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Oscar Watch: Fincher Promotes Social Network DVD/Blu-Ray

A tried-and-true tool for Oscar-promoting a film that opened earlier in the year is the DVD release. Last month, Warners threw a DVD fete for Chris Nolan's July movie Inception. And director David Fincher is out and about supporting September opener The Social Network DVD/Blu-Ray, including interviews with Hitfix and Collider as well as a planned P.A. at an L.A. DVD/Oscar party this Thursday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 2:10 AM
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New Miramax: What Do We Know? Lang and Weinsteins Partner on Sequels

What do we know about the new Miramax, which has finally closed its $660 million deal to separate from previous owner Disney?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 7:27 AM
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Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk
Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending of Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer talks the score that's "Better than drugs":
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • December 1, 2010 4:42 AM
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Trailer Watch: Two in the Wave, Godard/Truffaut Documentary

"I always thought the cinema was great but lacked sincerity and we ought to do it better," said Francois Truffaut.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2010 11:04 AM
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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

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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