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Adam Leon's SXSW Winner 'Gimme the Loot' Goes to Sundance Selects

"Gimme the Loot" goes to Sundance Selects for North and Latin American distribution. The Adam Leon film, which just won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW, follows two teenagers in the Bronx who must raise $500 to exact revenge on a rival graffiti gang that destroyed their latest masterpiece...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:04 PM
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Sean Penn to Receive Peace Summit Award for Work In Haiti, Thrilled to Represent it to Youth & Women of The World

When twenty Nobel Peace Laureates meet in Chicago for their twelfth World Summit, they will award Sean Penn with the annual Peace Summit Award in recognition of his work as founder and CEO of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which aids the victims of the 2010 earthquake, as well as for his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:28 PM
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Kenneth Branagh to Receive San Francisco Fest's Founder's Directing Award

Kenneth Branagh, who was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn" and directed Marvel's "Thor," will be honored with the San Francisco International Film Festival's Founder's Directing Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
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Why George Clooney Got Arrested

Using your celebrity to raise awareness of an issue is one thing. Getting arrested for that purpose is another. That's what George Clooney, Liberal humanitarian activist, was willing to do Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2012 2:03 PM
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In The Works: Scorsese and DiCaprio Take 5, Penn Eyes Iñárritu's 'Red Flag,' Canet's Impressive Cast & O'Connor's 'Neverland'

Martin Scorsese and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, will team for the fifth time with "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Sean Penn eyes Alejandro González Iñárritu's true crime story; French actor-writer-director Guillaume Canet lines up a star-packed cast for his own crime adaptation; and "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor heads to "Neverland."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 16, 2012 1:44 PM
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Gravitas Expanding Release for Aaron Rottinghaus' 'Apart' via Tugg

Gravitas Ventures will use on-demand enabler Tugg to expand the current theatrical and VOD run of Aaron Rottinghaus' psychological thriller "Apart."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 5:29 PM
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Film Independent Announces Filmmakers for 2nd Annual Documentary Lab

Film Independent announces the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, which is sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. The filmmakers , listed below, will participate in a seven-week intensive in Los Angeles beginning this week through the end of April...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 2:58 PM
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Fassbender May Climb A Mountain, Steal More Hearts, in Naranjo's 'Mountain Between Us'

Swoon alert. Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Gerardo Naranjo's "The Mountain Between Us," adpted by J. Mills Goodloe from Charles Martin's novel for 20th Century Fox.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 12:29 PM
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Video: Jon Stewart Solves the 'John Carter' Problem with Kony 2012

Two popular news topics converge - the "John Carter" Disney disaster, and Kony 2012 vs. the media. Watch Jon Stewart solve one of the problems below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 5:19 PM
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'A Separation' Director Farhadi Announces Next Pic Set in Paris After Denial of Celebration in Native Iran

Sadly, a celebration of Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" - which won numerous awards across the world, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film - was denied a celebration in its native Iran by its government on Monday...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 5:11 PM
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