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Busan, China's Youku to Finance Rookie Filmmakers

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The Busan International Film Festival is partnering with YoukuTudou's Youku, China's largest online video site, to support up-and-coming Asian filmmakers. The talent incubator initiative, dubbed "Asia's Masters and Newcomers Project," is designed to help unearth and promote emerging Asian filmmakers. Youku founder and CEO Victor Koo will sign a memorandum of understanding with Biff organizers on Saturday during the South Korean film festival, which opens Thursday. For three years, starting in 2015, four first-time directors and four experienced directors will receive a grant to create shorts under the initiative. The eight short films will premiere at Biff. Youku will then

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- Lee Hyo-won

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Jeffrey Katzenberg to Headline London Film Festival Industry Program

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Jeffrey Katzenberg will headline the industry events program at the BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off Oct. 8 with many Cannes favorites part of the lineup. Organizers said Wednesday that the DreamWorks Animation CEO will be featured in a keynote conversation with festival director Clare Stewart. In October, the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary. Previous keynote speakers at the festival have included James Schamus, Ken Loach, Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein. The news comes amid talk about the future of Dwa. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Katzenberg has recently been in negotiations with Japanese telecom and tech giant

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- Alex Ritman

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Analyst Lowers Discovery Earnings Estimates, Citing "Ratings Rut," Russia

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Jefferies analyst John Janedis on Wednesday lowered his second-half 2014 and 2015 earnings estimates for Discovery Communications, citing a recent "ratings rut" and advertising issues in Russia. He explained that the reduction came amid "continued ratings weakness on its three key networks [Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet], a change in legislation in Russia, which no longer permits cable network advertising in the country, and general weakness in international advertising with the World Cup and political unrest in Asia." Janedis reiterated his "hold" rating on Discovery's stock. Discovery CEO David Zaslav recently said ad trends were running "a little

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- Georg Szalai

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Ricky Gervais Releases Studio Song by 'The Office' Character David Brent

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With his most famous TV character, The Office’s David Brent, set to return to screens in upcoming mockumentary Life on the Road, Ricky Gervais has now oiled the wheels by releasing a studio version of a song by the former paper merchant middle-manager, also an aspiring rock star. "Slough", a musical tribute to the town where Gervais’ original hit series — the inspiration for the U.S. remake — was set, had already been heard in a live tour that Gervais did as Brent earlier in the year, as well as YouTube series Learn Guitar With David Brent. The

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- Alex Ritman

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Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

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Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness.  Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items carried by most protestors to counter the elements, pepper spray and tear gas. Water, food and mobile battery packs are also reportedly essential parts of the kit for demonstrators expecting to dig in for the long haul. But the most intriguing tool has been the smartphone app FireChat, which up until now

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- Abid Rahman

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Disney, Amazon Reportedly Close to Ending Dispute

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Walt Disney and Amazon.com are close to settling a dispute that led the e-commerce company to stop taking preorders of Disney DVDs, the Wall Street Journal reported. A check of upcoming Disney DVD titles on Amazon, such as Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy, confirmed that they were available for preorders on the site again. The dispute apparently involved pricing, promotion and related issues. The Journal said one such issue was the question of who must make up the difference when Amazon loses money to match competitors' prices. Read more Box-Office Milestone: Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Crosses $600

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- Georg Szalai

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Tracy Morgan May Never Be Able to Perform Again, Attorney Says

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Tracy Morgan was always gifted at making audiences laugh, but it's now unclear whether he'll get another chance to do so.  Attorney Benedict Morelli, who is representing Morgan in his lawsuit against Walmart, told the New York Post that the actor-comedian may never fully recover from the six-car accident that landed him in critical condition.  "The jury’s still out," Morelli said about whether Morgan will ever perform again. "The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer." Morelli explained that the 30 Rock actor's daily rehab routine includes therapies to improve his

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Zurich: Director Andrea Di Stefano on Why 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Is No 'Scarface 2'

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As it completes its festival run ahead of awards season, Escobar: Paradise Lost, Andrea Di Stefano's look at notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, is gaining critical momentum. Benicio Del Toro's central performance as the scruffy pot-bellied Escobar is getting most of the attention, but Di Stefano's directing – it is the Italian actor's debut behind the camera – is also garnering praise. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Zurich Film Festival, Di Stefano said he was determined to not deliver the sex, drugs and guns biopic everyone expected. “It is the first movie made about Escobar, so

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- Scott Roxborough

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Oscars: Australia Selects 'Charlie's Country' for Foreign-Language Category

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Australia has chosen Charlie's Country as its candidate for the best foreign-language category at the 2015 Oscars, Screen Australia announced Wednesday.  Charlie's Country is a semi-autobiographical tale of Charlie (David Gulpilil) who faced with renewed threats to the Aboriginal community he lives in heads into the 'bush,' the vast Australian interior where he returns the old ways of his ancestors.  The film was co-developed, written, produced and directed by Rolf de Heer, with Gulpilil also instrumental in developing the film.  Read more Field of Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders Begins to Come Into Focus Charlie’s Country

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- Abid Rahman

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Ben Affleck Berates Jon Stewart For Spoiling 'Gone Girl' in Outrageous 'Daily Show' Interview

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Editor's note: We'll add video as soon as it's made available online. Ben Affleck may have out-funnied Jon Stewart on his own show. Affleck jokingly took credit for directing David Fincher's Gone Girl, claimed Stewart ripped him off for also helming a movie about Iran, and scolded the Daily Show host for "ruining" key plot points in Gone Girl and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. See more Spoiler Alert! 'Gone Girl' and 11 Other Movies With Big Twists Affleck's The Daily Show appearance Tuesday started with Stewart admitting that Affleck (who is currently beefed up to play Batman) made him feel like a

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- Aaron Couch

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'The Voice' Recap: Can Pharrell Break Blake Shelton's Country Music Reign?

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Over the past six seasons, it's been very hard for any coach on The Voice to pull a potential country star away of Blake Shelton's inherent pull, but can the enigmatic Pharrell Williams finally do it? At one point in Tuesday night's episode, the new mentor gave it a shot. "I'm really happy to be a spectator for the incredible bloodbath that's about to happen," said Levine. "Pharrell, if you pull this off, you'll become my personal hero!" Throughout the night, Williams continued to prove himself to be an attractive and authentic audition, telling another singer, "If you go to

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- Ashley Lee

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New 'Horrible Bosses 2' Trailer Shows Awkward Sex Therapy Session

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Shower-related trouble is at the center of the latest trailer for Horrible Bosses 2. In the trailer, the three guys from the first film have invented the questionably named Shower Buddy. When their investor (Christoph Waltz) and his son (Chris Pine) steal the idea, the trio resorts to kidnapping — or is that "kidnaping"? In one scene, the guys learn that their criminal mentor (Jamie Foxx) is a very big fan of Dolly Parton's. They also uncomfortably discover that one of their former bosses (Jennifer Aniston) is now in sex therapy and is a bit judgmental toward newcomers. Jason

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Instagram Blocked in China as Pro-Democracy Protests Continue in Hong Kong

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The ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are having wide-ranging effects on Chinese social media, as the government there attempts to suppress all knowledge of what is happening in its Special Administrative Region (Sar).  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Instagram is down in large parts of China, with speculation that the government is concerned about the rapid dissemination of pictures from the Hong Kong protests. The Journal says: "Temporary tightening of social media censorship is common in China during protests or other politically sensitive events, such as the recent 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Some

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- Abid Rahman

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'Breakfast at Tiffany's': Read THR's 1961 Review

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To celebrate what would've been Truman Capote's 90th birthday, we look back at The Hollywood Reporter's 1961 review of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Although it's difficult to understand how our critic saw Holly Golightly as "a woman like many others in Manhattan," it's heartening to learn that leading men were then, as now, valued for achieving "the aura of manliness without sweat." An unusual love story, glamorous, sophisticated, with more than a touch of the bizarre. Breakfast at Tiffany's looks like a box office favorite. The Martin Jurow-Richard Shepherd production for Paramount has good names to add to its

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- THR staff

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'Agents of Shield' Stars and Creators Tackle Week 2 Mysteries

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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for this week's episode of Agents of Shield, "Heavy is the Head."] Another episode, another mystery (or three). Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade) is on ice, the Obelisk is missing, and director Coulson (Clark Gregg) is still really into  wall art. Yes, there are many questions after this week's episode. Luckily, the cast and creative team behind Agents of Shield held a press screening last week and answered some of them.  What more can we expect from Shield this season? Also read Lucy Lawless on Her Future With 'Agents of Shield': "Everything Is Possible" "It's all

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- Aaron Couch

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New 'Twilight' Short Films Are Coming to Facebook

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Fans of the Twilight series will soon have new films to watch — but they won't be coming to theaters. Lionsgate and author Stephenie Meyer are partnering with Facebook to create a new series of short films based in the popular Ya universe that will be distributed exclusively on the social network next year. As part of the initiative, called "The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," a "multiphase contest" will be held, resulting in the selection of at least five female filmmakers to helm the new shorts. Participating in the selection and mentorship of the

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- Bryan Bishop

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'Zombieland' Sequel Shuffles Forward With 'Godzilla' Writer

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The Zombieland sequel now has a writer. Sony has hired Dave Callaham for its follow-up to the hit 2009 horror-comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Insiders say Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will oversee the script with the intention for him to helm, but there is no deal. Deadline first reported the hiring of Callaham. Callaham's writing credits include this summer's Godzilla reboot, which grossed $524.9 million worldwide, and the 2010 Sylvester Stallone actioner The Expendables.  Read more 'Zombieland's' Ruben Fleischer Inks Universal TV Deal, Launches Production Company Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and collected

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- Ryan Gajewski

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First Look at 'The Water Diviner,' Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut

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Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner, will get a Boxing Day 2014 release in its home territory of Australia, distributor eOne confirmed as it debuted the film's official trailer on Wednesday. The trailer shows the film's broad sweep, with the fabulous Australian and Turkish landscapes shot by Andrew Lesnie (The Hobbit trilogy, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). It primarily focuses on Crowe, who also stars in the film as Australian farmer Connor. In the film, he journeys from the Australian bush to Istanbul, Turkey, to discover the fate of his two sons, who were believed killed or

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- Pip Bulbeck

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'Indian Ink': Theater Review

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The New York theater community has no lack of either Anglophiles or Tom Stoppard admirers. So when one of the revered playwright's dramas takes almost 20 years to make the crossing from London in a major production, it seems natural to expect an inferior effort. Like its more intellectually rigorous immediate predecessor in the Stoppard canon, Arcadia, the 1995 play Indian Ink interweaves parallel time periods and narratives to explore the mutability of memory, and this long, meandering work is unquestionably hurt by the comparison. But director Carey Perloff's lucid staging and her accomplished cast make a persuasive case for

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- David Rooney

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CBS Ordered to Pay $10.4 Million in 'NCIS' Death Lawsuit

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CBS has been ordered to pay the family of a security guard killed on the set of NCIS $10.4 million. Julio Villamariona, 52, was killed in February 2011, when the driver of a van transporting NCIS crewmembers lost control of the vehicle after having a medical emergency. The driver struck Villamariona, who was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. See more 'Midnight Rider' and More On-Set Accidents Villamariona's widow and three grown children brought the lawsuit against CBS. "I think the jury's verdict spoke loudly as to the tremendous loss the family suffered," Brian Panish,

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- Aaron Couch

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