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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Bags Top Rome Fest Nod

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British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as… Read more »

Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because it Has Vision

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Harvey Weinstein came out swinging in defense of Netflix at the Produced By: New York conference on Saturday. The company’s recent forays into the film business cast a shadow over the gathering of producers, but Weinstein welcomed the company’s encroachment. Of course, he has a vested interest in the streaming service’s success. Weinstein is producing… Read more »

Watch: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick Sing in ‘Into the Woods’ Featurette

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Disney has released an extended featurette for “Into the Woods” that not only offers a new look at the iconic characters, but a sneak preview of the iconic music. Meryl Streep’s Witch and Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella sing in the video, which also includes interviews with director Rob Marshall and stars Streep, Johnny Depp, who plays… Read more »

Indie Producers on Why Exhibitors Encourage Piracy, Oscar Campaign Value

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Piracy is threatening the financial underpinnings of the movie business, but theater owners are partly to blame, a panel of independent film producers argued at Saturday’s Produced By: New York Conference. “The real criminals here are the exhibitors,” said John Sloss, a film sales agent and the producer of “Boyhood.” Sloss argued that hoping 20… Read more »

Vine Star Curtis Lepore Dropped From Rainn Wilson Show After Backlash

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Just days after announcing his casting, Rainn Wilson and his SoulPancake banner have dropped Vine personality Curtis Lepore from their upcoming comedy series “Hollywood and Vine.” The new show features an ensemble cast of stars from the popular video platform, including Lepore, Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd and Christian DelGrosso, as they try to… Read more »

Top Showrunners Talk Shop, Swap Stories at Produced By Confab

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The art of showrunning is changing, as evidenced by the foursome who came together Saturday for a panel at the Produced By: New York confab. Greg Yaitanes, showrunner of Cinemax’s “Banshee,” came up the ranks as an episodic director. He’s not a writer per se but he’s “a good idea guy” who helps arc out… Read more »

Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels ‘Presumptuous Enough’

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Jake Gyllenhaal would like to move behind the camera one day, but the Oscar nominee says he has yet to find the right project to direct. “I’m searching … but I have yet to feel presumptuous enough,” Gyllenhaal said at Saturday’s Produced By: New York conference. The “Brokeback Mountain” star says he’ll know he’s found… Read more »

‘Carmin Tropical’ Surprises With Top Prize at Morelia Film Fest

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MEXICO CITY – “Carmin Tropical,” Rigoberto Perezcano’s exploration into gender, family and violence, took the top prize for best fiction feature at the Morelia International Film Festival on Friday evening. It beat out Alonso Ruizpalacio’s “Güeros,” which nearly made a sweep, winning the press prize, public prize, and best first or second work, as well… Read more »