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Sundance's Artists Services Initiative Releases Ten New Titles on Netflix

Sundance Institute's "Artists Services Initiative," which offers Sundance artists a way to self-distribute, announces ten new titles now streaming on Netflix...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:15 PM
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First Look: Gosling Looks Badass in Refn's 'Only God Forgives'; Weinsteins' Radius Acquires Film for Multi-Platform Release

The "Drive" bromance of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling continues; they are currently shooting crime thriller "Only God Forgives" in Bangkok, Thailand. The Weinsteins' Radius-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced here. Shortfest's juried International Competition qualifies winners for Academy Award consideration. Here's ticket information. Catch a peak of last year's fest below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:53 PM
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Reeves Joins Actor-Director Gang with Chinese-Language 'Man of Tai Chi'

On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will work with Reeves, who stars in the film, as well as co-stars Tiger Chen and Karen Mok. The project is a co-production of China Film Group, Village Roadshow, Wanda Media and Universal (which will handle distribution).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 12:21 PM
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Introducing ECLA: Emerson College Comes to Hollywood, $110 million Project Breaks Ground March 8

Boston's Emerson College, which has long focused on Communications and the Arts, is breaking ground on a new campus in Los Angeles at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 29, 2012 12:08 PM
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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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'Rango' Oscar-Winner Verbinski Starts Production on 'Lone Ranger,' Starring Depp as Tonto; Red Carpet Verbinski Video

At long last, Disney has started principal photography in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s epic "Lone Ranger" (May 13, 2013). In the wake of the disappointing "Cowboys & Aliens," Disney chief Rich Ross tussled with Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp to bring down the western's budget to $215 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 3:25 PM
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Film Independent Spirit Awards: Complete List of Winners

As expected, "The Artist" dominated Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, winning four awards for best feature, director, actor and cinematography. The drama was getting "The Artist" creative team via police escort to the event from a delayed flight from Paris, where the film won six Cesars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2012 7:16 PM
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Spurlock's 'Comic-Con Episode IV' Goes on Tour to Support Theatrical/VOD Release

No rest for the weary for Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). He's hitting the road with his latest doc, "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" with a multi-city, live road show designed to create a Comic-Con-like experience.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 24, 2012 8:00 AM
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SXSW FIRST LOOK: 'Prince of Broadway' Director Sean Baker Debuts Poster for 'Starlet'

Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway" was a fine second feature and an honest indie gem. Check out our interview with Baker and "Price of Broadway" presenter Lee Daniels below. His third film, "Starlet," is set to debut at SXSW on March 11 and stars Dree Hemingway. Check out the full poster and synopsis below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 3:07 PM
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