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New MGM Chairmen Birnbaum and Barber Will Turn On Green Light by Mid-December. Whither Bond?

Now that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved MGM's reorganization plan, by mid-December, if all goes smoothly, the lean and mean MGM will have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, MGM's secured lenders will exchange some $5 billion (which includes accrued interest and fees) for most of the equity in MGM, JPMorgan Chase will have raised $500 million for operations funding, and Spyglass partners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum will take over the studio as co-chairman and chief executive officers of MGM Inc. That means they can start greenlighting movies and TV shows.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2010 6:04 AM
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Suspect in Ronni Chasen Slaying Shoots Self

Suspect in Ronni Chasen Slaying Shoots Self
The LA Times is reporting that around 6 PM Wednesday, as Beverly Hills police were serving a search warrant at the Harvey Apartments on a man suspected to be connected to the slaying of publicist Ronni Chasen, the man shot himself. The identity of the man and the nature of his connection to Chasen were not reported. UPDATE: The Wrap uncovers more details.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2010 4:22 AM
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Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14
The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 24, 2010 6:21 AM
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LACMA Premieres John Woo's Complete Red Cliff

Finally. LACMA concludes its Hard Boiled Hong Kong series with the Los Angeles premiere of John Woo's full-length third-century wuxia epic Red Cliff in all its glory. The five-hour version has everything--costumes, history, drama, battles, horses, burning armadas, romance--and an ensemble of gorgeous movie stars led by Tony Leung. At $80 million, it's the most expensive movie ever made in China, and it nearly did in Woo and producer Terence Chang. Magnolia released a shortened two-and-a -half hour version in theaters stateside which did not fare as well as the full-length version did around the world. See the whole thing if you can.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 11:10 AM
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Ronni Chasen Memorial: Friends Mourn Murdered Publicist

Ronni Chasen Memorial: Friends Mourn Murdered Publicist
Talk about an Influencer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 1:11 AM
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Tom Christie Ends 15 Year Stint at LA Weekly

It's hard to imagine the LA Weekly without Arts Editor Tom Christie. When I first met him in the mid-80s his hair was still black and he was working for California Magazine editor Harold Hayes (Esquire) at what eventually morphed into Los Angeles Magazine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2010 12:34 AM
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Spielberg Casts Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Steven Spielberg has found his Lincoln. Ultra-picky Daniel Day-Lewis, 53, with two Oscars behind him, seems picture-perfect for the role of the iconic 16th president of the United States, who lead the country through the bloody Civil War. Liam Neeson was in line for the role at one point, but dropped out of the running, citing his age, 58 (Lincoln was 56 when he was assassinated). Said Spielberg:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2010 6:54 AM
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Fox Signs Black Swan's Aronofsky to Overall Deal

Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment wants to be in business with Darren Aronofsky, whose heat has skyrocketed after Fox Searchlight's back-to-back Oscar contenders, The Wrestler and Black Swan, which follows up a successful fall film fest circuit with a December 3 opening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 9:19 AM
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KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Search Winners

Five children will serve as official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for 2010-2011, chosen in the organization's first-ever search. It received eleven million votes via KIDS FIRST! parner site WonderWorldTV.com/kidsfirst. A panel of celebrity judges (Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams; actress Brittany Curran, E! critic Ben Lyons; actress Kay Panabaker, reporter George Pennacchio, and actress Jane Seymour) considered 20 finalists and selected the following five: Ny’Asia Bel (7) from Decatur, GA, Anthony Aranda (8) from San Diego, CA, Lauren Boxer (12) from Los Angeles, CA, Sam Connan (12) from Santa Fe, NM, and Gabriella Chu (14) from Flushing, NY.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2010 9:29 AM
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AFM News: Wall Street Thriller Margin Call, Starring Quinto and Spacey, Sells Multiple Territories

Rookie feature director J.C. Chandor's Wall Street thriller Margin Call, starring an ensemble including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Simon Baker and in the lead as a risk analyst, Zachary Quinto (who also produced), closed multiple deals at the recent American Film Market. Film sales company Myriad showed a new promo of the film, which follows a group of high-flying players at an investment bank during the 24 hours leading up to the 2008 market crash. It is in post-production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 12:03 AM
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