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Australia Simplifies Co-Production Guidelines

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Screen Australia has simplified its official co-production guidelines and programs, removing elements that producers said were “complex and inflexible” in a bid to get more international film and TV co-ventures off the ground. Presenting the new guidelines to Australian and international producers as part of Ausfilm Week in London, Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said simplified guidelines would “increase the ambitions of projects by aiming for bigger budgets, bigger returns and bigger audiences.” Said Mason: “In an environment where we are all facing reduced funds to produce screen content, it is a logical step for us to

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- Pip Bulbeck

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Producer Ed Pressman to Get Abu Dhabi Film Festival Honor

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Wall Street and American Psycho producer Ed Pressman is set to receive a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which starts Thursday. Pressman will be honored alongside French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, who has been nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film three times, most recently with Outside the Law in 2010. Bouchareb comes to the festival with his latest work Two Men In Town, starring Forest Whitaker as an ex-convict and a Muslim convert. Whitaker was the special guest at last year’s event. Read more The 'Star Wars' Effect: Why Hollywood is

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- Alex Ritman

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Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Hires Israeli Producer for Co-Production Job

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German TV networks group ProSiebenSat.1 has named Israeli producer Koby Gal-Raday to the newly-created position of senior vp of international co-productions and documentaries. Gal-Raday, whose co-production credits include the award-winning Israeli drama The Band's Visit, will oversee the group's expansion into more English-language and international fiction and documentary productions. He will report directly to ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Wolfgang Link. Read more Mipcom: European Dramas Eclipsing U.S. Productions Two years ago, July August Productions, the shingle Gal-Raday co-founded, was acquired by ProSiebenSat.1's production division Red Arrow Group. Before that,

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- Scott Roxborough

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'Dancing With the Stars' Says Goodbye to 'Mean Girls' Actor

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Though Monday’s Dancing With the Stars Latin night was an evening of improvement for Jonathan Bennett and professional partner Allison Holker, the couple’s jazz outing was their final performance to see the dance floor. After a tense and hurried jitterbug during week five’s “switch up” with Peta Murgatroyd that earned him 24/40, the Mean Girls actor was put in jeopardy at the top of Monday’s show. During training for week six’s dance, Holker gave Bennett a simple piece of advice: “be you.” The heartfelt words aided in earning the pair 32/40, but Bennett’s delivery was too late to change

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- Natalie Stone

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Dish Drops CNN, Several Other Turner Networks

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Dish will no longer carry a number of Turner networks.  After failing to come to terms with Turner on a new deal, Dish Network has dropped CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV and TCM, among others.  Read more CNN Sued by Former Producer For Race and Age Discrimination "Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally decided to pull CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, Hln, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang off the air upon the expiration of our current deal," Turner said in a statement. "Turner has worked diligently

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- THR Staff

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Protests at Met Premiere of 'The Death of Klinghoffer'

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The New York Metropolitan Opera's first performance of The Death of Klinghoffer was met with vociferous protests Monday as demonstrators including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuiliani gathered outside the Lincoln Center to denounce the performance as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.  John Adams' opera Klinghoffer has proved controversial from its very first performances in 1991. The subject matter is based upon the 1985 murder of the wheelchair bound Jewish-American Leon Klinghoffer by members of the Palestine Liberation Front after they had hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro.  Composer Adams addressed the controversy shortly before the West Coast premiere of Klinghoffer at

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- Abid Rahman

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John Lasseter: Disney-Pixar Has No Plans to Localize in Asia Just Yet

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While DreamWorks is set to launch its Chinese venture in Shanghai and to collaborate with South Korean animation studios, John Lasseter says Disney-Pixar has no immediate plans for localized projects in Asia. "At this point in time, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, we have artists from all over the world working for us. We are working on handcrafted films at our in-house studios," Lasseter told Korean reporters on Tuesday in Seoul, where he kicked off the company's Asia tour. About the growth of other animation firms, he said he welcomes a healthy competition. "I'd rather be a

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- Lee Hyo-won

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China Box Office: Stellar Showing by 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy firmed up its stellar position atop the world's second biggest film market in its first full week, taking $37.97 million to bring its 10-day cume to $69.04 million. The Disney movie, which is only screening in 3D in China, took $30.07 million in the week to Oct. 19, according to the research body Entgroup, with 249,770 screenings and 6.03 million admissions. The strong performance comes despite some reservations about the Chinese translation, with complaints on social media that the subtitles are taking a lot of the wit out of

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- Clifford Coonan

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Red Carpet Score Card: Oscar de la Renta's Record Year

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In September -- just before he passed away on Monday at the age of 82 -- The Hollywood Reporter named Oscar de la Renta one of 2014's most influential red carpet designers. And that he was, with his graceful, modernly elegant gowns making an astounding 54 appearances on red carpets in the past 12 months. "I feel very lucky to work with such extraordinary women.  It is a tremendous honor and a great pleasure. My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her best. If I have made a woman feel beautiful, then that would be my ultimate contribution,

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- THR Staff

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'The Voice' Recap: Battles Continue, But Gwen Stefani Can't Steal Singers

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The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani. The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously found herself in showdowns with Blake Shelton during the blind auditions, and kept sparring with Adam Levine throughout Monday night's battles. Though she has perfected the art of the last-second button-push and even started singing the opening lines of her "Hollaback Girl" hit, Levine walked up to the contestant's family in the

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- Ashley Lee

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Hillary Clinton Hollywood Fundraiser Nets $2.1M for Democrats

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Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's ultra-elite Hollywood fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood on Monday raised $2.1 million for Democrats in tight Senate races, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  Tickets for the dinner, co-hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, sold for $32,400 per person, but donors also were given the option of contributing up to $211,200 to the Grassroots Victory Project 2014, a joint fundraising committee authorized by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to benefit candidates around the country, making the fundraiser the largest of the season. Read more Hillary Clinton Flying Monkey

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- Tina Daunt

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Hollywood Mourns Oscar de la Renta on Social Media

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The news Monday night that Oscar de la Renta died at 82 following a long battle with cancer left many of his Hollywood fans and fashion industry insiders mourning the loss of the legendary fashion designer. Taylor Swift wrote "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory" next to an Instagram photo of the singer-songwriter in one of his creations. Others taking to social media to remember de la Renta included Christian Siriano, New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, Gloria Estefan, Padma

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- THR Staff

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'Trouble With the Curve' Lawsuit Refiled in L.A. Superior Court

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A producer who claims the idea for the Clint Eastwood movie Trouble With the Curve was stolen from his company refiled his lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, demanding at least $5 million. The suit was previously dismissed by a federal court. In October 2013, Ryan A. Brooks first filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging his company Gold Glove Productions LLC had hired a screenwriter in 2008 and they had developed a script very similar to that of the movie. At that time, Eastwood and Warner Bros. were among those named

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- Alex Ben Block

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Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

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Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy ReaganHillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn by Amal Alamuddin at her wedding in September to George Clooney. Movie stars such as Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Kristen Stewart also were great fans of the designer.   De la Renta was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. At 18, he moved

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- Abid Rahman

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Phillip Phillips, Trisha Yearwood, Carlos Santana Confirmed for World Series

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American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, Trisha Yearwood, Carlos Santana and Little Big Town are among the entertainers slated to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 World Series, a Fox spokesperson has confirmed. Yearwood will kick things off Tuesday, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants face the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.  Read more Lorde's "Royals" Gets Banned in San Francisco for World Series Phillips will make his second appearance singing at a World Series when he takes the mic before Game 2 on Wednesday. He last appeared

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- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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'The Conjuring' Sequel Pushed for Untitled Horror Film

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The release date for horror sequel The Conjuring 2, originally slated for Oct. 23, 2015, has been moved, with New Line putting an untitled horror film its place. The first Conjuring film, directed by James Wan, hit theaters in July 2013 and has earned $318 million worldwide to date. It starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Wilson and Farmiga are expected to return for the sequel. A spinoff, Annabelle, was released in October. The film, centering on the doll from the original film, had a $37.1 million domestic debut. The Conjuring 2

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- Rebecca Ford

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Michelle Williams Exits CAA for Wme

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Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has moved from CAA to Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn. She is currently making her Broadway debut in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret, starring as Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming's Emcee. Read more 'Cabaret': Theater Review Williams came to fame with the WB's Dawson's Creek and has since become one of Hollywood's most-respected young talents, with credits that also include Oz the Great and Powerful and Shutter Island. At CAA she was with super agent Hylda

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- Rebecca Sun

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