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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

U.S. winners of the 39th annual Student Academy Awards are in: ten students from nine schools have been chosen in Alternative, Animation, Documentaries and Narrative categories.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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Cari Beauchamp Named Resident Scholar at Mary Pickford Foundation

Film historian Cari Beauchamp has been appointed Resident Scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation. Newly appointed Director of Archive, Elaina Archer, and Beauchamp will help the Foundation to establish an online clearing house and research center for the videos, writings, photos, film clips and other historical material on Mary Pickford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 3:43 PM
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Cohen Media Group to Release Italian Oscar-Entry 'Terraferma' (video)

"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 4:05 PM
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Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart's 'Cali'; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Nick Cassavetes, known best for delivering one of the greatest chick flicks ever -- "The Notebook" -- is back to some grittier material; the "Alpha Dog" director is set to helm "Cali," reports Variety. Kristen Stewart will star (and co-exec produce) as one of a pair of lovebirds (the other half is yet to be cast) who sell a fake snuff film and escape the San Fernando Valley with the cash. But then the girl must "return from the dead" in order to save her younger sister from the life she abandoned. Michael Diliberti wrote the script. Voltage Productions and New School Media are producing with their eye on a late summer start, assuming the Cannes market is agreeable for the project. With Stewart attached, it will be.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:59 PM
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Sundance Institute Announces Directors and Screenwriters Lab Participants for 2012

Congrats to the thirteen projects taken on for this summer's Sundance Institute annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which is held May 28 - June 28 at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort in Utah. Countries represented include the United States, Italy, Romania, Australia, Algeria, France, Chile and the UK.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:46 PM
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Jolie Joined by Fanning, Copley, Richardson, Staunton, Manville, Cranham, Riley & Eisley for Disney's 'Maleficent'

Disney's "Maleficent" has rounded out its cast. Joining Angelina Jolie are...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 11:40 AM
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Academy Boosts Film Preservation with Film-to-Film Initiative

In a welcome move in response to the takeover of digital technology and the reduced availability of film stock, the Academy is extending the reach of their film preservation efforts. Their $2 million Film-To-Film project will accelerate the work of their Academy Film Archive to both acquire and create new archival film masters and prints from at-risk elements, including films as recent as the 1990s.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 4:55 PM
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'Catfish' Duo Joost & Schulman Tackle 'Monkey Wrench Gang' Adaptation with 'Bona Fide Stupidity'

"The Monkey Wrench Gang," an adaptation of the 1975 Edward Abbey novel, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the pair behind "Catfish," "Paranormal Activity 3" and the upcoming "Paranormal Activity 4"). Edward Pressman will produce with Gary Burden. Pressman says the pair's take on the material will "connect to the humor and cultural zeitgeist of today in the same way Abbey’s book does."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 4:50 PM
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Schwarzenegger Will Be Back with Open Road's 'Ten'; David Ayer to Direct

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in "Ten," with directer David Ayer at the helm. Open Road takes US distribution rights to the film, which will be finance by QED International. The action thriller is penned by Skip Woods ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), and follows an elite DEA task force that deals with drug cartels.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 2:16 PM
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55th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Awards and Prizes at Golden Gate Awards Party

While the Golden Gate Awards party was going on at the Rasselas Jazz Club and Restaurant on Fillmore, I was some 33 miles south, at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, watching Howard Hawks’ “A Girl in Every Port,” accompanied by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2012 4:32 PM
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