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    How Sundance's New Frontier Section Confronts Age-Old Ideas and New Questions

    Now in its eighth year, New Frontier is the Sundance Film Festival's series highlighting innovation and experimentation in modern storytelling.

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    Weinsteins Go New Media with 'August: Osage County' as Streep Limits Press Access, Pursue Awards Influencers in New Way (STREEP TALKS VIDEO)

    What does the mighty New York Times do when there's no Meryl Streep interview? They do a write-around. Streep was a no-show at the "August: Osage County" unveiling and press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, allowing others to speak for her. (Early press reaction was mixed.) Instead she did t...

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    Anita Busch Joins Deadline as Film Editor

    In the wake of Nikki Finke's departure from the Hollywood news site she founded, Deadline, trade veteran Anita Busch is returning to the fray as the site's film editor.

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    Media Make Moves: NYT Loses Stelter to CNN, Adds Hoberman, Deadline Adapts to Finke's Departure

    There's lots of movement in the media ranks. And the trend of star brands leaving their established digs to become bigger stars for someone else continues apace. The New York Times has lost another media star. Following the departure of online-brands Nate Silver to ESPN and tech columnist David Pogu...

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    It's Official: Jay Penske Finally Fires Nikki Finke, But Is She Free to Go Solo in January?

    There was no containing Nikki Finke. The Deadline founder finally got her way. Following her last destructive media salvo--memorably describing her four years under media mogul Jay Penske as "slavery"--her boss fired her. She's free. Bring on NikkiFinke.com. But does Finke have a non-compete?

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    Trade Wars Update: Who's Yelling Now?

    So the question remains, how much does Jay Penske need Nikki Finke to keep the Deadline coffers flowing? And why are Finke and Claudia Eller--both prodigious yellers who often bully their sources into submission to get the scoops they want--yelling at each other?

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    Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor Owen Phillips Is Gone

    Nothing lasts forever, and toiling for Janice Min at The Hollywood Reporter takes its toll. Word has been circulating for weeks that Owen Phillips, executive editor for The Hollywood Reporter, was on his way out after more than two years. That shoe has dropped. Phillips leaves Friday. (Min's staff m...

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    'Now You See Me' Star Jesse Eisenberg vs. Romina Puga: "You are the Carrot Top of interviewers" (VIDEO)

    Jesse Eisenberg joins the long list of movie stars who snap under the tedium of back-to-back junket interviews. For whatever reason (if it worked for Mila Kunis?), he decides to give Romina Puga a hard time; the interview is edited, so we don't know what other stuff she left out. But fair to say thi...

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    Deadline: Where There's Smoke There's Fire UPDATED "He knows I'm a bitch, that's why he bought me"

    There are some wisps of truth in Sharon Waxman's breathless Sunday announcement that Jay Penske has fired Nikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood. But Deadline owner Jay Penske told Waxman that her report was full of errors. Deadline's Mike Fleming wrote a defense of Finke and posted a legal response. M...

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    Ford Foundation Adds Sundance's Mertes as JustFilms Director, Funding Social Issue Docs

    One of the key posts in the documentary world has been taken by Cara Mertes, who was director of the Sundance Institute's documentary film program. She'll now be director of the Ford Foundation's social justice filmmaking program JustFilms, which was founded by departing Orlando Bagwell and is under...

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