.S. distribution rights for DVD, Blu-ray, digital delivery and VOD. Ex-Newmarket Films president Ball is prepping the December 29 release of Peter Weir's The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess, via Newmarket. He expects to make several acquisitions announcements shortly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2010 4:16 AM
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Sound of Music Reunion on Oprah

True confession: I sang along with The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl a few summers back, with a lot of other happy fans of the 1965 musical, which is still the third most successful movie of all time (after Gone with the Wind and Star Wars). Corrected for inflation in 2005 dollars, according to Blockbusting, the movie's domestic gross (including rereleases) would be $953.9 million (158.9), its cost $49.7 million ($8.0). It took 114 days to make, 25 days over-schedule. Nominated for ten Oscars, it won five, including best picture and actress (Julie Andrews, cast after the director saw advance footage of Mary Poppins) and director (Robert Wise).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2010 11:58 AM
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Wes Anderson Picks Top Twelve Criterion Titles

When asked to deliver a list of his fave Criterion titles, Wes Anderson sent along twelve, with short write-ups.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 6, 2010 9:16 AM
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Cameron's Master Class on Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition DVD; When's 3-D Version?

It's called milking a cash cow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2010 7:46 AM
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Fox Picks Up Scorsese's Letter To Elia, HBO Grabs Lebowitz Doc

Fox Picks Up Scorsese's Letter To Elia, HBO Grabs Lebowitz Doc
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is acquiring Martin Scorsese's A Letter To Elia, which played well in Venice and Telluride. The documentary chronicles the life and work of legendary (and controversial) director Elia Kazan. The film is included in Fox's November 9 DVD release: The Elia Kazan Film Collection. Scorsese shares director credit with Kent Jones.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • September 8, 2010 3:42 AM
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Kehr on Keaton

Kehr on Keaton
A required read for any self-respecting cinephile is critic Dave Kehr's weekly DVD column in the NYT. At a time when most new movies don't offer much to digest for the sophisticated film critic, Kehr has the best beat in town: DVDs. Every week, Kehr shares his erudite knowledge and elegant prose style. And he outdoes himself with this week's essay on the greatest silent comedian, Buster Keaton, who like his rival Charlie Chaplin, directed his own films--but for too short a time. (A new DVD of Steamboat Bill, Jr. is hitting stores, as well as Lost Keaton, which includes sixteen Educational Pictures shorts he made in the 30s.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 10:32 AM
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Oscilloscope to Release Cazale Doc I Knew It Was You on DVD

In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2010 6:12 AM
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DVD Watch: Death Race 2000

Paul Bartel was always one of my fave New World directors--he's one of the less-well-known grads of the Corman school, including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich. It's always a hoot hearing folks talk about what it was like to work there. Quentin Tarantino's tribute to New World chief Roger Corman was a highlight of last year's Academy governors' ball.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2010 8:20 AM
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Alice To Pass $1 Billion, Hollywood for Sale, Bale Talking Hillcoat Flick

-Disney's Alice in Wonderland will cross the $1 billion worldwide box-office threshold tomorrow, marking the sixth movie to do so and a record for a springtime release. With over $332 million domestic and $667 million foreign, Alice in Wonderland is Disney's second-highest grosser behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion worldwide).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2010 3:25 AM
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