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    CANNES 2012: FilmDistrict Grabs Rights to Horror Flick 'Oculus,' Focus Int'l Selling

    FilmDistrict has acquired the horror feature "Oculus," which director Mike Flanagan will expand from his short film. Flanagan (“Absentia”) wrote the script with Jeff Howard.

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    FilmDistrict Hires Studio-Exec Orr to Run Distribution

    After the departure of indies Bob and Jeanne Berney from FilmDistrict, owner Graham King and CEO Peter Schlessel have been rethinking their distribution operation. Well, now they have added two key execs from the studios, distribution president Jim Orr and ex-DreamWorks marketing head Christine Birc...

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    FilmDistrict Appoints Ex-DreamWorks Exec Christine Birch as Marketing Chief

    After the departure of Bob and Jeanne Berney from FilmDistrict, owner Graham King and CEO Peter Schlessel have been rethinking their distribution operation. Well, now they have added the first of two key execs. Distribution chief is next.

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    James Wan & Leigh Whannell Get Moving On The Inevitable Sequel To Surprise Horror Hit 'Insidious'

    In a time where profitability for even the biggest movies is still a roll of the dice, there's one vein of gold than remains consistently reliable -- low-budget horror. You can make a picture for only a few million dollars, without stars, and even if it doesn't do great business (see somethi...

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    Sundance: FilmDistrict Take Rights To 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' Magnolia Buy 'Compliance,' 'Nobody Walks,' '2 Days In New York'

    Sundance may be over for another year, but as Gordon Gekko mercilessly taught us: money never sleeps. So even though Park City has born witness to their annual mass exodus, there are still some films hanging around waiting to be bought and we have news of six films that have snagged distribution dea...

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    "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is a Surprisingly Effective Debut For Filmmaker Angelina Jolie

    For her feature writing-directing debut, Jolie choose the devastation of the '90s-era Bosnian War. She can afford to put a camera wherever she wants. But does she know what to do with it?

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    Sony Will Distribute 'The 'Evil Dead' Remake, Filming To Kick Off In 2012

    The remake train keeps on rolling, and yes kiddies, Sam Raimi is producing a remake of his own cult classic, "The Evil Dead," and now a powerhouse studio is behind the movie.

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    Idiot Woman Sues Distributor Of 'Drive' Because It Wasn't 'Fast Five'

    We've all had that feeling where we walk out of a movie and realize that we've been sold something quite different from the finished product. It's particularly prevalent with more "difficult"' projects; distributors will play up the sexier, genre-led elements in order to bring in the crowds. It's a ...

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    'Red Dawn' Remake Finds A New Home At FilmDistrict, Poised For 2012 Release

    The road to the "Red Dawn" remake has been long and bumpy, with some dubious do-overs and even some mild insults being thrown around. The film was shot and wrapped way back in 2009, but the financial woes of MGM kept the film on the shelf for a long time as the studio tried to become viable enough to give the picture a release. But as their priorities were squarely on the "The Hobbit" and "James Bond 23" it soon became apparent that "Red Dawn" was going to need to find a new home. While MGM sought a buyer it became clear that the anti-China storyline was going to make it a tough sell because studios/distributors are increasingly relying on Ch...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Lion King' Beats Back 'Moneyball,' Boy Brawler 'Abduction' To Keep #1 Slot

    "Hakuna Matata!" proclaims Disney, discovering what amounts to an entirely new revenue stream. “The Lion King 3D” has taken the crown decisively for the second straight weekend with $22 million, amidst some otherwise heavy fall competition that was a lot buzzier and, without a doubt, more expensive....

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