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RIP: Cinematographer William Fraker

One of Hollywood's great cinematographers, William Fraker, succumbed to cancer Monday at age 86. While D.P.'s can be cranky, Fraker was known for his affability and exacting standards on sets, from Rosemary's Baby, Bullitt, 1941, Close Encounters and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to Tombstone and Heaven Can Wait. A Naval veteran of World War II, Fraker attended USC's School of Cinema under the G.I. Bill. He grew into one of the defining film talents to emerge in the 60s and worked productively well into his 80s: his last film was 2002's Waking Up in Reno.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 2, 2010 8:52 AM
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Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min Hires Kim Masters as Editor-at-Large

When Kim Masters covered the TV up-fronts for The Hollywood Reporter last week, it was a sign that THR was on the move. Sure enough, new THR editorial director Janice Min has hired Masters--a veteran of NPR, Premiere, The Washington Post, Time, Esquire and Vanity Fair--to be editor-at-large at the venerable trade. She starts July 1, reporting to Min.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2010 3:24 AM
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More: News, Media

Who Will Direct The Hobbit, With Del Toro Moving On? Not Jackson, for Now

Soon after revealing that he was waiting for the dust to clear at MGM so he could get on with The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood's hottest directors after Pan's Labyrinth and Hell Boy 2, is quitting The Hobbit because he can't keep his career on hold any longer; he's already been on the project for two years. He and The Hobbit co-writer-executive producer Peter Jackson made the announcement on May 30 at Theonering.net.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2010 12:35 PM
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Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

I'm sitting in a JFK airport restaurant charging my computer, my BlackBerry and my iPod, steeling myself for another long flight. I flew into NY a month ago, so I have to fly back to LA from here, too. Sigh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Bier's In a Better World

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Susanne Bier’s In a Better World from TrustNordisk, which has sold the film to more than 30 countries. I am a huge fan of Bier's Brothers and After the Wedding, both also co-written by Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen. This is the intensely emotional drama of two Danish families. Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced the film for Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with Memfis Film International, DR, SVT, Film i Väst and Trollhättan Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 7:54 AM
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Searchlight Buys Murdoch-Produced Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Fox Searchlight acquires only a few films each year. So one reason why Fox Searchlight Pictures co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula picked up Wayne Wang's 19th-century drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan can be found in the producing credits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2010 2:03 AM
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Berney Leaves Apparition on Eve of Cannes

Needless to say I will have a story for you---the whole story--when I get it. Now I'm boarding a plane to Nice en route to Cannes. (Oliver Stone, with a trim mustache, just said hi.) Look at this story on Deadline and you will see that it's from Bill Pohlad, as is the memo below. Yes, Bob Berney has left Apparition. The question is, why. He and wife Jeanne will be in Cannes, where I will find out what's going on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 1:11 AM
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Polanski Speaks Out, Wants Out

On Sunday Roman Polanski stated that "he can remain silent no longer" over his still-unresolved rape case, now 33 years old, and distributed a statement to the media. Actually his old friend Bernard-Henri Lévy sent around the 908-word statement, reports the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 12:18 PM
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More: Directors, News

McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network
Ex-Variety critic Todd McCarthy is joining the indieWIRE blog network. His first post goes up on Todd McCarthy’s Deep Focus Thursday night, and he'll file his first review out of the gate at the Cannes Film Festival, of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2010 2:02 AM
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Lionsgate Poison Pill Rebuffed in Canada

Lionsgate Entertainment, which is incorporated in both Vancouver and Santa Monica, is trying to fend off shareholder Carl Icahn's efforts to take over the company. But Lionsgate has met a setback, reports the LAT and Bloomberg News:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 11:16 AM
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