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Jennifer Fox To Produce 2018 Governors Awards®

Oscar®-nominated producer Jennifer Fox will produce the 10th Annual Governors Awards, for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President John Bailey announced. The ceremony will be held Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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Saban Films Acquires StudioCanal's "King Of Thieves" Directed By James Marsh Starring Sir Michael Caine And Jim Broadbent

Saban Films has taken U.S. distribution rights to Academy Award® Winner James Marsh's (The Theory of  Everything) King of Thieves starring Academy Award® Winner Sir Michael Caine (The Quiet American), Academy Award® Winner Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady).

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HBO Sports Acquires U.S. and Canada Television Rights From Priority Pictures To Zimbalist Brothers’ Award-Winning Documentary, "Momentum Generation"

HBO has acquired the U.S. and Canada television rights to Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's eye-opening feature-length documentary film Momentum Generation, which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and won the Audience Award.

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SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Jeffrey Katzenberg and Spike Lee With Its "Patron Of The Artists Awards"

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced it will present its Patron of the Artists Awards to entertainment industry leader, WndrCo Co-founder and NewTV (working title) Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and trailblazing Director/Producer/Writer Spike Lee whose most recent film BlacKkKlansman opened earlier this year. 

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Film Independent Announces The 2018 Fast Track Projects And Awards $60K In Alfred P. Sloan Grants At The LA Film Festival

Film Independent announced the 15 projects and 28 filmmakers selected for the 16th annual Fast Track film finance market. Held during the LA Film Festival, Fast Track helps producer-director teams advance their projects through meetings with top industry executives.

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Focus Features Announces Production On Harriet Feature On The Life Of Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production on Harriet, a new feature chronicling the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Tubman will be played by Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award®-winner Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale, Widows).

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The Academy to Honor Kathleen Kennedy, Marvin Levy, Frank Marshall, Lalo Schifrin and Cicely Tyson at 2018 Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Honorary Awards to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

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PBS Wants YOU to Join THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

Something "bookish" is going on, and PBS wants to encourage everyone to be a part of it. Launched this past April and continuing throughout the fall, PBS' THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is asking people to choose "America's Best-Loved Novel."

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Reelabilities Film Festival Lands In Los Angeles; Opens with Chloé Zhao’s THE RIDER (Full Schedule)

The inaugural ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2018 announced its lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films.  The festival runs October 11-14, 2018 at locations throughout the city. Tickets and passes will be available to purchase in early September. 

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Brett Donowho, Anthony Callie And Mickey Gooch Join Forces To Launch Runaway Planet Content Group

Runaway Planet Content Group launches as a bold, new finance and production company headed by veteran director/producer Brett Donowho, seasoned film executive Anthony Callie, and Florida-based financier Mickey Gooch, with Donowho and Callie overseeing day-to-day operations from their Hollywood offices.

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Film Independent’s LA Film Festival Showcases Global Media Makers Summit At Cairo International Film Festival

Film Independent announced the fourteen filmmakers selected from the Middle East, Northern Africa and Turkey to participate in the third annual Global Media Makers, an international film exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

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2018 LA Film Festival Competition Lineup Revealed

Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, unveiled the official U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, LA Muse and Nightfall sections.

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NEON Acquires Worldwide Rights To Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11”; CNN Films Retains North American TV Rights

NEON has acquired the worldwide theatrical rights to Todd Douglas Miller’s (Dinosaur 13) cinematic space event documentary, Apollo 11.  Executive produced by CNN Films, the film features never-before-seen, large-format film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. 

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Annapurna Dates Release Of LAIKA'S MISSING LINK

Missing Link, LAIKA's fifth animated film, will be released by U.S. distributor Annapurna nationwide on Friday, April 19, 2019. LAIKA is the producer of Oscar-nominated films Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).

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  • Money News: Dow Closes Down, World Markets Split

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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, avoiding the predicted Bear market for months took a hit over the past week and closed the trading week down with mild double digit losses setting a world tone despite split showings across the ten most watched market in the world.

     
  • Money News: Global Markets Struggle; Top Eight Close Down; Nikkei, Mexico Up

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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average,in response to the poor showing from January’s Bureau of Labor Statistic’s  jobs report, as well as eight of the top ten world markets, unable to rally, sustained heavy losses as investor confidence globally continued to fall.

     
  • Hank Brennan, James “Whitey” Bulger Lawyer, Set to Argue Appeal

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    Hank Brennan, lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger the mobster convicted of leading Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, is preparing to argue why the court should reverse its original verdict and allow the aging mobster a second chance.  

     
  • “MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS” Trailer Sets New Record With Over 13.7 Million Views In First 24 Hours On iTunes

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    BURBANK, CALIF. (March 2, 2012) — Marvel Studios announced today that its new trailer for this summer’s most highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has been viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes (http://www.apple.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

     
  • Saban Films Takes North American Distribution Rights to Simon West’s “Gun Shy” Starring Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko

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    Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Simon West’s (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) Gun Shy (formerly Salty), starring Golden Globe Nominee Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace).  

  • OSCAR Nominations – Alarm Bells Ring With Cries of Discrimination

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    The 2015 OSCAR nominations were announced this week and immediately every media watcher, paid pundit, basement blogger and voyeur, has weighed in on the sensitive issues of race in Hollywood and the apparent snub of black talent.

     
  • The Academy’s Board Of Governors Awards An Oscar® To Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Carne Y Arena” Virtual Reality Installation

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    The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a Special Award to director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible),” in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.

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