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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will promote homevid rentals of the current year’s crop of nominated films for the second year in a row. Rolling out the same day as the Oscar nomination…

Jesse Devorska

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Jesse Devorska, vaudevillian and silent screen actor who later appeared in a handful of early talkies, died Dec. 26 at the Veterans West Los Angeles Medical Center. He was 101. Born in Lithuania in…

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Former Warner Bros. co-chairman and CEO Terry Semel has invested $2 million in Digital Entertainment Network, which Webcasts a slate of original advertiser-supported episodic shows and offers other…

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BRAZIL The Weather Channel Latam has signed a distribution agreement with Brazilian cablers group Neo-TV. Neo-TV’s 18 members own a collective 98 cable companies with 700,000 subs. The agreement…

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Who is Morty Fineman? That’s a question Daily Variety readers may be asking following the appearance Thursday of an improbable full-page ad touting the 30th anniversary of Fineman Films. In an open…

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The wicked witch is dead. As the Sundance fest drew near its close, "Blair Witch" filmmakers Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick tried for a repeat marketing blitz - a full four months before they have…

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