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Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as time goes on. Karpen looks to fill the specialty market void left when Peter Schlessel took over Universal indie label Focus Features with a more genre-focus in mind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 3:39 PM
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Why Noir Czar Eddie Muller Is Fighting the Good Fight for American Cinema

Film Noir Foundation president and founder Eddie Muller is fighting the good fight for film preservation. When he's not overseeing the unmissable Noir City film festival in San Francisco each year, he's chasing down long-lost prints and buried treasures that others can't get their hands on.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 11, 2014 2:02 PM
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'Harmontown,' SXSW Dan Harmon Doc, Will Open This Fall with New Podcast Tour (TRAILER)

Neil Berkeley's hilarious road documentary "Harmontown," which was a hit at SXSW 2014, will get a fall theatrical and VOD release in North America and the U.K. via The Orchard, an indie music, film and video distributor and multi-channel network. The film showcases "Community" creator Dan Harmon on tour with his podcast as well as Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale, among others. Harmon prepped for "Community" by writing for shows such as “The Sarah Silverman Program” and the Jack Black/Ben Stiller pilot “Heat Vision and Jack.” Silverman, Black and Stiller also appear on the show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2014 1:37 PM
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SAG-AFTRA Signs New Contract, Cheers 'Significant' Gains

Early Friday morning--on the 4th of July, no less--SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood producers represented by the AMPTP announced a landmark new three-year film and TV contract.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 11:20 AM
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NBC News Takes a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Harry Potter World

Harry Potter fans are eagerly waiting the July 8 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley in Orlando, and NBC News host Meredith Vieira earned every Potter geek's envy when she recently visited the theme park for a primetime special.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 1, 2014 10:05 AM
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'Central Park Five' Win $40 Million Settlement in Suit Against City of New York (UPDATE)

The subjects of Ken and Sarah Burns and David MacMahon's "Central Park Five" have settled their law suit against the City of New York's mishandling of their case. The searing documentary examined the racially charged 1989 case of a Central Park jogger's rape and brutal assault.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2014 9:31 PM
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As DreamWorks Preps Next Chapter, Spielberg's Next Two Pics Land Release Dates (UPDATED)

It looks like we finally have some answers as to what Steven Spielberg is directing next, thanks to an announcement from DreamWorks laying out the release dates for his next project. (UPDATE)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2014 1:30 PM
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James Cameron Working on an 'Avatar' Cirque du Soleil Show

Not only has James Cameron got a slew of "Avatar" sequels on his long-term slate, he's also now taking his blue Na'vi to the circus. The director is set to develop an "Avatar" live production for Cirque du Soleil.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2014 1:55 PM
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Weinsteins Know What They're Doing: This Eva Green 'Sin City' Poster Is Too Racy for the MPAA

Well, this is clearly a calculated move from the Weinstein Co. They've been playing the MPAA rating card with their upcoming "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" from the beginning. Their latest move is to plant a story -- here, a sizzling poster of star Eva Green revealing too much of her breasts for the comfort of the MPAA -- with Page Six, and send out as a press release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2014 1:27 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn Is a Fan of Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River': "It's a Beautiful, Great Movie"

Critics at Cannes may have been harsh on Ryan Gosling's go-for-broke directorial debut "Lost River" (Anne Thompson liked it), but director Nicolas Winding Refn had only good words for it at the festival's closing night dinner. Now, in many ways this is a no-brainer. Gosling has been Winding Refn's muse for his last two films, the hyper-stylish "Only God Forgives" and "Drive," and reviews noticed a distinct similarity between Gosling's directorial style and Winding Refn's (as well as numerous mentions of David Lynch).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2014 1:08 PM
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