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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Justin Lin inks two-year deal with Universal Pictures

Fast Five director Justin Lin has signed a deal with Universal Pictures that will keep him visiting The Black Tower for at least the next two years. It makes considerable sense for Universal to have made Lin happy: Fast Five has grossed over $605 million dollars worldwide and is the #1 box office champ for the franchise. Lin also directed the third and fourth movies in the series.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Short films up for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the 10 contenders for winning an 2011 Oscar in both the animated and live-action short films categories.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Fox sues over sharing scripts online

20th Century Fox is leading the charge in protecting its intellectual property online. In a move that could redefine the underground ecosystem of people that share screenplays, both for those working inside the Hollywood showbiz system as well as interested fans that have the right connections, the movie studio served legal notice to a woman that was sharing scripts in PDF format on a file hosting website, slapping her with a $15 million dollar lawsuit.

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host Oscars

In somewhat of an unusual move, the producers of next year's Oscars broadcast have hired 28-year-old Anne Hathaway and 32-year-old James Franco to host the awards show. So what happens if Franco gets a Best Actor nomination for his performance in 127 Hours and wins it? Could be awwwwkward.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

MGM files for bankruptcy but aims for more James Bond movies

Yesterday in a Manhattan federal court, battered movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for Chapter 11 protection. The beleaguered MGM had been approached by rival studio Lionsgate in a buyout bid orchestrated by billionaire Carl Icahn but the management of MGM decided it wasn't the best offer to take.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DC Entertainment moves out west

DC Entertainment, the branch of Time-Warner that was formed last year to maximize the movie and television opportunities for DC Comics characters, is being relocated to sunny California from New York City. The move will effect about 200 employees, with some jobs being terminated and other new positions offered. None of the DC Comics personnel will take the trip.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Where have all the writers gone in Hollywood?

These days it doesn't matter if you're trying to break in to Hollywood by writing the next great spec script or a professional trying to land their next paycheck. The picture being painted is bad for both groups of scribes, and it doesn't look like the trend is going to reverse in the near future.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Warner Bros. and IMAX ink deal for Superman, Batman, Hobbit and Harry Potter movies

This morning Warner Bros. and The IMAX Corporation issued a joint press release announcing an agreement between the two distribution partners that will see IMAX release up to 20 Warner Bros. movies over the course of the next three years.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DreamWorks Animation has strong first quarter thanks to a Dragon

Shareholders of DreamWorks Animation were told good news today by the studio's CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg. Thanks in large part to the box office success of How to Train Your Dragon, DWA ended its first quarter of 2010 in the black. Total revenue taken in during the first three months of the year was $162.1 million dollars, with a net income of $21.7 million. That gives every DreamWorks Animation shareholder 24 cents in earnings on every share they hold in their portfolio.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pixar Canada opens its doors

Pixar Animation Studios has opened its first production office outside of the company's headquarters in Silicon Valley. Pixar Canada had its official launch yesterday in Vancouver, inviting local press to see the company's headquarters in Gastown, close to the waterfront and the convention centre.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Variety lays off its longtime film critic Todd McCarthy

On Sunday night word began to emerge from those connected to the Los Angeles film critic scene that Variety had laid off its chief movie reviewer Todd McCarthy. The journalist, who had worked for Variety for 31 years and whose reviews were often read as the public's first sizing up of a movie, is considered by many film critics to be one of the major players in the industry.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Trade magazine Variety caught in ad scandal

Right now it's looking rather embarassing for the ones managing the showbiz trade magazine Variety after a story broke on the Gawker website yesterday. The evidence assembled by Gawker's John Cook was pretty damning: that Variety had pulled a negative review of the film Iron Cross by freelancer Robert Koehler for a $400,000 ad campaign to support the film's chances for an Oscar nomination, the last starring role for actor Roy Scheider.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tim Burton to head Cannes Film Festival jury

Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton will be taking a trip to southern France to watch movies. The filmmaker of 1989's Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes and Sweeney Todd, to name just a few Burton movies, has been selected to serve as the head of the Cannes Film Festival jury this year.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Disney's Marvel now suing Jack Kirby's estate

Last Friday Marvel Worldwide filed a lawsuit in New York City federal court defending its right to continue to use and hold the copyrights to characters created by Jack Kirby, artist and co-creator of many well-known comic book superheroes . The suit alleges that the characters and artwork that Kirby created for Marvel between the years 1958 to 1963 were drawn for hire and as such Kirby and his estate are not entitled to ownership of the intellectual property.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

North American box office crosses $10 billion dollar mark

For the first time in box office history the film industry has earned more than $10 billion dollars from ticket sales.

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