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The Pink Panther Returns -- Again

MGM has revealed it's developing a feature-length "Pink Panther" reboot, which will be a hybrid of animation and live-action.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 7:03 PM
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'Magic Mike 2' Set to Shoot This Fall

"Magic Mike 2," the sequel to the baby-oiled and rippling original which grossed $167 million worldwide, will reportedly start production this fall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 12:05 PM
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Sundance Introduces Its First Episodic Story Lab, Set for Fall 2014

To state the obvious, the world of episodic content is trending in a major way. Following on the heels of SXSW showcasing its first Episodic program, the Sundance Institute has unveiled an expansion in its Labs program to include the first Episodic Story Lab, set to be held in Fall 2014 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 2:28 PM
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Sundance Institute Opens Call for Proposals for $125K TED Filmmaker Prize

The Sundance Institute and TED now have an open call for proposals for their second collaboration, which will jointly award $125,000 for a short documentary film project about the work of the 2014 TED Prize winner -- Charmain Gooch, co-founder and director of Global Witness.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 11:58 AM
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Sofia Coppola to Direct Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid," a project that previously had Joe Wright attached. (Wright is now moving full-steam ahead with another fairytale reboot, "Pan," which recently cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 2:56 PM
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Sundance Docs 'Rich Hill' and 'Last Days in Vietnam' Find Distribution

Two documentaries that premiered at this year's Sundance, Grand Jury winner "Rich Hill" and Rory Kennedy's "Last Days in Vietnam," have found distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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Filming Begins on World War I True Story 'Testament of Youth,' Starring Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander

Filming has kicked off on World War I drama "Testament of Youth," starring Kit Harington ("Pompeii," "Game of Thrones") and Alicia Vikander ("A Royal Affair"). Helmed by Brit TV director James Kent, the film tells the true story of Vera Brittain, who delayed her studies at Oxford to be a nurse during the war; she then had to keep her life together after both her fiance and brother were killed in battle.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 1:32 PM
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WATCH: KTLA News Anchors Get Freaked Out On Air by This Morning's Earthquake

Those in the LA area had a rather rude awakening around 6:30am this morning, when a robust-seeming earthquake jostled us around for a few seconds. Apparently it was only 4.4 on the Richter scale (here's the seismograph), though it felt bigger than that. At any rate, MuckRack made a funny gif of the KTLA anchors reacting on air when the earthquake strikes (watch the minute-long video from YouTube below; the anchors compose themselves very soon after ducking under their desks).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 12:43 PM
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More: News, Video, Video, News

Women Filmmakers: Applications Now Open for $15,000 in Film Finishing Fund Grants

Applications are now being accepted through June 6 for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2014 Film Finishing Fund grants. Women In Film will give up to $15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants for the selected entries.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 12:01 PM
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Robert Rodriguez Launches Content Creation Contest with $250K Grand Prize Plus Mentorship

Robert Rodriguez has launched Green Label Studios: Open Call, a project which provides aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to win a $250,000 production grant to create content for Green Label’s website. Plus, the winner gets a mentorship with Rodriguez, and executive producer-writer Roberto Orci (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 2:56 PM
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