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Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia Launch Web Series and Shorts to Explore 'Female Characters'

Producer-director Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes," "Up Close and Personal") and filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "In Treatment") have launched a YouTube digital channel, WIGS, to showcase original series and scripted dramatic shorts. And they've lined up a strong acting roster:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 1:44 PM
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Indiewire Wins Webby for Film and Movie Site

The Webby Awards are massive (10,000 entries from the U.S. and over 60 countries worldwide) and cover a lot of ground. But it's very cool that Indiewire is the 16th Annual Webby Award Winner in the Movie and Film category.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 1:00 PM
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TFF 2012: Three Things You Should Know About Short-Form Filmmaking

The Tribeca Talks panel “The Future is Short: Storytelling in the Digital Age” offers simple and telling information about how to get your content out there and maybe make some money back. The landscape is still fairly disjointed, with a few too many special sauces brewing in the pot.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 25, 2012 6:41 PM
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Entertainers in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Include Depp on Weinstein, Griffin on Handler, Tyson on Davis

Time has made its 100 Most Influential People in the World list; it's both surprising and all-too predictable. Here's a sampling of the entertainment side:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 1:44 PM
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New Media: Film Society of Lincoln Center, StoryCode and Kill Screen Mag Present Story Hackathon

Jumping into multi-platform media programming, on April 28th, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and partners StoryCode and Kill Screen Magazine will host the first "Story Hackathon." This 24-hour event will challenge participants to design a cohesive narrative that spans three or more technology platforms to execute a single story.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 1:05 PM
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No Sub? HBO Wants You to Watch the Pilots of 'Girls' and 'Veep'

HBO will allow anyone interested access to its two newest original comedies: Lena Dunham's "Girls" and "Veep" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The day after both pilots premiere on HBO, audiences can stream the shows on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, and TV.com. The "Veep" pilot will also be available free of charge on iTunes.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 15, 2012 1:01 AM
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The Traditionalist: Christopher Nolan Prefers Film, One Camera, No 3-D

Chris Nolan is a traditionalist. The "Batman Begins," "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director has candidly stated his preference for shooting 35 mm film with one camera rather than digital with many. He also recoils from 3-D and unrealistic CGI.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 13, 2012 12:16 PM
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Media Watch: Industry Heavyweights Talk 'The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution'

"We are in the future and the future is now," said producer Paula Wagner in her intro to Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television's annual Steed Symposium, which mounted a heavyweight industry panel to talk "The New Disruptors: Content, Devices and Distribution."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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'Hunger Games' Fans Beware: Scammers Are After You

Knowing that fans following "The Hunger Games," which is already setting a torrid pace at the box office, are eager for news, scammers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of their searches.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 4:34 PM
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Variety Up for Sale: Sad End for a Storied Brand

The once iconic trade brand Variety has recently fallen on hard times. Now owner Reed Business Information is putting the century-old trade paper up for sale.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2012 4:28 PM
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