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Deutchman Takes Over as Chair of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program

Ira Deutchman, ever since his early days as an indie film distributor, always gave good quote. He went on to do many things, including co-founding Emerging Pictures, but for 24 years he was a popular professor of professional practice at Columbia University's School of the Arts. That's one of the reasons he was so smart about things--he always had an overview. Now Dean Carol Becker is appointing Deutchman as the new chair of Columbia’s Film Program. Deutchman will succeed Jamal Joseph, who has stepped down as chair after five years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2011 8:22 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest

Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest
The big reveal at Sony's Friday The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con was the villain of Marc Webb's superhero reboot, The Lizard, played by gifted Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who is pixellated when in giant Lizard mode. In Hall H the studio screened a clip of Lizard terrorizing two school girls in a school lavatory, breaking up through a toilet. (The LAT made a fuss about Ifans here).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2011 6:30 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan's Science on Screen Picks Eight Cinemas

To implement their collaborative Science on Screen programs, The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas throughout the US to each receive $7,000 in grant funding. (The eight theaters that will host the programs are listed below.) Each has a strong reputation for contributing to their cultural community. Applicants were asked to pitch program concepts and detail strategies for recruiting speakers and building audiences, and the recipients will each host a minimum of three events during the June 2011-June 2012 period.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 7:42 AM
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Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants

The Sundance Institute announces the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, to be held July 18-24 in Sundance, Utah. The nine projects (five features, four documentaries) chosen for 2011 labs will receive grants and ongoing support for a year, and will be joined by indie film leaders immediately following the lab for the Summit. Sundance's Keri Putnam says the "Creative Producing initiatives are a unique combination of intensive focus on the producers’ individual projects and larger discussions with industry leaders about the state of the independent film community and where it’s headed,..[and] an opportunity for producers to explore and develop their projects in a forward-thinking, supportive community." Below are details on each of the chosen projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 8:13 AM
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Sundance Doc Knuckle Gets North American Release

Ian Palmer's documentary Knuckle, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media for North American distribution. ContentFilm previously acquired international rights to the film, while Revolver Entertainment has UK (August 5) and Ireland, and BBC has UK TV rights. Focusing on two brothers, the film chronicles the violent feud between two rival families in the traditional nomadic Irish Traveller community. Palmer immersed himself in the community for twelve years to gain insight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:55 AM
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Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo's Original Movie Posters

Austin exhibitor Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo is teaming with the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library to archive their collection of original film posters created by graphic artists, which they've been producing since 2003.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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Dardennes' Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike (from Belgium) has won several awards in Italy. The filmmakers will be presented with the Fiesole Award to Film Masters (Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema) on July 8, the Flaiano International film Prize (Premio internazionale Flaiano del cinéma) on July 10 in Pescara, and in September the Robert Bresson Award in Venice. The film is currently playing in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland. There is currently no US release date, though it was picked up by Sundance Selects out of Cannes, where the Dardennes won yet another prize, the Grand Prix.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2011 4:33 AM
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Winklevoss Twins Can't Stop

As THR film editor Gregg Kilday tweets: "Somebody should give them a copy of Bleak House." The Winklevoss twins, who earlier this week appeared to have given up their Quixotic quest to wrest justice from The Social Network subject Mark Zuckerberg, have not yet cut their losses. As they have failed to improve on their 2008 Facebook cash and stock settlement, now worth more than $100 million, they're just abandoning one approach to pursue another.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2011 5:02 AM
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Ebert's Tweet Was Right: Crashed Jackass Star's Blood Level More Than Twice Legal Limit

Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me. The pushback was immediate, and a hot topic was born.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 9:23 AM
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Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection

Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair Lady Ascot Race dress for Audrey Hepburn. They made their actresses smaller then.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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