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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Amazon Studios Options First Novel, Self-Published Southern Gothic 'SEED'

    Amazon's original content branch Amazon Studios has optioned the rights for author Ania Ahlborn's "SEED," a self-published Southern Gothic horror novel centering on a man whose malignant supernatural past catches up with him following a car accident. This is the first novel option for the studio, which has heretofore optioned only movie scripts and episodic series.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    MPAA Head Chris Dodd's Anti-Piracy Plea: Hollywood and Online Tech "not adversaries, we're partners"

    CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."

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    Focus Features' 5th Annual Africa First Winners

    Five filmmakers have been selected for Focus Features' fifth annual Africa First Program, an initiative developed exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10K for their prospective short film projects. Full list of award recipients and films below.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Hotel Transylvania' Director Genndy Tartakovsky On Making The Hit Movie, His Take On The 'Dark Crystal' Sequel & More

    Over the weekend, the animated monster mash "Hotel Transylvania" scared away September box office records and established its director, Genndy Tartakovsky, previously known for his work on the small screen with series like "Dexter's Laboratory" and the highly influential "Samurai Jack," as a major force in feature animation. We talked to the director about how he was able to crack the notoriously difficult story, what happened with projects that involved everyone from J.J. Abrams to Jim Henson's company to George Lucas, and what his approach to a 3D feature animation-based "Popeye" will be.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Reunite For Christmas Album!!?!

    If you buy just ONE Christmas album this year, it best be John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's desperate attempt at relevance reunion album "This Christmas." Because if you don't, you'll miss out on what is surely the gayest rendition of "I'll Be Home a Christmas" ever sung: The one on this album that features Travolta, Newton-John and none other than Babs Streisand.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Roger Ross Williams' 'Traveling While Black' At New Frontier Story Labs + 'God Loves Uganda' On PBS In 2013

    Roger Ross Williams may not be a household name (yet), but the man has 2 projects in the works currently, that have attraced the kind of in-development attention that I think many would embrace fully.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gael Garcia Bernal In, Hilary Swank Out For 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Starring Matthew McConaughey

    To get interesting stories made in today's climate, yes you need financing and all the necessary little wheels in motion, but sometimes you just need someone to take an interest and push things forward. And that's just what Matthew McConaughey has done with "The Dallas Buyer's Club." While he's been attached to the film since the spring of 2011, earlier this year he put aside a potential role in Lee Daniels' "The Butler" to really focus on the movie and get it rolling. And now it looks like the fall start date is fast approaching, with casting beginning to gear up, even as one actor drops out.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Wish You Were Here' Director Kieran Darcy-Smith Goes 'By Way Of Helena'

    What do you get when you pair the director of a buzzed-about Sundance hit with a Black List script? You get cautiously optimistic about the prospect of an indie hit, that’s what. Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith brought his debut feature “Wish You Were Here” to Sundance earlier this year, and the Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer-starring drama was met by pretty decent reviews. Now he’s lining up his next feature.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Washington's Disconcerted Gaze Dominates The Poster For 'Flight'

    Denzel Washington's Disconcerted Gaze Dominates The Poster For 'Flight'

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  • The Playlist
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    'Frankenweenie' Writer John August Talks Working With Tim Burton, Apps & The 'Big Fish' Musical

    John August is a screenwriter who has one of those careers every maître d' who has hidden a script under a stack of menus envies. His first script, the straight-outta-film-school "Go" was jazzily directed by "Swingers" helmer Doug Liman, and less than a half-decade later, August started a lengthy creative partnership with director Tim Burton. Just this year, August provided the original story for Burton's gonzo "Dark Shadows" update (his draft -- which he calls one of the best things he's ever penned -- was heavily rewritten by current Burton favorite Seth Grahame-Smith) and this week he has "Frankenweenie," a stop-motion animated feature based on one of Burton's very first projects – a live-action 1984 short. We talked to August about his relationship with Tim Burton, whether he plans on writing and directing again anytime soon, and his work on the "Big Fish" musical.

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