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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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    Laika Unveiling Latest Animated Picture 'The Boxtrolls' at Venice

    Laika. The people behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman" will soon make their return with "The Boxtrolls." Ahead of their September 26 release, Focus Features will have it premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, screening out of competition.

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    Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race' Goes to Focus Features

    He was beautiful. And he was a huge global track star. Stephan James (upcoming "Selma") will play Olympic legend Jesse Owens in Stephen Hopkins' new biopic "Race," which has been acquired for U.S. release by Focus Features.

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    As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Heads Toward Release, Universal Is Calling Shots (FIRST LOOK)

    As the movie version of the bestselling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" heads for release on February 13, 2015, the Focus Features marketing is starting to roll out. The sexy Interview cover and less provocative headshot of Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish actor ("Once Upon a Time") finally cast as...

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    New Focus. Not the Same as Old Focus.

    Brands and labels mean a lot in Hollywood. It's about building up the perception of value. How has MGM stayed in business all these years? So when a venerated label throws away its value it makes me crazy.

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    End of an Era: Only Woman Studio Distribution Chief Nikki Rocco To Step Down

    When the first --and only--female distribution chief at a major studio lasts for 18 years at her job, she's damned good at it. Well, Universal Pictures distribution president Nikki Rocco is finally stepping down at the end of 2014 after 47 years at the studio--it's the only place she ever worked.

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    Universal Shuts Down Production on 'Fast & Furious 7,' LA County Coroner Deems Car Crash Deaths Accidental

    Universal has halted production on "Fast & Furious 7" in order to figure out how to proceed with the production without valued cast member Paul Walker, who died last weekend of thermal injuries in a fatal car accident.

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