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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes with Alex Gibney at His Jigsaw Productions

It’s not just productivity but prescient subject matter that marks Alex Gibney’s work as a director. His Lance Armstrong portrait “The Armstrong Lie” opens Friday; “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” was released in July. Last year, Gibney directed “Park Avenue: Money Power & the American Dream,” which created a stink when it was revealed that WNET offered to preview the film for one of its subjects – billionaire right-wing puppetmaster David Koch.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 6, 2013 2:13 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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Another Possible Oscar Contender Falls Out of 2013 Lineup (TEASER)

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that the release of Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" will be pushed back to 2014. In a statement, Sony Pictures Classics "supports the decision of the filmmakers to allow for more time to finish the film."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 10:28 PM
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Dwight Caines Moves Into Sony's Top Marketing Spot

More and more, executives who know the digital universe are moving up the studio ranks. See Kevin Tsujihara at Warners and Amy Powell at Paramount, and now Dwight Caines at Sony. He replaces respected outgoing marketing president Marc Weinstock, who was himself a rising star when he moved to the studio marketing department after boosting many hits at Sony subsidiary Screen Gems. Did the studio's movies really disappoint because of lackluster marketing? I don't think so. But when a studio management team is under fire for a weak slate, they often blame the marketing chief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2013 1:11 PM
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India Snubs Fest Hit 'The Lunchbox,' Submits 'The Good Road' for Oscar

I was rooting for India to submit Ritesh Batra’s Sony Pictures Classics pick-up "The Lunchbox," a warm Mumbai romance starring Irrfan Khan that cut a swath on the festival circuit from Cannes to Telluride and Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2013 3:08 PM
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Sony Concert Doc 'One Direction' Boosts Labor Day Weekend Box Office, 'Closed Circuit' Flops

Forget the September doldrums. Sony's Brit boy band 3-D concert film "One Direction" was a solid number one. And major support came from four strong holdovers: "The Butler," "We're the Millers," "Planes" and "Elysium." All told, the three days will come in with about $84 million for the top 10, up $5 million from last year, and enough to increase the tiny year-to-date lead over 2012 that has taken eight months to achieve.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 1, 2013 1:51 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Books Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' for Holidays

Word was that Sony Pictures Classics was releasing "Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller's follow-up to Sony/Columbia's Best Picture nominee "Moneyball," and so it turns out to be. SPC will open the film for Oscar consideration on December 20. Sony's Columbia Pictures co-financed the film with Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison ("Zero Dark Thirty"), who produced the film with Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Tom Rothman To Revive TriStar Label

At a time when they have been under some pressure after a string of summer losers, Sony CEO Michael Lynton and SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal are creating a joint venture with Rothman--that means he's putting some of his own skin in the game--and giving him the TriStar Productions label. Rothman will develop, finance and produce motion pictures and television programming for worldwide distribution through Sony Pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 5:01 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Another Middle Eastern Film and Foreign Oscar Submission

In advance of its New York Film Festival screening next week, Israel's Oscar entry "Fill the Void," has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Israel sends its Ophir Best Picture winner to the Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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Fest Buyer Sony Pictures Classics Heads to the Middle East (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Classics has always leaned heavily on foreign acquisitions in advance of the awards season. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are often betting on the likely submissions for the best foreign film entry, and can be counted upon to wind up with more than one in the final five. At the same time they can't handle too many movies at once, so they must pick well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2012 5:02 PM
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