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Beijing Film Fest: Chis Dodd Presents Prize to Film Workshop Winner

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MPAA chairman Chris Dodd was on hand in Beijing Saturday to present the top prize to the winner of the Mpa-sponsored Beijing Film Workshop. Aspiring Chinese director Zheng Ye, who wrote and presented the feature film project Momo, took home the award. The director pitched his project to a jury of renowned Chinese and international filmmakers and executives during the event held during the Beijing International Film Festival last week. Photos: Beijing Film Fest Brings Out Chinese, Hollywood Stars Handing Zheng the prize, Dodd said: “The film and television industry in China continues to generate excitement and opportunities and is

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Joss Whedon Releases His Latest Film via Vimeo for $5 (Video)

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The latest Joss Whedon project to reach the big screen, indie drama In Your Eyes, was released simultaneously on all manner of small screen during its world premiere at the Tribecca Film Festival Sunday night. The Avengers director's production company Bellwether Pictures announced that it was making the film available on its website via Vimeo for $5 immediately following the screening in New York. Busy shooting the The Avengers 2, Whedon wasn't able to attend the film's premiere, but he appeared onscreen in a short video message after the credits. Video: Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2' Shoot in Seoul "It's not

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Wins Saturday Ratings Battle, Audience Drops

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Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent topped the Saturday night ratings in the U.K. again with an average of 9.31 million viewers, according to ratings data.  However, the figures were down about 1.8 million from the prior week's season 8 launch episode of the ITV talent competition, which became the highest-rated season opener ever for the show. The season opener had drawn 11.1 million viewers on average. Photos: Behind the Scenes With Simon Cowell's Right-Hand Woman The second episode attracted 45.5 percent of British homes watching TV at the time. The show featured

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- Georg Szalai

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Japan Box Office: 'Frozen' Sails Past $100 Million, 'Captain America' Opens at No. 2

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Tokyo – Frozen took another $8 million (¥827 million) over the weekend at the Japanese box office, taking its cumulative total to $104.6 million (¥10.7 billion) from more than 8.67 million admissions, after six weeks at number one. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened in a distant second, taking $2 million (¥199 million) from 143,000 admissions, making it a bumper weekend for Disney in Japan. Photos: The Making of Disney's Animated Oscar Contender 'Frozen' In 2010, the last time Hollywood had a strong year at the Japanese box office, Alice in Wonderland finished with $115 million (¥11.8

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- Gavin J. Blair

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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 2, 'A Day's Work'

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The consequences of deceit have always been a hallmark of Mad Men episodes, but “A Day’s Work” decided to carry the water on that theme quite impressively Sunday night.  Hanging over the conclusion of season six was the aspect of Sally catching Don sleeping with Sylvia. Don showing Sally who he really was and where he came from was essential – the look they shared in that finale said a lot. But some things need to come out verbally and they did in this episode. The Don-Sally connection was really the through-line in an episode that highlighted

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- Tim Goodman

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'True Blood' Season 7 Trailer: 'There's No One Left' (Video)

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Ready for the final season of True Blood? HBO debuted the first footage from the seventh season on Easter Sunday with a new teaser featuring Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Co. dealing with the Hep-v vampires wreaking havoc around town. "How can this be happening in this day and age, that our government would leave us for dead? Now the good folks in this town are turning on each other acting like animals. Why they'd do such a thing?" Sookie asks as the gravity of the situation hits home. "There's no one left." Watch the promo below. True Blood

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- Philiana Ng

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Shanghai Film Corporation Among List of 28 Firms Planning Ipo

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Shanghai Film Corporation Ltd. is one of 28 prospectuses posted on the website of the China Securities Regulatory Commission at the weekend, a sign that the government is seeking to revive the slumbering market for Initial Public Offerings. Shanghai Film Corp. is planning to raise $155.63 million (969 million yuan) in its Ipo and will look for a listing on the Shanghai bourse. Shanghai Film Corp, which is owned by the Shanghai city government, is a film production company that also distributes and exhibits movies. It also has studios, a documentary producing unit and animation facilities. While not technically

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- Clifford Coonan

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Tribeca: 'Zombeavers' Director, Stars Say of Viral Trailer, 'It Looks Ridiculous and It's Supposed to Be'

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Indie horror film Zombeavers doesn't even have a U.S. distributor yet but its trailer already has 2.3 million views on YouTube, 1.7 million amassed during its first two weeks on the site. At the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the movie, director Jordan Rubin took The Hollywood Reporter inside the experience of having the trailer go viral, saying that he saw the view count "skyrocket" in four or five days before seeing stars and comedian friends of his tweeting about the video to their many followers. Video: 'Zombeavers' Director Says This Isn't 'Sharknado' "I started to see

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- Hilary Lewis

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'Game of Thrones' Recap: Jaime Takes Incest to Disturbing Next Level

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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "Breaker of Chains"] Is Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ready to add "breaker of chains" to her long list of honorifics? Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones ended in classic Daenerys fashion, with the Mother of Dragons marching on Meereen. The scene was reminiscent of her previous slave city conquests, but this one came with a new twist: trebuchets. Photos: 'Game of Thrones': 20 Best Quotes No dragons were unleashed, and perhaps they won't be needed. Daenerys' plan centered on her winning the hearts and minds of the enslaved population, with the

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- Aaron Couch

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Violet: Theater Review

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New York – Broad strokes and big effects often appear to be the default setting for Broadway musicals, so it's always refreshing to see a modestly scaled show in which the cast and creative team trust in the value of emotional intimacy. Driven by a performance of incandescent yearning from Sutton Foster that's all the more moving for its restraint, Violet is a delicate wildflower, craning toward the sun. Director Leigh Silverman's spirited yet sensitive production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's country, bluegrass and gospel-flavored 1997 musical makes this poignant story of a facially disfigured farm girl's journey

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- David Rooney

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