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    YouTube Strikes Movie-Rental Deal with Paramount, Acquires 500 New VOD Titles

    Clearly, Viacom's 2011 $1-billion lawsuit against YouTube is water under the bridge. Now Google Inc.'s YouTube has struck a movie-rental deal with Viacom's Paramount, adding 500 new titles to its expanding online library. YouTube's rental library now has more than 9,000 titles, which range from rece...

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  • The Playlist
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    As Helmer Gary Ross Plays Hardball With Salary, Could 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' End Up With A New Director?

    "The Hunger Games" is that rarest of things in the movie industry: an unqualified smash hit. In a world where tentpoles cost upwards of $200 million, Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular young-adult novel cost far less, but is doing the same kind of numbers: after the...

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    Indie Box Office Quarterly: The Winners and Losers So Far In 2012

    Thanks to the likes of "The Hunger Games," "The Lorax" and "The Vow" (women and children first!), Hollywood is enjoying a considerable 23% year-to-year boost so far in 2012, and the second best first quarter ever (after 2010, which featured the incredible 1-2 punch that...

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    SnagFilms Presents The VOD Premiere Of Alrick Brown's "Kinyarwanda"

    Announced in January, SnagFilms (parent company of indieWIRE) acquired exclusive digital rights to Alrick Brown's Rwandan genocide drama Kinyarwanda, AFFRM's sophomore theatical release (how many of you actually saw it?).

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Nanni Moretti Talks 'We Have A Pope,' Berlusconi Film, And Italian Cinema

    With a career spanning almost four decades, it's about time we put the "Nanni Moretti is the Italian Woody Allen" descriptor to rest. Though ultimately a flattering praise, it doesn't exactly paint an accurate picture. Generally composing movies with a perfect blend of comedic and dramatic elements,...

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    In the Oscar-Nominated 'God is the Bigger Elvis,' a Starlet Trades In Her Fame for a Habit

    Dolores Hart was an actress whose career was on the rise and who was engaged to marry an adoring fiance when she chose to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut and begin an existence as a Benedictine nun. Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (of 2009's "Which Way Home"), th...

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    The Six Things You Must Know to Make it in the Film Industry

    As a coordinator and production supervisor in television and film and now as the Chair of the Film Division of Chapman University, Barbara Freedman Doyle is an expert at the mistakes people just entering the film industry make. Here, in an excerpt from her new book Make Your Movie: What You Need to ...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Lena Dunham in Conversation with Nora Ephron

    I am very impressed with Lena Dunham.  Have been since I saw Tiny Furniture.  As the launch of her HBO show Girls approaches on the 15th of April (which I will write about next week), Lena is curating a program at BAM this week Hey, Girlfriend a program of 8 films about female relationship...

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    The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012

    If there’s one thing that New Directors/New Films had trouble doing this year, it was generating a consensus. Out of the films that screened as part of this year’s festival, 12 received both A's and F's from critics who attended screenings at the MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center series, which con...

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    Watch: First Trailers For Ricky Gervais' New Show 'Derek'

    These may just be the opinions of this particular writer, but is Ricky Gervais slowly losing his touch? His third stint as a presenter at the Golden Globes was tepid in comparison to the previous two, his recent sitcom “Life’s Too Short” was extremely weak in comparison to “Extras” and “The Office,”...

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