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    Specialty Box Office: 'Birdman' Best Opener Since 'Grand Budapest,' 'Dear White People' Shows Broad Interest

    Two of the strongest new specialized releases of the season opened this weekend. Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" had the second-best limited opening of the year. "Dear White People," one of seven Sundance 2014 films to open this week, also impressed in its somewhat wider platform debut. As nothing...

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    'St. Vincent' and 'Whiplash' Score Decent Debuts, Focus Dumps 'Kill the Messenger'

    Two highly anticipated specialized films-- Weinstein Co. comedy "St. Vincent" starring Bill Murray and Sony Pictures Classics' "Whiplash"-- opened to similar good results. Neither delivered blockbuster numbers --they're on the same order as "The Skeleton Twins" last month.

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    Ted Hope Q & A on Indie Memoir 'Hope for Film' & Much More

    Ted Hope has led the exemplary indie producer's life: from Good Machine through Ang Lee and Nicole Holofcener and Michel Gondry to his experience at the San Francisco Film Society and Fandor, he has a sharp picture of the evolving film industry, which he shares in his new memoir "Hope for Film." We ...

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    A Call for Transparency: Filmmakers Need (and Deserve) to Know Their Audience

    If we want to continue to have a thriving independent moving picture business we have to figure out how to build smart businesses that are also great films.

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    'Inner Demons': Anatomy of a New Indie Paradigm, Watch Scary Clips

    Watch two new clips from IFC Midnight's supernatural chiller 'Inner Demons,' now in select theaters and on VOD, produced by indie Robin Schorr, who realized that she could greenlight a microbudget movie after a short gestation period out of her development fund. "What was so thrilling about making y...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Good Lie,' 'Men, Women & Children' Open Soft

    This weekend despite Yom Kippur and competition from hot-button "Gone Girl," several new films opened well. But not fairly wide release "The Good Lie," which was well-reviewed and played well to those who showed up, or limited multiple "Men, Women and Children," which did neither.

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    Fall Specialty Box Office Takes Off with Docs '20,000 Days,' 'Pump' and 'Art and Craft'

    The fall rush of new films began in earnest this weekend. But the initial results will give the specialized industry players pause. The more anticipated potential crossover films, including "The Guest," "Hector and the Search for Happiness," "Tusk," "Tracks" and "Keep On Keepin' On" did not open str...

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    'Skeleton Twins' Scores Best Limited Opening since 'Boyhood'

    The fall season began in earnest this weekend as several top festival films opened well. Fox Searchlight's tough guy thriller "The Drop," starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, landed in sixth place in the Top Ten, opening in over 800 theaters for an excellent gross of $4.2 million. The clear stan...

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    Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

    "The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original docu...

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    Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

    In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as t...

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