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    Daniel Battsek Lands at Cohen Media Group

    Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen...

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    Maysles Cinema Celebrates Al Maysles' 86th Birthday with Friends, Food and the Timeless Tunes of the Stones

    Clad in a suit, spectacles and a smile wide as can be, legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens," "Salesman") celebrated a landmark 86th birthday at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem Friday, Dec. 7. After a short reception, during which his daughter tended bar to ...

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    Guide On How To Tell The Dwarves Apart In 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Plus Final Video Blog & New Clip

    Likely to dominate over the next weeks (though we wonder, with the rather underwhelming reception, if it will be even close to the behemoth the 'LOTR' movies were), "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived in theaters. It has been a long...journey...with studio delays and other woes k...

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    Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

    The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for th...

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    I'd Ruin Bieber: New Trailer For Promising Brit Rom-Com 'I Give It A Year' Starring Rose Byrne & Rafe Spall

    After digesting a meal this month of Very Important Movies, you might be in the mood for something of a palate cleanser, and at least for folks overseas anyway, a very promising and potentially charming rom-com is on the way.

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Grants Over $200,000 to 25 Women-Directed Docs

    Chicken & Egg Pictures, the film foundation for women filmmakers has announced the grant recipients for its current cycle, with $220,000 going to twenty-five documentary projects. Three of the films, "After Tiller," "The Square" and "Valentine Road," will join forme...

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    Amma Asante's 'Belle' Is 1st British Feature To Be Shot In True-4K, Using Sony's F65 camera

    This will probably appeal most to all you cinematographers and filmmakers, and those who just love to talk filmmaking technicals.

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    Projects From Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia Win Funding Awards At Dubai Film Connection

    Tunisian drama A Full Moon Night is one winner of the top three $25,000 prizes announced at the close of the Dubai International Film Festivals' co-production market, Dubai Film Connection (DFC) - one of the most productive industry initiatives at DIFF since it was launched in 2007, aiming ...

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    David O. Russell Talks Returning To ‘Old St. Louis’ With Vince Vaughn & Almost Making ‘Uncharted’ & ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’

    In the last seven years, if you tracked every project filmmaker David O. Russell was linked to, you’d likely find over a dozen films that he was seemingly intended to direct. Even in the two years since “The Fighter,” Russell’s been ostensibly attached to myriad projects -- “Mission” with Brad Pitt,...

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    New Images From Pixar's 'Monsters University,' Disney's 'Frozen' & Posters For Studio Ghibli's Next Two Movies

    2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for animated features, with three original animated films from DreamWorks Animation: the hotly anticipated sequels to the wonderful "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and slightly-less-wonderful "Despicable Me," and a new film from "Ice Age" mastermind Chr...

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