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    First Universal Tour of Rebuilt New York Street; Spielberg Talks

    On the morning of June 1, 2008, Steven Spielberg was sound asleep when the phone rang with horrible news: "The lot is burning down again." Spielberg jumped out of bed and drove 28 minutes to Universal City, waving his ID at roadblocks until he got to scene of the fire. "It was a wall of flame," he r...

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    Fraker Takes Aim

    By the time he died at 86 on May 31, William A. Fraker had long since been known as an avuncular eminence gris among American cinematographers. An enthusiastic, white-bearded sage, he was a multi-term president of the American Society of Cinematographers, had taught for years at his alma mater, USC,...

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    Must-See Winter's Bone: Granik Digs Deep with Breakout Lawrence

    Indie filmmaker Debra Granik did it once with the 2004 low-budget drama Down to the Bone, which showed what Vera Farmiga could do (she won best actress from the LA Film Critics). This January at Sundance, the director did it again, showcasing Jennifer Lawrence in a star-making role as a smart young ...

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    Microcinema International Gets Six from "Sid and Nancy" Director Alex Cox

    Microcinema International Gets Six from "Sid and Nancy" Director Alex Cox

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    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Stage Show Stumbles to HBO

    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Stage Show Stumbles to HBO

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    On The Obit Watch

    Last week my wife and I took a road trip to the Grand Canyon, which I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t done it. I had one experience, however, that set me apart from most other tourists: during a stop in the midst of a river rafting trip down the Colorado River my wife’s cell phone rang. It was ...

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    I Love You Philip Morris is Blocked, Cameron Calls BP Morons, PR Bypasses Old Media, New Indies Rise

    - Phillip Morris isn't feeling loved. After three changes to its US release date, the romantic comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay lovers is now facing an injunction that could stop its release. THR Esq. reports that producer EuropaCorp and distributor Consolidated are battling over a contracted $3-million advance that was never paid in full, resulting in EuropaCorp's demand for return of marketing materials and a suit against Consolidated for breach of contract and copyright infringement. Although Consolidated claims that it still plans to distribute the film, Judge Dale Fischer says that EuropaCorp is likely to win. Consolid...

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    Cinematheque Francaise's Costa-Gavras and Toubiana Honor Hopper

    The Cinematheque Francaise's Costa-Gavras and Serge Toubiana pay tribute to Dennis Hopper, who was the subject of a recent exhibition at the Cinematheque--which besides its archives and screening program, boasts a must-see cinema museum in Paris. DENNIS HOPPER, 1936-2010 News of Dennis Hopper’s death, at his home in Venice, California, reached us on Saturday, 29 May and deeply saddened us. He was 74. We had the immense good fortune to be his hosts at the Cinémathèque Française in October 2008, for the opening of an exhibition devoted entirely to him: “Dennis Hopper et le Nouvel Hollywood.” Dennis Hopper showed great courtesy to our staff and ...

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    Multicity Media That Matters Tour Kick Off Yesterday in NYC

    Multicity Media That Matters Tour Kick Off Yesterday in NYC

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    Lorber Films Finds "Genius Within"

    U.S. theatrical, DVD, digital, and educational rights for Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont's music doc "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould" have been acquired by Lorber Films. The film will open theatrically in September at New York's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, with DVD and VOD distribution to...

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