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    Sundance 2012 Winner 'Valley of Saints' Goes to 108 Media / Paladin for Worldwide Rights

    108 Media/Paladin has picked up worldwide rights to "Valley of Saints," winner of Sundance 2012's Audience Award and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. The film, directed by Musa Syeed, played over fifty major festivals around the world and is now nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for ...

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    Norah Jones To Perform Nominated Song From 'Ted' At Oscars, Tribute To Movie Musicals Planned

    After dropping the ball musically at last year’s ceremony – how the hell do you nominate "The Muppets" and then not let them perform their song? – it looks like this year’s Oscar ceremony isn’t going to ignore the Best Original Song category. In fact, far from...

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    Leftwing Doc-Makers No Longer Easy On Obama

    Are progressive documentary filmmakers finished with giving Barack Obama a free pass?

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    First Look At Sylvain White's Macabre Thriller 'Mark Of The Angels - Miserere' + Other Updates

    It's been awhile since we last posted anything about Sylvain White; he's one of those few black directors who's been able to navigate the studio system, although, like most of his contemporaries, while his name has been attached to a few projects, not consistently enough.

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    Scandinavian Directors Form Creative Alliance for Six English-Language Films; Thomas Vinterberg and Lone Scherfig On Board

    Six Scandinavian directors, including Lone Scherfig ("An Education") and Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), have joined forces to form the co-op Creative Alliance. The alliance will serve as a development company for each director to make a film in English for the international marketplace.

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    Warner Bros. Chooses Studio Chief from Digital Ranks: Meet the New Boss, Tsujihara

    Hollywood's biggest film and television studio, Warner Bros., has a tradition of hanging onto its chairmen for a long time. For two decades after Ted Ashley left the studio in 1980, Terry Semel and Bob Daly ran the TV and move divisions. TV exec Barry Meyer took over as studio chairman in 1999, with...

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    Participant Media Acquires '99%--The Occupy Wall St. Collaborative Film' for Theatrical and TV

    Participant Media has acquired North American rights to the documentary “99%--The Occupy Wall St. Collaborative Film,” which had its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival last week. The company plans a theatrical release followed by a broadcast premiere on the new T...

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    Steven Soderbergh To Direct Scott Z. Burns-Penned Play In The Fall; 'Kafka' To Get Major Overhaul For DVD Release

    While he didn't say it as succinctly in our interview with him this weekend, though director Steven Soderbergh is retiring from filmmaking for the time being, that doesn't mean he's retiring, period. The filmmaker told The Playlist while his second-to-last movie, "Side Effects," is due in theaters n...

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    First-Look At Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom In S. African Crime Drama 'Zulu' + Berlinale Preview Set

    Currently in post-production, here's your first official look at Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom (photo above and photo below) in the Cape Town, South Africa-set crime drama Zulu, which is based on French author Caryl Férey’s ...

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    Noemie Lvosky Receives 13 Nominations for France's Cesar Awards

    The nominations for France’s César Awards were announced and women, specifically one in general, are dominant. Noémie Lvovsky received 13 nominations for her film, Camille Redouble, outdoing Michael Haneke’s Amour, which has been an awards circuit darling. Lvovsky’s ...

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