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Lionsgate Acquires Worldwide Rights to ‘The Smosh Movie,’ Starring YouTube Comedy Duo

variety.com – Lionsgate has picked up global distribution rights to “The Smosh Movie,” starring the YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, banking on their Internet celebrity to drive audiences to the feature-length film. Production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, headed by Brian Robbins, and Defy Media, a digital media company in which... 17 hours 8 min ago via jackiechan
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Tobey Maguire: "Movies Now Have More To Do With An Aesthetic, Than They Do With A Performance"

fb.indiewire.com – There has already been a lot written about the studio shift to blockbuster movies, which has made the playing field for smaller films — at least among the majors — a more rarified ground. And that of course has a direct affect on the kinds of films that audiences get to choose from, but it also means that as an actor, there are fewer parts with depth and complexity going around. 17 hours 38 min ago via jetli
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Oscars: Czechs Nominate Andrea Sedlackova's 'Fair Play' in Foreign-Language Category

feedproxy.google.com – Polished coming-of-age drama premiered at Karlovy Vary film festival in July 19 hours 8 min ago via jetli
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Warner Bros. Expected to Cut as Many as 1,000 Jobs (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Warner Bros. Entertainment is expected to cut as many as 900 to 1,000 jobs worldwide as part of a studio-wide cost-cutting move, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The estimated reductions would amount to more than 10% of the studio’s 9,000-person workforce. The cuts will be made in late October or early November.... 1 day 8 hours ago via theothersenhman
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'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

feedproxy.google.com – Those who downloaded the film are being told to settle up — or else 1 day 11 hours ago via jackiechan
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Franchise-powered Disney can't rest on laurels, studio president says

feedproxy.google.com – Walt Disney Studios is riding its big tent-pole movies to box-office success, having put out the two biggest movies of the year so far: "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." 1 day 14 hours ago via jackiechan
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RatPac Entertainment Sets Paul Neinstein To Be COO

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: As RatPac Entertainment partners Brett Ratner and James Packer branch beyond co-financing the Warner Bros slate to create their own film and TV slates, they've hired Paul Neinstein to be COO. Neinstein, who reports to Ratner and Packer, comes from Paramount where he was executive vice president of Business Affairs for the past eight years making deals in financing, acquisitions and talent for Par's live action, animated and micro-budget fare. 1 day 15 hours ago via jetli
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Imax CEO Says Audiences Are "A Little Sick Of The Post-Apocalyptic, Dark, Angst-Ridden, Suicidal Movies"

fb.indiewire.com – Hazarding his opinion on studio trends of which audiences may have grown weary, Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told those assembled at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conferencethat, “Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies.” Now, here’s a guy whose business partly depends on the studios’ success, but who doesn’t spend his days interpreting audience analytics and agonizing over what to feed us next. 1 day 17 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Staffing Up with Former Warner Bros. Exec

variety.com – Jeff Robinov’s Sony-based Studio 8 has been ramping up staffing, hiring former Warner Bros. exec VP Robert Brassel and Mythology Entertainment exec Jon Silk. Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at the juncture that he... 2 days 2 hours ago via jetli
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Sony Expects $2 Billion Loss for Fiscal Year

variety.com – In another financial blow to the electronics giant, Sony has reported a net loss of $2.15 billion for the current fiscal year, nearly five times its original estimate of $488 million (JPY50 billion ) through March of 2015. The company blamed the drastic downturn on poor smartphone sales. more to come… 2 days 3 hours ago via donnieyen
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