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    Phase 4 Acquires Sundance Dramedy 'Milkshake' (Al Jolson Descendant Strives To Be Black)

    The second Sundance Film Festival pick-up for Phase 4 Films that we've announced.

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    Lucasfilm Kills 'Star Wars' Prequel 3D Re-Releases To Focus On 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

    We have to tip our hat to this decision, because financially, it finds the studio walking away from easy money. As you might recall, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was re-released just over a year ago, the first in a planned series of rejiggered "Star Wars" re-releas...

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    Paul Giamatti To Play The Rhino In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'; Felicity Jones Also Lining Up A Role

    Of all the different kinds of movies Paul Giamatti has done in his career -- from charming low-key indies to prestige projects to period set TV miniseries -- he's never really had a foot in the summer tentpole/franchise game. But it looks like a major summer movie for 2014 will find him making l...

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    Sony Movie Channel Honors Black History Month with Tuesday Night Double-Features Showcasing Poitier, Freeman, Washington and Pryor

    In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get th...

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    Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Find Book To Adapt For Next WWII Project For HBO

    Down at HBO, World War II is in the cards. OK, figuratively. But the Big Bertha of premium cable has taken to the mic to confirm details of another release which has the makings of a new box-set staple and a veritable howitzer to the already-frayed morale of rival networks.

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    Will My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube's Biggest Comedy Network?

    The viewcounts don't lie. Online video overwhelming means comedy, and as the market grows, comedians and indie TV creators are getting more buyers for their shows and videos. In this environment, can My Damn Channel become the biggest comedy network on YouTube?

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    Jude Law Says New Wes Anderson Film Takes Place In Two Eras; Updates On 'Sherlock 3' & Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert'

    Jude Law is on a bit of a hot streak right now. After his transformed turn as Keira Knightley's cuckolded husband Karenin in Joe Wright's sublime "Anna Karenina," he's now taking on the lead role as a psyschiatrist caught in a mystery in Stephen Soderbergh's "Side Effects," opening on February 8th. ...

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    Weekend Recap: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Update, New Trailers, Original 'X-Men' Returns, Ebert Oscar & Sundance Guides

    - As we've already predicted, the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" will likely premiere at Cannes, according to this NYTimes update. As we reported when we leaked the trailer, the movie will screen at the Sony lot for assorted music industry folks as well as potential buyers right befo...

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    Jill Soloway and Lake Bell Take Home Major Awards at 2013 Sundance Feature Film Awards

    Sundance wrapped up over the weekend and announced their 2013 Film Awards. Women filmmakers took away some of the bigger prizes of the festival including Jill Soloway winning the directing award for Afternoon Delight and Lake Bell winning The Waldo Salt screenwriting award for In a World…. Ov...

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    Paladin and 108 Media Take the World on Sundance 2012 Drama 'Valley of Saints'

    108 Media and Paladin have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Musa Syeed's “Valley of Saints,” which screened in the world cinema dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The companies plan a North American release this summer, with foreign rights being sold at the ...

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