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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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    Schlessel Reshapes Focus Features: Loses Karpen and Foley, Keeps Brody and Bowles (ANALYSIS)

    The new CEO of Focus Features, Peter Schlessel, has wasted no time reconfiguring two distributors, FilmDistrict and Focus, into one. By insisting on shutting down the Focus New York branch, he lost several valuable executives including Focus COO Andrew Karpen, who was asked to stay on. Schlessel aim...

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