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Catherine and Angela Paura Hired as Alcon Marketing Chiefs

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Alcon Entertainment has hired Catherine Paura and Angela Paura as co-heads of marketing. The Paura sisters are taking over the marketing duties for Richard Ingber, who announced in October that he was departing. The due have been hired as co-presidents of worldwide marketing and will report to co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The Pauras… Read more »

‘Fast & Furious 6′ Helmer Justin Lin to Direct ‘Star Trek 3′

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Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise. The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig. Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to… Read more »

Watch: New Trailer for Chris Hemsworth’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” starring Chris Hemsworth as the first mate of the besieged New England whaling ship Essex. The trailer focuses on the 1819 attack on the Essex by a mammoth whale, which inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” It also shows the… Read more »

‘Imitation Game’ Honored by Human Rights Campaign

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The Human Rights Campaign will honor the cast and filmmakers of “The Imitation Game” at the organization’s upcoming New York Gala Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Waldorf Astoria. “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, has become an awards season frontrunner along with films like “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “We are proud to… Read more »

Art House Theaters Tell Sony They Want to Screen ‘The Interview’

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Art House Convergence, which represents independent exhibitors with a total of 250 screens, has told Sony Pictures that its members want to screen “The Interview.” In an open letter to top studio executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, the group pledged its support for the studio and its employees in the wake of the massive hack… Read more »

New U.S.-Cuba Relations Open More Doors to Showbiz Exchange

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Political reaction to the historic U.S.-Cuba joint bid to normalize relations may be polarized, but the response from both countries’ artistic communities has been close to ecstatic. “It’s historic, it’s exciting and it’s about time,” said “Che” producer Laura Bickford of President Obama’s announcement Dec. 17 to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, and eventually relax… Read more »

Darren Aronofsky to Receive Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award

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The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor director Darren Aronofsky with the Filmmaker Award at their annual Golden Reel Awards, the org announced Monday. Aronofsky’s films include this year’s “Noah,” 2010’s “Black Swan” and 2000’s “Requiem for a Dream.” With the Filmmaker Award, the org seeks to celebrate “extraordinary filmmakers who embody the spirit, the vigor and… Read more »

New York’s Treehouse Theater Plans Live Read of ‘The Interview’

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Though “The Interview” will not hit movie theaters on Christmas Day, New York’s Treehouse Theater has announced that it will present a live reading of the movie’s script just two days later. The free event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the theater in midtown. “In the wake of recent events surrounding the controversial… Read more »

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