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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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New Directors/New Films 2012 Opens With 'Where Do We Go Now,' Adds Horror, Family, Kubrick to Full Line-Up

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art have unveiled the 2012 lineup for the 41st New Directors/New Films festival, running March 21–April 1. The festival will showcase 29 features and 12 shorts, hailing from 28 countries.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 2:58 PM
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Cinema Guild Takes 'Planet of Snail;' Documentary Looks at World Without Sound & Sight

The Cinema Guild has picked up "Planet of Snail" for US distribution. Seung-jun Yi's documentary looks into a silent world where "love and touch are all one needs to survive."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:51 PM
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Oscars 2012: Tony Bennett Will Perform at The Governors Ball

After the Oscar show, while the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball will not be sitting down to dinner--the Academy is feting them buffet style this year--they will be treated to a performance by music legend Tony Bennett. Academy president Tom Sherak calls the 85-year-old crooner "that rare artist who truly reaches across generations. Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege." More on Bennett below (along with a video of him singing with Norah Jones):
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:30 PM
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Paramount and Bad Robot Extend First-Look Deal to Late 2015

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions are extending their exclusive first-look agreement through the end of 2015. Why wouldn't they? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 22, 2012 8:46 PM
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DiCaprio and Spielberg Convince Academy To Buy 'Oz' Ruby Slippers for Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy did not buy anything at the recent Debbie Reynolds' auction --even though iconic costumes were being sold that would seem must-owns for an organization planning a major Hollywood museum. Well, with help from Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg, the Academy has finally stepped up and acquired Dorothy's ruby slippers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2012 4:28 PM
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Sundance and SXSW Factual Thriller 'The Imposter' Goes to Indomnia; Reviews

The Indomina Group has picked up A&E IndieFilms' "The Imposter" for North American distribution. The Sundance entry is also set to play SXSW. Check out the synopsis for the factual thriller below. “Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that 'The Imposter' does,” says Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 5:03 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' -- Dissident for Digital Age?

Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - the "story of a dissident for the digital age" - has been acquired by Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The doc debuted at Sundance (winning the Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance) and recently screened as an official selection in the Berlinale Special. The film's planned summer release will coincide with the film's subject making his first trip outside of China since his detainment. Read more below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:19 PM
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Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG 'Day of the Dead' with Reel FX; A 'Romeo and Juliet' Tale Set in Mexico

Guillermo del Toro has signed on to produce and present Reel FX's "Day of the Dead," a CG-animated film to be directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Gutierrez, whose credits include "El Tigre" and "The Adventures of Manny Rivera," is writing the script with Doug Langdale. The "Romeo and Juliet" romance is set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop. Music will play a large part in the film; A-list recording artists may be reworking iconic songs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:10 PM
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