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    James Schamus Is 2014 Outfest Achievement Award Honoree

    Screenwriter, producer and former Focus Features exec James Schamus is set to receive the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award at this year's edition of Outfest Los Angeles.

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    Berlin: James Schamus Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman at Festival's Opening Press Conference

    James Schamus was on hand at the Berlin International Film Festival this morning to ring in the start of his tenure as head of this year's competition jury.

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    Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood,' Christophe Gans' 'Beauty & The Beast' & More Added To Berlin Line-Up

    With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, it will be the first stop for many films on the 2014 festival circuit as they pick up steam before eventual awards season runs, theatrical releases or both. And as Park City gets ready to kick things off stateside, over at the Berlin Film Festiva...

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    Is This Small Film Festival One of the East Coast's Best Kept Secrets?

    With such minimal industry presence -- close to, if not exactly, zero -- FilmColumbia makes the legendarily low key Telluride Film Festival look like the Academy Awards by comparison. In an age of instantaneous hype and the constant scrutiny of social media, how did Chatham wind up hosting one of th...

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    Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Gravity', Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 & More

    On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and for the first time, Features Editor Jessica Kiang to talk about "Gravity." Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the film or don...

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    With James Schamus Out At Focus, Are Good Movies In Trouble? Not So Fast

    The Focus conundrum is less of a tragedy for Schamus than an opportunity to consider the larger plane of cinema that never even figured into its legacy.

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    With James Schamus Out, What Does The Future Hold For Focus Features?

    Since 2001, James Schamus has been the very public and very successful CEO of Focus Features, the arthouse arm of Universal Pictures. Under his tenure, filmmakers like Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, George Clooney, Cary Fukunaga, Rian Johnson, David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski and more have...

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    Universal Replaces Schamus with Schlessel to Expand Focus Features Brand

    Universal is under new management. And another specialty division bites the dust. I may be overstating it, but safe to say, the old Focus Features--a high-class specialty division with an eye for awards worthy content--is no more. Longtime Focus CEO and co-founder James Schamus, a New Yorker of disc...

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    IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

    Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown ...

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