Kevin Costner Suit Seeks $3.85M for Film Festival 'Fraud'

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The actor-producer is suing Kylin Pictures for using his name to sell 'Shanghai Sojourners' at the Shanghai International Film Festival and then removing him from the project and not paying him. Movies Movies THR Online Kevin Costner Shanghai International Film Festival Asia International

Aretha Franklin Seeks Emergency Injunction to Stop 'Amazing Grace' at Telluride Film Festival

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The singer asks a Colorado judge to prevent the release of the Sydney Pollack film, which will screen in Telluride and Toronto. Risky Business Movies Movies Business THR Online Aretha Franklin Telluride Film Festival TIFF 2015 Toronto International Film Festivalread more. THR, Esq.

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Promotion Of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Leads To Defamation Showdown

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Eriq Gardner A real estate mogul building the country's largest home is suing a documentary filmmaker and the Sundance festival organizer for putting out marketing literature that stated he went from "rags to riches to rags." Movies Movies Business Sundance Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival Sues NY Developer for $100 Million

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Tribeca Film Festival Business Robert De Niro’s group says it was exploited in the bidding process for rights to a pier. read more. The Business Movies Robert De Niro THR Online THR, Esq.

Fearless Film Festival Fort Worth 2009

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You have until March 15 to submit your short films (up to 20 minutes’ length) in categories ranging from documentary and narrative to experimental, animation, dance, music-video and coming-attractions trailers to Fort Worth’s third annual Fearless Film Festival. Visit the Main Street Arts Festival website for details and an application. Tags: recording agreements music publishing Music Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Music Business Copyright Blogroll Film/TV

Director Lars von Trier Banned From Cannes Film Festival For "Nazi" Remark

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Cannes Film Festival officials have banned Lars von Trier from the event after he announced he was "a Nazi" at a press conference and told the media he "understood Hitler". He has since tried to distance himself from his remarks

Aretha Franklin Granted Injunction to Stop Telluride Showing of 'Amazing Grace'

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The singer says the new film showing her 1972 performance violated her rights to name and likeness and invaded her privacy. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online Telluride Film Festivalread more. THR, Esq.

The Middle East International Film Festival

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I recently had the great pleasure of serving as a juror at the Middle East International Film Festival, held in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, from October 12 – 19. The Middle East Film Festival, in its second year now, was organized to bring together filmmakers from all over the world, particularly filmmakers from the Middle East. It’s part of the country’s multi-pronged approach to building a film industry from the ground up in Abu Dhabi.

The Middle East International Film Festival

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I recently had the great pleasure of serving as a juror at the Middle East International Film Festival, held in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, from October 12 – 19. The Middle East Film Festival, in its second year now, was organized to bring together filmmakers from all over the world, particularly filmmakers from the Middle East. It’s part of the country’s multi-pronged approach to building a film industry from the ground up in Abu Dhabi.

Anne Hathaway Lizard Film Under 'Godzilla' Attack in New Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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The Japanese rightsholders Toho want to stomp out the monster film 'Colossal' from Voltage Pictures. Movies Movies Business THR Online Anne Hathaway Nacho Vigalondo Nicolas Chartier Toho Company Ltd Voltage Pictures Cannes 2015 Cannes Film Festival Godzilla Godzilla (2014 read more. THR, Esq.

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'Birdman' Financier Worldview: Anatomy of a Cannes Implosion

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Christopher Woodrow, CEO of film-financing player Worldview, made a splash last year as an amfAR sponsor with Oscar contender 'Birdman' on the way. The Business Business THR Weekly Magazine Christopher Woodrow Sarah Johnson Redlich Cannes 2015 Cannes Film Festival Birdman Child 44 Song One The Green Inferno Wish I Was HereThen came charges of embezzlement, an email where he falsely said a colleague had died — and litigation. Lots of it. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Top Film Deal Lawyer Jumps Firms on Eve of Sundance (Exclusive)

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Daniel Miller Andrew Hurwitz joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on Tuesday, just days before the Sundance Film Festival begins. The Business Home Sundance 2012 Sundance Film Festivalread more. THR, Esq.

Waiting For The Dough

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I decided not to attend the Cannes Film Festival back in May because of the dismal economy and what I expected to be a poor showing there. The Toronto Film Festival was supposed to be different. People took meetings, did lunch, partied, went to screenings and generally did the things one does at a film market except buying, selling and investing in films. the American Film Market is less than two months away.

Waiting For The Dough

DealFatigue

I decided not to attend the Cannes Film Festival back in May because of the dismal economy and what I expected to be a poor showing there. The Toronto Film Festival was supposed to be different. People took meetings, did lunch, partied, went to screenings and generally did the things one does at a film market except buying, selling and investing in films. the American Film Market is less than two months away.

Waiting For The Dough

DealFatigue

I decided not to attend the Cannes Film Festival back in May because of the dismal economy and what I expected to be a poor showing there. The Toronto Film Festival was supposed to be different. People took meetings, did lunch, partied, went to screenings and generally did the things one does at a film market except buying, selling and investing in films. the American Film Market is less than two months away.

HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

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July 25, 2001 HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE Congratulations to our clients Charles Acosta and Dov Kelemer whose films were invited to screen at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival. I am moderating a panel on financing film on August 2 from 10:00 AM to11:45 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Film Festival and Conference runs from August 2-6.

HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

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July 25, 2001 HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE Congratulations to our clients Charles Acosta and Dov Kelemer whose films were invited to screen at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival. I am moderating a panel on financing film on August 2 from 10:00 AM to11:45 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Film Festival and Conference runs from August 2-6.

Aretha Franklin Judge Shows No R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for First Amendment (Analysis)

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Why a decision to block a film at the Telluride Film Festival marks a disturbing precedent. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Daily Read: Soderbergh Heads Down Under; A Serious Man Trailer

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Tags: Directors Film Festivals Toronto International Film Festival Trailers A Serious Man Coens Steven Soderbergh trailer

New York Film Fest Selection Committee Adds Dennis Lim

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has replaced outgoing associate programming director and New York film fest selection committee member Kent Jones with ex- Village Voice editor/critic Dennis Lim, who teaches criticism at NYU and edits Moving Image Source. The committee now boasts two critics who have lost full-time staff jobs: former Time Out New York film editor Melissa Anderson has also joined the NYFF selecting group chaired by Film Society program director Richard Pena.

Daily Read: Venice Roster Shapes Up, Brown's Daily Beast Loses Money

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Tags: Film Festivals New Media The Daily Beast Tina Brown Venice Film festival

Carradine Was Anti-Suicide, Says My Suicide's Sunday

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Seattle SIFFTer

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This year the Seattle International Film Festival introduced iSIFF, a nifty mobile iPhone app for organizing your festival schedule (downloadable via iTunes). The iSIFF uses a visual filtering tool - the SIFFter - that helps you to sort through more than 400 films by country, genre, or venue. Tags: Apple Film Festivals Web/Tech iPhone iSIFF Seattle International Film Festival SIFF SIFFter

TIFF: Galas and Specials Include Coens, Barrymore, Moore

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Toronto International Film Fest announcements are coming fast. Full release on the jump: July 28, 2009 NEWS RELEASE #12 GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ADDED TO FESTIVAL LINEUP Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to announce the addition of two Gala Presentations and eight Special Presentations to the programming lineup for this year’s Festival, running September 10 to 19.

The Bail Out

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Moreover, I recently had several discussions at the Toronto Film Festival and elsewhere with several emerging market financiers who all viewed the current US economic situation as a unique investment opportunity. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis.

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Tribeca: Kirby Dick Outs Closeted Politicians

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Much like Michael Moore, Kirby Dick ( Twist of Faith, This Film is Not Yet Rated ) has a talent for putting himself front and center in his documentaries, as well as making them controversial and entertaining. Clearly his latest, Outrage , which is debuting at the Tribeca Film Fest, is no exception. Tags: Current Affairs Directors Documentaries Film Festivals gay politicians Kirby Dick Magnolia Senator Craig Tribeca Film festival

Seattle Fest Hosts Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola

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Spike Lee and Francis Ford Coppola will attend the country's largest and most sprawling marathon of film fests in Seattle, which runs May 21 through June 14. The film is expected to close a deal with IFC Films and PBS.). Set in Argentina, the film marks Coppola's first original script since 1974. Vincent Gallo, who stars as one of two brothers trying to reconcile their past, will also accompany the film on June 10.

To End All Wars Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

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September 5, 2001 To End All Wars Premieres at Telluride Film Festival I have just returned from the Telluride Film Festival with my clients, Director David Cunningham and Producer Jack Hafer, where their compelling film “To End All Wars” was received by enthusiastic audiences. The film is based on an eyewitness account by author Ernest Gordon who was an Allied prisoner of war during WW II forced to build the “Railway of Death” for the Japanese.

To End All Wars Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

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September 5, 2001 To End All Wars Premieres at Telluride Film Festival I have just returned from the Telluride Film Festival with my clients, Director David Cunningham and Producer Jack Hafer, where their compelling film “To End All Wars” was received by enthusiastic audiences. The film is based on an eyewitness account by author Ernest Gordon who was an Allied prisoner of war during WW II forced to build the “Railway of Death” for the Japanese.

SXSW Trailers on YouTube

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The film fest at SXSW runs from March 13 to 21; I'll be on the doc jury. Here are trailers for SXSW films Alexander the Last , which will be released via IFC On-Demand at the same time it debuts at the fest, and Troll 2 : more are on view at the SXSW YouTube screening room. Tags: Film Festivals Trailers YouTube SXSW Film Festival trailers YouTube screening room And I'll be blogging.

Santa Barbara Audience Award Goes to Skin

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The SB Independent Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Fest went to Skin, which explores a fascinating angle on apartheid. The film, which I saw in Toronto, stars Sam Neill and Alice Krige as white Afrikaner parents under the yoke of South African apartheid who are trying to raise their child (Sophie Okonedo), who is black. Tags: Film Festivals Alice Krige Sam Neill Santa Barbara Film Festival Skin Sophie Okonedo

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The Bail Out

DealFatigue

Moreover, I recently had several discussions at the Toronto Film Festival and elsewhere with several emerging market financiers who all viewed the current US economic situation as a unique investment opportunity. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis.

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The Bail Out

DealFatigue

Moreover, I recently had several discussions at the Toronto Film Festival and elsewhere with several emerging market financiers who all viewed the current US economic situation as a unique investment opportunity. No matter our behavior, the economy fluctuates from boom to bust on a fairly predicable basis.

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TIFF: Aretha Franklin Doc 'Amazing Grace' Screening Canceled

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The cancelation comes after the singer was granted an injunction against the film's planned screening at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Aretha Franklin

Lil Wayne Documentary Litigation Takes a New Turn

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Eriq Gardner Appeals court tackles animosity over 2009 Sundance Film Festival hit read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

LA Film Fest Appoints Director Yeldham

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The Los Angeles Film Festival has nabbed producer Rebecca Yeldham as their new fest director. Yeldham admits that she resisted at first, wanting to continue her career as an indie producer of such films as Anvil! But she began to realize that her own enthusiasm for the prospect of redefining and building a world-class film festival in Los Angeles was taking her over. The definition of the festival and programming agenda will evolve.".

Gilmore Defects from Sundance to Tribeca

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Truth is, Geoff Gilmore has been looking to move on from running the Sundance Film Festival for some time. The good news with Gilmore's defection from director of the Sundance Fest to Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, which mounts the Tribeca Film Festival: he's still inside his wheelhouse. And he's taking on a film fest that has room to grow and expand, having never really found its identity as a New York Fest.

Aretha Franklin Seeks to Stop Sales Screenings of 'Amazing Grace' Doc

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An amended complaint was filed by the singer following reports that producer Alan Elliott showed the doc at a private screening at the Toronto Film Festival for commercial purposes. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Culture THR Online

Recession Hits Movies

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could score at September's Toronto Film Fest. Toronto International Film Festival Unstoppable Tags: Cash Crunch Denzel Washington Directors Film Festivals Matt Damon New Media Che Creation Denzel Washington Moneyball Steven Soderbergh The Informant! Hollywood's war on rising budgets continues, as Denzel Washington stepped out of Fox's runaway train picture Unstoppable.

Tommy Lee Jones Flick Goes Straight to DVD

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Joe Leydon noticed something funny about Bertrand Tavernier's new movie In the Electric Mist, which is premiering at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. Tags: Film Festivals Berlin DVD In the Electric Mist Tommy Lee Jones Stateside, the pic is going straight to DVD. It's a sign of the times when movies with that sort of pedigree can't get a theatrical release.

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Fox Beats 'Napoleon Dynamite' Producers on Appeal of Big Profits Ruling

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With at least $10 million on the line, Fox Searchlight''s written deal triumphs over one lawyer''s oral understanding of what happened at the Sundance Film Festival. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Links: Richardson, NY Fests, Katzenberg, Flip-Cam Sale, Cinephile Fare, Newspaper Death Rattle

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Dade Hayes details some of the comings, goings and speculation behind the scenes in the turbulent New York film fest scene, from Tribeca under ex-Sundance chief Geoff Gilmore to Film Society of Lincoln Center honcho Mara Manus , who is giving the musty old place a thorough overhaul. Back from SXSW, I've been playing catch-up. For much of the news media, Natasha Richardson was the sad, sad story of the week.

LAFF Film Fest Wrap

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Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson and new LAFF director Rebecca Yeldham were heaving sighs of relief at the sunny awards brunch at the Hammer Museum Sunday. While official figures are not in, sales of festival passes were down at this year's LAFF, but day-to-day ticket sales were brisk, with many sell-outs, Hudson said. IFC will open the film at the IFC Center in New York in August followed by LA and five other cities in September. Best Narrative Short Film.

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