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Bob Kerrey Ends Negotiations for MPAA CEO Position

As of today, former U.S Senator Bob Kerrey is no longer in negotiations to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), even though he suggested to Don Imus just two weeks ago that he was in final stages of negotiating.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 29, 2010 7:57 AM
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Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute Announces 11 Grants

The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute has announced 11 grants to support documentary and narrative feature films as part of a three year, $1.5 million initiative that focuses on projects with global cultural and social impact from innovative new storytellers. Sundance considers this initiative with Cinereach an extension of their ongoing programs geared toward nurturing emerging voices (including the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab). The grants are awarded to projects in various stages of development, production and post-production. A complete list of grant winners is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2010 6:42 AM
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Polanski Is Free At Last

The nightmare of being imprisoned since September 2009 is over for Roman Polanski. The Swiss will not extradite the filmmaker to the U.S. on charges from a 1977 rape case in Los Angeles. The authorities are releasing him from house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad. Here's the NYT, which reported that at a press conference in Bern on Monday Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told reporters: “He’s a free man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 6:32 AM
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Wright, Working Title Take on Live-Action Little Mermaid

Here's welcome news you've all been waiting for: a live action adaptation of the Little Mermaid is in the works. The script is by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) and director Joe Wright is partnered with Working Title (who also brought us Wright's Atonement and Pride and Prejudice). This is no Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella (just to name a few of the fairy tales in development or production). It's the original Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid - which is more darkly beautiful adult horror story than children's sing-a-long (a stage play adaptation at Little Angel Theatre Company, founded by Wright's father, was part of the inspiration). Wright may prove the right man to channel the spirit of Anderson's Little Mermaid without the happily-ever-after Disney ending that skews the story's legacy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 8, 2010 5:33 AM
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Sony Attaches Barry Levinson to Direct Brother Jack

Veteran director Barry Levinson (Rain Man and HBO's You Don't Know Jack, nominated for 15 Emmys) is to direct Columbia Pictures' Jack Healey biopic Brother Jack. The coming-of-age story is based on Healey's life as he leaves the priesthood and arrives on the streets, where he fought for and pioneered human rights issues and activism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 5:13 AM
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Lindsay Lohan Breaks Probation, Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

It's like watching a train wreck. A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that Lindsay Lohan has violated her parole in a 2007 drug case and sentenced her to 90 days in jail, reports AP: "Prosecutors said she failed to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 10:27 AM
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Academy Gets 6,304 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Entries; Will Award Five

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received 6,304 entries for its Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, from which up to five recipients will be granted $30,000 each in November. In its 25th year, the competition welcomed first time entries from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Uganda and Uruguay. All 50 states and dozens of countries are also represented this year. To be eligible, screenwriters must not have earned over $5,000 from writing for film or TV, entries must be feature length and originally written in English (translations and adaptations are ineligible). Of the 113 fellowships that have been awarded over time, recipients include including Oscar nominee Susannah Grant (The Soloist, Erin Brockovich), Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee), Mike Rich (The Rookie, Finding Forrester), Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Ring) and Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One) (and more).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 7:28 AM
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McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 12:51 PM
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Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 12:06 PM
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Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C International exec Christine D'Souza as director of content acquisitions and sales for their film sales and finance advisory division, IP Advisors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 8:59 AM
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