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    Stalingrad

    Stalingrad was Russia’s hope for the Academy Award Nomination this year but did not make it to the shortlist. It is still worth mentioning here because it is Russia's first IMAX 3D feature and will be released here in the U.S. by Sony this February. Its grand scale is epic and indeed it is intended ...

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    Sony's Amy Pascal Adds Michael De Luca as Production President

    While Sony motion picture chief Amy Pascal is hanging onto her current staffers for now, Michael De Luca is a heavyweight who will have a strong hand as president of production. We'll see where Columbia president Doug Belgrad and current Columbia production president Hannah Minghella--who can't be t...

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    Dwight Caines Moves Into Sony's Top Marketing Spot

    More and more, executives who know the digital universe are moving up the studio ranks. See Kevin Tsujihara at Warners and Amy Powell at Paramount, and now Dwight Caines at Sony. He replaces respected outgoing marketing president Marc Weinstock, who was himself a rising star when he moved to the stu...

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    In the Works: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Follow Up 'This Is the End' Hit with Animated 'Sausage Party'

    Sony and Megan Ellison's Annapurna are partnering on a presumably R-rated comedy from co-writers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (who together wrote and directed this summer's sleeper apocalyptic raunchfest "This Is the End"), Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. This decidedly not-for-kids animated film will b...

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    Neill Blomkamp's Next Project, A.I. Robot Film 'Chappie,' To Be Produced by Sony

    Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will be co-producing Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," the director's follow-up to this past weekend's "Elysium." The script, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, centers on an Artificial Intelligence robot, named Chappie, stolen by a duo of gangsters who plan to use...

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    Tom Rothman To Revive TriStar Label

    At a time when they have been under some pressure after a string of summer losers, Sony CEO Michael Lynton and SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal are creating a joint venture with Rothman--that means he's putting some of his own skin in the game--and giving him the TriStar Productions label. Rothman will de...

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    Neill Blomkamp Says There Were Too Many Cooks In The 'Halo' Kitchen, Talks Sequels & Franchises

    Sony Pictures are finally on the promotional path for "Elysium," the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi film, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind "District 9." Like his Peter Jackson-produced debut, which was set in a post-apocalyptic future in Johannesburg, dealing with issues like...

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    VFX Winner Rhythm & Hues Files for Bankruptcy, Underscores Sector's Economic Woes

    The fragile economics of the visual effects industry was front and center at last week's Visual Effects Society awards. And even the well-respected company, Rhythm & Hues, that spearheaded and supervised the extraordinary visual effects in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" --which won best live action feature ...

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    Sony Boasts Biggest Year Ever in 2012

    2012 was Sony Pictures Entertainment's biggest year ever. The studio's films generated $4.440 billion worldwide. The studio hit all time highs with $1.768 billion in domestic ticket sales and $2.672 billion internationally. The studio ended the year as the top-ranked studio in both domestic and worl...

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    "The Future of Film" Emerging Industry Strategy from a Variety of Monetization Experts

    I had a chance to attend the "Future of Film Summit" in Beverly Hills produced by Variety and DigitalMediaWire. The ambitious one-day event focused on "the current state of the industry, and how film and transmedia deals will be struck in the coming years."

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