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    Academy Gets 6,304 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Entries; Will Award Five

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received 6,304 entries for its Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, from which up to five recipients will be granted $30,000 each in November. In its 25th year, the competition welcomed first time entries from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Uganda and Uruguay. All 50 states and dozens of countries are also represented this year. To be eligible, screenwriters must not have earned over $5,000 from writing for film or TV, entries must be feature length and originally written in English (translations and adaptations are ineligible). Of the 113 fellowships that have been awa...

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    McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

    Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.

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    Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.

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    Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

    Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C Interna...

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    Where Is IESB's Robert Sanchez?

    Tuesday the Twittersphere started fluttering with vague comments about something disturbing that was breaking in the world of online fan sites.

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    Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Debuts This Fall on PBS

    Classics crooner Michael Feinstein will make legions of music lovers happy this fall when he premieres a three-part series exploring the history of American popular music. The American Songbook will air October 6, 13 and 20 at 8 PM on PBS. This is my idea of heaven.

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    Lost in Translation: Lasse Hallstrom to Direct Tom's Dad

    Many directors who come to Hollywood from overseas manage to make the shift from more personal low-budget local films to less personal big-budget studio fare aimed at a worldwide audience. It's tough to pull off the push-pull of studio interference. Filmmakers love playing with a richer tool kit and...

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    Weinsteins Still Bidding for Miramax

    Disney does want to sell Miramax--but only at the right price. If the studio doesn't get what it's looking for, it will hang on to the library. After all, Disney boasts the smallest library of the major studios. And new studio chief Rich Ross has said that he is proceeding with plans to release the ...

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    Mark Lisanti Joins Yahoo! Entertainment Blogs, AOL is Hiring

    Yahoo! has hired Movieline.com blogger Mark Lisanti as deputy editor of their new Entertainment Blogs. Lisanti, the founding editor of Gawker Media's Defamer, made the announcement in his blog: the Yahoo! blogs are "launching in the not-too-distant future" and Yahoo! is "continuing their recent patt...

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    Bullock Reunites with Reynolds on Action Comedy Most Wanted

    Sandra Bullock knows what she's doing. Tired of all the crazy tabloid crap, she's moving the conversation on to kissing Scarlett Johansson on MTV and possibly co-starring with her husband Ryan Reynolds on a new comedy, Most Wanted. Looks like she's following my career advice and getting back to work...

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