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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Plus Charters, Müller & Clark

The 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards will recognize cinematographers Dean Semler, Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark at their February 10 event. Semler will be honored with the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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Sundance Institute Names Participants for Third Film Forward: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Valley of Saints,' 'Chasing Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute announces its third year of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institue of Museum and Library Services...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 3:42 PM
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AFM, Day 1: Seyfried & Dempsey, Morton & Hunt, Weinstein, Wiig, Wan & More Titles in the Mix [UPDATED]

As the American Film Market (AFM) kicks off November 1, IM Global has come on board to produce Joe Carnahan's "Stretch." Patrick Wilson stars in the action film, with frequent IM Global partner Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions ("Paranormal Activity") co-producing.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 3:06 PM
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Bennett Miller's True Story of Olympian Murder 'Foxcatcher' Goes to Columbia; Stars Carell, Ruffalo, Tatum & Miller

Columbia Pictures has acquired US rights to "Capote" director Bennett Miller's upcoming "Foxcatcher." The film, from Annapurna Pictures, will also be co-financed by Columbia. Miller and Columbia also worked together on last year's Oscar-nominated "Moneyball."
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 2:36 PM
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Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in whatever cinematic form they desire...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 1:49 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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Do Adults Want a Sequel to 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'?

Old people are so hot right now. After the success of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Fox Searchlight is awaiting a treatment for a sequel from original screenwriter Ol Parker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 29, 2012 6:15 PM
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Kasi Lemmons Boards 'Agaat,' Will Adapt & Direct South African Apartheid Drama

Kasi Lemmons, director of "Eve's Bayou" and "Talk to Me," is attached to adapt and direct South African apartheid novel "Agaat," written in 2010 by Marlene van Niekerk. The rights to the book have been optioned by producers Patrick Holzen, Mark R. Harris and Debbie Vandermeulen. Holzen states, “It took a long deliberation to find the perfect person and I can’t imagine the project with anyone else now. [Lemmons'] previous projects have dealt with themes of social change, empowerment and love, which are our themes as well. Kasi is a formidable talent with a unique perspective that was essential to adapting this masterpiece.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2012 4:10 PM
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Baja Film Festival Announces Lineup for Inaugural Edition, Celebrating Mexican and International Cinema

The inaugural edition of the Baja International Film Festival has lined up eighty films. The fest, which will run November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, will feature five international feature premieres, five Mexican features, seven Special Presentation screenings and much more. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best International Feature, Mexican Feature, Int'l Doc, Mexican Doc, Int'l Short and Mexican Short at a ceremony on the closing day.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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The Academy Names 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Winners

The Academy announces the winners of its 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Each of the winners, listed below, will be given $35,000...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 5:05 PM
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