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Twitter Launches Ability to Share 30-Second Videos

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Twitter is upgrading its mobile apps to let users capture, edit and post videos — up to 30 seconds in length — as the social service looks to keep pace with rival Facebook as well as offer an alternative to YouTube for brief clips. The company last fall announced plans to add native-video features in 2015…. Read more »

Sundance: ‘Going Clear’ Creators Say Tom Cruise Should Speak Out Against Scientology’s Abuses

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No documentary has inspired more controversy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival than “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” It’s a devastating portrait of a religion guided by greed, instead of motivated by altruism. The film alleges that Scientology abuses its rank and file, hitting them up constantly for money, while, in some… Read more »

‘Frozen’ Songwriters to Pen Oscar Musical Number for Neil Patrick Harris

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Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have tapped “Frozen” tunesmiths Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez to write an original number for host Neil Patrick Harris on the Feb. 22 telecast. The sequence has been dubbed “Moving Pictures.” The pair said they would weave in their own experience of winning an Oscar last year for… Read more »

Games Studio SGN Taps Ex-Myspace Marketing Exec Josh Brooks to Make Hollywood Inroads

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SGN, a mobile games studio, has hired entertainment marketer Josh Brooks — formerly head of marketing at Myspace — as senior VP of brand strategy and marketing with an eye toward striking game-development deals with studios, producers and celebrities. In joining SGN, Brooks has reunited with Chris DeWolfe, former CEO and co-founder of Myspace. According to DeWolfe,… Read more »

Japan Box Office in 2014 is Third Biggest of 21st Century

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TOKYO – Total Japanese box office earnings in 2014, were the third highest this century. According to figures released on Tuesday by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren), attendance climbed by 3.4% compared to 2013 and hit 161 million. Eiren’s data in local currency terms shows a 6.6% gain, with gross box office… Read more »

Berlin Film Festival Reveals International Jury Members, Includes Matthew Weiner

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LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition. The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor… Read more »

Film Factory Picks Up Pablo Trapero’s ‘The Clan’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Zeroing in on one of the most anticipated Latin titles this year, in the run-up to the Berlin Film Festival, Spain’s Film Factory Ent. has acquired world sales rights outside Latin America to “The Clan,” an ‘80s –set suspense thriller which marks the next film from Argentina’s Pablo Trapero (“White Elephant,” “Lion’s Den”). Film Factory… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Suburban Gothic’

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This likably wiseass horror-comedy sports the kind of droll humor that springs from what seems like improvisational riffing from a cast of assured comic hands.

Facebook Suffers 45-Minute Outage, Blames Own Technicians

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Facebook went offline across much of the world for 45 minutes late Monday (Tuesday in European and Asian time zones). Some users also found it difficult to access photo-sharing app Instagram. Normal service has now resumed. Facebook blamed its own technicians for the problem, while others pointed to hacking group Lizard Squad. “Earlier this evening… Read more »