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Morgan Spurlock, Paul Allen Announce Directors of 'We the Economy' (Exclusive)

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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions and documentarian Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan announced on Tuesday their first collaboration, We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss, featuring shorts by 20 name directors paired with 20 top economists explaining big questions (What is money? What causes inequality?) in five to eight minutes each. The series will launch simultaneously in October 2014 (date tba) across multiple platforms and distribution partners, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile and theatrical. On Sept. 27, the New York Film Festival Convergence will host a special panel on the project. "The films demystify the economy,"

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- Tim Appelo

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Edinburgh Film Festival Artistic Director Steps Down

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Chris Fujiwara has resigned from his role as artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival with one year on his four-year contract. The news was announced Tuesday, with the film critic and lecturer saying in a statement that he was departing to "pursue other activities." "It’s been a genuine honor to work with the team in Edinburgh and contribute to the rebirth of Eiff over the last three years," he added. Fujiwara joined the festival in 2011 and over his three-event tenure saw Eiff admissions increase by 33 percent, hitting 46,000 at this year’s

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- Alex Ritman

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Dish Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service

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Pay TV company Dish Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multi-year carriage renewal for the latter's lifestyle cable TV networks. They said the agreement covers expanded digital rights, including over-the-top rights for live and VOD content. This means Dish can use Scripps content as part of an online TV service it plans to launch by next year.  The companies said the new deal also expands Dish's distribution of authenticated live and VOD Scripps Networks content on Internet-connected devices. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The new arrangement will widen the exposure of Scripps' Diy Network

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- Georg Szalai

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'Boxtrolls' Beats 'Lucy,' 'Sex Tape' at U.K. Box Office

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Universal’s animated film about trash-collecting monsters, The Boxtrolls, has surged to the top of the U.K. box office, bringing in $3.24 million in its opening weekend in Britain. According to figures from Rentrak released Tuesday, the 3D stop-motion film, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and produced by ParaNorman and Coraline studio Laika, dominated the weekend, beating Lucy, which came in second, by more than $1.9 million. Another new entry, 20th Century Fox’s all-star U.K. comedy Pride, came in third with $1.16 million, backed by strong reviews, while last week’s box-

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- Alex Ritman

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Oscars: Italy Unveils Shortlist for Foreign-Language Category

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All eyes are on Italy this awards season after Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty earlier this year won the country’s first foreign-language Oscar since 1998’s Life is Beautiful. The country has unveiled a shortlist of seven films, of which one will be picked next week to represent the country in the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film race. Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital leads the pack among Italian film awards thus far. It took home seven wins at the David di Donatello awards this year, beating out The Great Beauty for best film. It also won six honors, out of eight

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- Ariston Anderson

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CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

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The National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians in the network’s New York and Washington bureaus, compensate more than 200 others wrongly paid at lower wage rates, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as the bargaining representative of the affected employees. The decision, which affirmed a 2008 administrative law decision and concerned layoffs that took place in 2003, may be particularly unpleasant for network parent Turner Broadcasting to implement, given that the company is currently slashing jobs: about 600 employees, many at CNN and sister channel Hln, received

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- Jonathan Handel

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'Nymphomaniac Director's Cut' to Get Global Bow

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The director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s erotic epic Nymphomaniac will go out day-and-date across multiple platforms in several territories. On Oct. 2, the five-and-a-half-hour cut of the film will bow theatrically, on VOD and at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Von Trier’s native Denmark. Denmark is the only territory where the extra-long version of Nymphomaniac has been released theatrically. Elsewhere, the film was cut into two shorter films: Vol.1 and Vol.2. Von

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- Scott Roxborough

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MTV EMAs: Katy Perry Leads With 7 Nominations

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Katy Perry leads the way at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Topping the competition with seven nominations, the entertainer is included in the majority of the top categories, including best song (for her "Dark Horse" hit with Juicy J), best pop, best female best live and best U.S. act. Ariana Grande follows close behind with six nominations, while new The Voice coach Pharrell Williams and Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer have five. One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Sam Smith and rising star Kiesza are nominated in four categories. Competing against Perry for the top best

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- Philiana Ng

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Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

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Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is urging Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Scottish voters will decide about independence in a Thursday referendum. At the gathering in London's Trafalgar Square, which drew thousands of people, Geldof made a plea to Scots not to break up the union, saying England and Scotland were the "closest of cousins," The Guardian reported. The paper also quoted the Irish singer as saying: "Before there was a United States, before there

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- Georg Szalai

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Oscars: Hong Kong Nominates 'The Golden Era' in Foreign-Language Category

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Director Ann Hui's biopic The Golden Era has been selected as Hong Kong's representative in the best foreign-language film category at the 87th Academy Awards. The selection was made and announced by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong. The drama stars Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) as Xiao Hong, one of the most influential Chinese writers of the early 20th century. The film, which tracks Xiao's moves from Harbin, Chongqing and Wuhan to Hong Kong, where she died at the age of 32, was the closing film of the Venice International Film Festival. It also had its

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- Karen Chu

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'Kung Fu Jungle' to Get World Premiere at London Film Festival

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The 58th BFI London Film Festival will present the world premiere of Kung Fu Jungle (Yi Ge Ren de Wu Lin), directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins). The film, which will screen in the festival's Thrill selection, stars Donnie Yen and Michelle Bai. The stars and the director are scheduled to attend the premiere at London's Empire Leicester Square Cinema, a big premiere venue in the British capital. "Donnie Yen is a truly exhilarating martial arts star and action director and Kung Fu Jungle is a breathtaking thrill ride, featuring stellar performances from the entire cast,

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- Georg Szalai

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Oscars: Latvia Nominates 'Rocks in My Pocket' in Foreign-Language Category

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Latvia has nominated Signe Baumane's Rocks in My Pockets in the best foreign-language category at the Oscars. The animated film delves into the depression that has haunted three generations of a New York-based Latvian filmmaker's family, including the director herself. Released earlier this month in the U.S. through Zeitgeist Films, Baumane's odyssey into the psyche of a family shaped by the traumatic events of the 20th century, where her tiny Baltic state was frequently invaded and occupied by foreign armies, uses the tagline: "A crazy quest for sanity." The first-ever animated film to play in

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- Nick Holdsworth

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China, Russia Look to Boost Film Co-Productions

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Russia and China have signed an agreement on audio-visual cooperation under the auspices of the two countries' film cooperation sub-commission, which has explored ways for the countries to work together. Russia hopes the pact will boost movie co-productions between the two countries. "This [agreement] will allow us to attract extra resources for the implementation of large-scale productions and will help us to step up exhibition opportunities for Russian-Chinese co-productions," Vyacheslav Telnov, director of the film department at Russia's culture ministry, was quoted as saying by the ministry's press service. According to Telnov, co-

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 Premiere: 'Fresh Prince,' 'Duck Dynasty' Stars Lead

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TV stars Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson commanded the dance floor and took home the highest scores of the night on Monday's Dancing With the Stars season 19 premiere. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air veteran and his professional partner Witney Carson wowed the crowd and judges' table with their jive, earning 36/40 points, the highest score of the night. Ribeiro, a seasoned tap dancer who landed his first acting role in Broadway's "The Tap Dance Kid," is prioritizing fun as his motivation for the season. "At the end of the day, what I will try to do is

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- Natalie Stone

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Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss Play the Field in 'Listen Up Philip' Trailer

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Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss play a couple who are pretty much sick of each other in the first full trailer for the dark comedy Listen Up Philip.  Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks) stars as the eponymous novelist, who is invited by his favorite author to his home in the woods. This doesn't exactly bode well for Philip's floundering relationship with his girlfriend (Moss, Get Him to the Greek), especially when Philip meets the author's fetching daughter (Krysten Ritter, Veronica Mars).  In one scene, Philip has a rather surprising response when he gets called out for bragging about his writing career.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson Join Daniel Radcliffe in 'Brooklyn Bridge'

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U.K. banner Goldcrest Films announced Tuesday that Ben Kingsley and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) would be boarding Killer Films’ upcoming drama Brooklyn Bridge. Written and directed by Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and inspired by true events, Brooklyn Bridge has already snared Daniel Radcliffe for the lead. The Harry Potter star is set to play brilliant but inexperienced civil engineer Washington Roebling, who oversaw the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in the second half of the 19th century, based on a design by his father, John A. Roebling. Kingsley will play Roebling Sr., while Larson plays Emily Roebling, the

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- Alex Ritman

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Netflix Challenged to "Play by the Rules" in Australia

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As streaming giant Netflix rolls out its service into six new European markets, Australian DVD rental and streaming company Quickflix has told Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to play by the rules down under. In an open letter to Hastings, Quickflix founder and CEO Stephen Langsford challenged Netflix to compete by coming in “through the front door,” saying the company is enjoying a “free ride” by “ignoring unauthorized access to your U.S. service.” Netflix has reportedly amassed around 200,000-plus Australian customers who circumvent the company’s geoblocks by accessing its U.S. service through virtual private networks

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- Pip Bulbeck

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Barbra Streisand on 'Tonight Show': She Sings a Beloved Classic, Jokes About Her Butt

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Barbra Streisand's appearance on Monday's Tonight Show had everything her fans could hope for: a performance of one of her classics, a hilarious duet with Jimmy Fallon and a discussion of Streisand's "tush." Ok, so maybe her fans weren't necessarily expecting that last one.  Streisand was the episode's sole guest, marking her first late-night talk show appearance in over 50 years. Her new album Partners, featuring her duets with other high-profile vocalists, releases Sept. 16.  In honor of the album, Streisand and Fallon performed a medley of three tunes from the album, with Fallon impersonating the

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Barbra Streisand on 'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon': TV Review

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Barbra Streisand’s Monday-night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was a win-win: The singer in creamy-good voice and sharply funny; the host energetically playful, disarming a guest who might have been intimidating—or intimidated. Streisand got to demonstrate her ongoing presence as a great star, on one of the better nights Fallon has had since taking over the Tonight Show. Streisand took over the show by assenting to Fallon’s request that she sit in the host's chair. From behind the desk, she delved into Tonight Show lore, telling Fallon that Jack Paar “didn’t like me” and

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- Ken Tucker

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China Box Office: 'Planet of the Apes' Narrowly Tops 'Expendables 3'

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Apes and aging action heroes wrestled for supremacy at the top of the Chinese box office charts last week, with Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just beating out  Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3 for the number one spot. The latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise grossed $20.08 million, according to calculations by the research body Entgroup, bringing its cume to $102.26 million after 17 days. The movie had 142,097 screenings and 3.36 million admissions. The weekly figure put it marginally ahead of Lionsgate and Millennium's Expendables 3, which took $20.

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- Clifford Coonan

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