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Sundance Award Winners: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'The Surrogate,' 'House I Live In,' 'Invisible War'

It couldn't have gone any other way. The standout film of Sundance 2012, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," took home the Sundance grand jury prize, along with a cinematography award for Ben Richardson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2012 11:43 PM
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Sundance Watch: HBO Doc Films Buys Me @The Zoo

HBO Documentary Films has bought U.S. broadcast rights to Sundance U.S. Competition documentary "Me @the Zoo. Rookie drectors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch explore the phenomenon of internet celebrity, focusing on Chris Crocker, the infamous vlogger of “Leave Britney Alone” fame. "Me @the Zoo" looks at video sharing and social media storytelling; "Me at the Zoo" (pictured and below) was the first-ever video loaded on YouTube, in 2005.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:34 PM
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Sycamore Takes US Rights to Schepisi's 'Eye of the Storm' with Rush, Rampling and Davis

Fred Schepisi's Australian "The Eye of The Storm" has been acquired by Sycamore Entertainment for US distribution. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis, the film is based on Patrick White's 1973 Nobel Prize-winning novel, adapted by Judy Morris.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 4:32 PM
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Cinema Guild Launches SPARK for Docs; Releasing 'Everyday Sushine' and 'Five Elephants'

The Cinema Guild announces the launch of SPARK, its new documentary home video and digital releasing label. SPARK will cover art topics in film, music, photography, painting, literature, architecture, dance, etc. "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "The Woman with the Five Elephants" are SPARK's first titles and will be available February 21. The Guild's Ryan Krivoshey says: “There’s a great demand for docs that tell compelling, inspiring stories about creativity and ingenuity and people who’ve enriched our lives and culture. With SPARK, we’re going to find the best of these films and make them accessible to people wherever they want to watch them – home video, web, mobile, etc.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 3:57 PM
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Ricky Strauss Takes Disney Marketing Presidency UPDATED

One of the topics of discussion at the Critics Choice Awards last night was who would get the open Disney marketing job. Having given the post to movie business outsider M.T. Carney 19 months ago--which rarely works, unless it's television--Disney Studio chairman Rich Ross was expected to go inside this time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:23 PM
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Weekend Preview: Swinton, Belafonte, Wahlberg and Streep

Meryl Streep may be a major contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination and win (as per usual), but reviews for her film "The Iron Lady" (expanding its run this weekend) are less than upbeat. While Streep's performance is called "virtuouso," the Margaret Thatcher biopic from Phyllida Lloyd is also being called a failure.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 5:14 PM
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Trailer Watch: Feast Your Eyes on Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Wes Anderson, we've missed you. It's been a few years since his last live-action feature ("The Darjeeling Limited" in 2007), so it is with much pleasure that his fans will watch the new trailer for "Moonrise Kingdom." There's a lot of storybook, painterly charm going on in the très Andersonian trailer. Check it out:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 5:08 PM
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DGA Announces Outstanding Documentary Director Nominees

The Directors Guild announces nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. DGA President Taylor Hackford says this year's doc nominees "take audiences on a journey..."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 1:57 PM
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Film Independent Names McManus and Welsh Co-Presidents to Replace Embattled Academy Chair Dawn Hudson

Film Independent has appointed Sean McManus and Josh Welsh to the newly created positions of co-presidents. McManus, formerly a Senior Director, and Welsh, formerly Director of Artist Development, succeed former exec director Dawn Hudson. Hudson left her post at FIND last June
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:08 PM
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Paramount and Cameron Team with Cirque du Soleil for 'Worlds Away'

Paramount and Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to release the "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away" in 3D. James Cameron exec produced; "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson wrote and directed. Cirque's Jacques Méthé says; “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:00 PM
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