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Village Rockstars,’ ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” won the golden gateway prize for best film in the India Gold competition, at the Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 12-18). The festival concluded on Wednesday. “Village Rockstars” also won best film on gender equality. Bornila Chatterjee’s “The Hungry” merited a jury mention in the category. Rahul Jain’s “Machines” took the silver […]

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Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

“Feud: Bette and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh. The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show. Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus […]

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Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists. CASTINGS Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made […]

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VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy to Put Copyright Fight on Hold

VidAngel, the Utah-based streaming service that filters out offensive content, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. The filing is designed to put its copyright battle with three major studios on hold, as it seeks to expand its new filtering service. “We have millions in the bank, and we’re already making millions on the new system,” […]

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Channing Tatum Pulls Sexual Abuse Movie, Cutting Ties With Weinstein Company

In the latest fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, Channing Tatum is ditching his film adaptation of “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” at the Weinstein Company. The actor and producer announced Wednesday in a statement with producing partner Reid Carolin that they are halting development on the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2013 novel — which […]

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Los Angeles Feature Film Production Increases 7.6% in Third Quarter

On-location feature film production in Greater Los Angeles increased by 7.6% in the third quarter to 1,172 shoot days, according to the permitting agency FilmL.A. The agency, which released the report on Wednesday, credited the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program for the gain. It said the incentive program — which provides a 20% tax […]

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L.A. Film Festival Moving to September From June, Partnering With Arclight

Moving into awards season, the Los Angeles Film Festival will shift from mid-June to mid-September for its 24th edition next year. Film Independent, which operates the festival, also announced Wednesday a multi-year partnership with the ArcLight Cinemas chain. The festival has been headquartered at the Arclight Culver City for the past two years. The move […]

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Oscars: Netflix and Errol Morris Defy Convention With Hybrid Doc ‘Wormwood’

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has “run afoul” of the film Academy before, he jokes. After all, his unconventional 1988 cinematic investigation “The Thin Blue Line” apparently violated unspoken dogma within the documentary community that year, yielding one of the most egregious snubs in Oscar history. Nevertheless, he’s ready to test the organization’s boundaries once […]

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