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'Hank and Asha': How Two Newlyweds Shot a Long-Distance Romance on Their Honeymoon

"We premiered at Slamdance last year and won an award there, and have been on the festival circuit for a year at 25 to 30 festivals, where we won a bunch of awards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2014 8:00 PM
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Want to Slap Tim League in the Face? Here's Your Chance to Get Some 'Cheap Thrills'

Check out the unusual money back guarantee that Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League is making on his new release "Cheap Thrills," opening this weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2014 3:08 PM
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Why Roadside Attractions Is the Right Distributor to Handle Justin Simien's College Satire 'Dear White People' (VIDEO)

With a solid target audience of college students and millennials, it will be fascinating to see how Roadside Attractions handles the release of marketer-turned-filmmaker Justin Simien's cutting racial satire "Dear White People," given that the Sundance prize-winner started out as a provocative concept trailer that went viral in 2012 on Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, crowd-funding site Indiegogo and YouTube. This provided investors with reason to back the rookie director's first feature.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 3:23 PM
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Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support with each screening benefiting a local charity, the movie has been pulling in Batman fans across the country.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2014 12:15 PM
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Anatomy of a Release: Roadside Attractions' Redford-Starrer 'All Is Lost'

Did Roadside Attractions do anything wrong in distributing "All is Lost," as Robert Redford has suggested? Compare Roadside's overall release plan to similar English-language limited-release films and the company did about as well as it realistically could have.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2014 12:32 PM
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AFI FEST Promotes One of Last Holiday Entries Via Special Tribute to David O. Russell

Given that David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (December 25) is one of the last films to arrive into the already-crowded awards fray, the last film festival of the fall season, AFI FEST 2013 (November 7-14), gets to promote the presumed Oscar contender via Special Tribute on Friday, November 8.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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Nifty 'Carrie' Promo Stunt (VIDEO)

They dumped red slushies on the Homecoming Queen in "Glee," referencing "Carrie," the Stephen King classic and Brian de Palma movie, which has now been remade by Kimberly Peirce with Chloe Grace Moretz in the Sissy Spacek role and Julianne Moore in for Piper Laurie. Check out this cleverly viral way to market the latest flick about an angry teenager with telekinetic powers:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 7:27 PM
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Dwight Caines Moves Into Sony's Top Marketing Spot

More and more, executives who know the digital universe are moving up the studio ranks. See Kevin Tsujihara at Warners and Amy Powell at Paramount, and now Dwight Caines at Sony. He replaces respected outgoing marketing president Marc Weinstock, who was himself a rising star when he moved to the studio marketing department after boosting many hits at Sony subsidiary Screen Gems. Did the studio's movies really disappoint because of lackluster marketing? I don't think so. But when a studio management team is under fire for a weak slate, they often blame the marketing chief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2013 1:11 PM
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TIFF: 'Rush' Director Ron Howard, Star Chris Hemsworth and Hans Zimmer Do Facebook Q & As

As part of Universal's Toronto International Film Festival press junket for Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing flick "Rush" (September 20), this Sunday at noon before the film's world premiere, Howard and star Chris Hemsworth will conduct their first ever Facebook Q&A. They'll also answer fan questions on the "Rush" Facebook Page.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 11:47 PM
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'The Butler' Close to 'The Help''s Opening Numbers; Holdovers 'We're the Millers' and 'Elysium' Beat Other Newcomers

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" delivered as a major number one success for The Weinstein Co., exceeding most predictions. But the overall weekend marked another summer disappointment. Three of this week's four openers fell from their Friday starts, showing bad word of mouth and lack of interest. "Kick-Ass 2" was supposed to compete for number one with "The Butler," but underperformed relative to expectations. "Jobs" and especially "Paranoia" (which didn't even make the top 10) were real bellyflops. The second weekend for both "We're the Millers" and "Elysium" outgrossed all newbies except for "The Butler."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 1:36 PM
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