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Stanley Karnow, Author of 'Vietnam: A History,' Dies at 87

27 January 2013 3:00 PM, PST

Stanley Karnow, who wrote a definitive book about the Vietnam War, "Vietnam: A History," and later won a Pulitzer for a history of the Philippines, died Sunday morning. He was 87. Karnow had congestive heart failure and died in his sleep at his home in Potomac, Md., his son Michael Karnow told the Associated Press. After covering the war for Time, the Washington Post and other publications through the 1970s, Karnow worked on an epic PBS documentary and wrote the million-selling "Vietnam: A History," which was published in 1983. The PBS series won »


- Todd Cunningham

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'Django' Steals Overseas Box-Office Show With $42M 2nd Week

27 January 2013 1:53 PM, PST

"Django Unchained" stole the spotlight in a week of high-profile overseas box office debuts and milestones. Quentin Tarantino's slave saga, a Best Picture Oscar nominee, brought in a very strong $42.9 million over the weekend and is proving an international hit. That was the best of any U.S. film at the foreign box office and comes on the heels of its $48 million international debut last weekend. It launched No. 1 in Australia ($4.2 million) and New Zealand ($385,000), and held the top spots for a second week in Germany ($8.1 »


- Todd Cunningham

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Screen Actors Guild Awards Telecast Live on TNT, TBS

27 January 2013 10:30 AM, PST

Hollywood's awards season drama continues Sunday with the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards are decided exclusively by actors and set the stage for the Oscars, voted by about 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to be handed out four weeks later. The SAG ceremony will also includes eight primetime television categories. Also read: 'Argo' Named Best Motion Picture at PGA Awards The event will be shown live from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on TNT and TBS on Sunday, at 8 p.m. »

- Todd Cunningham

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What I Learned at Sundance 2013: The Indie Business Lives (Video)

27 January 2013 10:14 AM, PST

At Sundance 2013 I learned that the independent movie business is alive and well and evolving rapidly before our eyes. Among other signals -- including a dozen-plus acquisitions of movies at the festival -- a panel convened by TheWrap of three veteran indie directors and producers debating with digital-era leaders suggested that the current and future business looks exciting. But don't blink too often. It's all happening with dizzying speed.  In the past year, two of the companies on the panel -- Slated, which offers equity financing to film projects, and Indieflix, »

- Sharon Waxman

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'Hansel and Gretel' Slays Box Office as Other Star Vehicles Sputter

27 January 2013 9:34 AM, PST

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," an R-rated 3D update of the classic Grimm's fairy tale starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, slashed its way to $19 million and the the top of the domestic box office on a weekend that saw some stars stumble. But industry analysts had expected more from the movie considering the premium pricing from the 2,900 3D and Imax locations out of a market-high 3,373 theaters. The 3D locations accounted for 55 percent of the grosses, and Imax brought in 11 percent.  Cold and tough weather across much »


- Todd Cunningham

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'Argo' Named Best Motion Picture at PGA Awards

26 January 2013 10:25 PM, PST

Ben Affleck's "Argo" has sealed its comeback from Oscar-nomination disappointment to become the clear frontrunner in the Best Picture race, winning the top feature-film award from the Producers Guild of America on Saturday night. "Argo" producers Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov were given the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, an honor that is one of the most reliable of all Oscar precursors. This year's best-picture race has been wide open, with "Lincoln" landing the most Oscar nominations and "Argo" seemingly hurt by the fact that »


- Steve Pond

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2013 PGA Awards: Complete List of Winners & Nominees

26 January 2013 10:09 PM, PST

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures >> Winner: Argo (Warner Bros.)
 Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures) 
 Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company)
 Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
 Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh Life of Pi (Fox 2000 Pictures) 
 Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
 Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
 Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales Silver Linings Playbook »


- Steve Pond

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Sundance 2013: Weinstein's RADiUS Acquires 'Cutie and the Boxer' Documentary

26 January 2013 9:04 PM, PST

RADiUS-twc, the multi-platform label from the Weinstein Company, has acquired North American and French rights to Sundance documentary, "Cutie and the Boxer."  Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling, below, the film focuses on the 40-year love story of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who met and married in New York in the early 1970s. Heinzerling won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award on Saturday night at Sundance's awards ceremony.    The film was produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns and Sierra Pettengill. Kiki Miyake is the executive producer. David Teague is the editor and »


- Lew Harris

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Sundance Awards: 'Fruitvale,' 'Blood Brother' Take Top Prizes

26 January 2013 7:38 PM, PST

"Fruitvale" and "Blood Brother" took the top prizes at the 2013 Sundance Awards, announced during a ceremony Saturday night in Park City, Utah. "Fruitvale" won the Grand Jury Prize among dramatic films, and also won the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic films. "Blood Brother performed the same two-step on the Documentary side. Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosted the event, which honors the best films, performances and filmmaking at this year's festival.   A River Changes Course" took the Grand Jury Prize Among the World Cinema documentaries. Kalyanee Mam's film tracks three Cambodians who see a »


- Lucas Shaw

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Sundance 2013: Oscilloscope Buys 'Mother of George'

26 January 2013 6:04 PM, PST

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to "Mother of George," Andrew Dosunmu's film about a couple's struggles to conceive a child. The film premiered Jan. 18 at Sundance, prompting the New York Times' Manohla Dargis to laud it as "visually splendid" and Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman as "dazzingly shot." Dosunmu's film stars Danai Gurira as Adenike and Isaach De Bankole as Ayodele, the owner of a Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn. As their nuptials approach, Adenike struggles to conceive a child and must decide whether to permit her fiancé to have his child »


- Lucas Shaw

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'Hansel and Gretel': 3D Witch Whackers Leading Slow Weekend Box Office

26 January 2013 8:56 AM, PST

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" opened to $6 million on Friday and is leading what is shaping up as a soft weekend at the box office. That puts the R-rated action fantasy from Paramount and MGM on course for a three-day total of $17 million, closer to the projections of the studios than analysts, who had it doing north of $20 million. The Friday numbers were swelled by midnight Thursday screenings and "Hansel and Gretel" is also benefiting from the premium 3D pricing at roughly 2,900 of its 3,373 locations. Also read: »

- Todd Cunningham

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Sundance 2013: 'We Are What We Are' to Entertainment One

26 January 2013 8:34 AM, PST

Entertainment One has acquired the U.S. rights to Jim Mickle's horror thriller "We Are What We Are" for theatrical release planned for later this year, the company announced Saturday. The film premiered this week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In "We Are What We Are," a re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, Jim Mickle paints a gripping and gruesome portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive. Bill Sage ("Boardwalk Empire"), Ambryr Childers ("The Master"), and Julie Garner ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") star, »


- Todd Cunningham

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Disney Confirms: J.J. Abrams to Direct New 'Star Wars'

25 January 2013 10:49 PM, PST

The Walt Disney Company confirmed on Friday evening that director J.J. Abrams would direct the new "Star Wars" movie, which TheWrap first reported on Thursday. In a news release the studio, which last year bought Lucasfilm, announced: "J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay." TheWrap's news break went around the world on Thursday, sparking debate among the franchise's »


- Sharon Waxman

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'House' Creator David Shore's Legal Pilot Picked Up by ABC

25 January 2013 8:51 PM, PST

ABC is experiencing some "Doubt" with David Shore's latest project -- but that's actually a good thing for the "House M.D." creator. The network has picked up Shore's drama pilot, "Doubt," ABC said Friday. Also read: David Shore Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV The pilot centers on a former cop who's now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer. The down-market attorney uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. The pilot is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, with whom »


- Tim Kenneally

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'Star Wars' by J.J. Abrams, by the Internet (Video)

25 January 2013 5:13 PM, PST

Want an early preview of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars"? The Internet is happy to help. A proud owner of Adobe After Effects saw the countless tweets about how Abrams would inevitably give the saga his oft-criticized "lens flare" treatment, and got to work. Also read: J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Next 'Star Wars' Film (Exclusive) We get it, "Star Wars" fans. You don't want the next film in the franchise to look like "Super 8" or "Star Trek." If Abrams' has read any of the comments on stories reporting he's been hired to continue »


- Greg Gilman

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Academy Shows Some Respect to Costume Designers, Makeup Artists With Branch Changes

25 January 2013 4:57 PM, PST

The men and women responsible for the look of motion pictures are getting increasing representation within the Academy with the creation of a new Costume Designers Branch, AMPAS announced on Friday. At the same time, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is being brought into parity with the rest of the Academy's branches, moving from a single governor to a full complement of three. The moves were made on Wednesday night at a meeting of the Academy's Board of Governors, which will expand from 43 to 48 members as a result of »

- Steve Pond

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How Fox Searchlight Made the Biggest Deal at Sundance: $9.75M on an Egg Sandwich

25 January 2013 4:38 PM, PST

The biggest sale at Sundance this year -- "The Way, Way Back" -- began with a promise and ended with a fried egg sandwich. Producer Kevin J. Walsh, a former assistant to Scott Rudin, told the agents selling his movie that he'd make everyone food if they closed a big deal. But before he could cook, a bidding war broke out that would pit the favored Fox Searchlight against a half-dozen other studios, including Lionsgate, Paramount, Magnolia, FilmDistrict and Open Road. Fox Searchlight won out and paid one of the highest prices »


- Lucas Shaw

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The CW Orders 'The Hundred' Drama Pilot, 2 Others

25 January 2013 4:26 PM, PST

The CW has gone post-apocalyptic with its pilot orders. The network has placed an order for the drama pilot "The Hundred," based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan (which has received an initial two-book order from Little, Brown). The pilot will be set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Jason Rothenberg is writing as well as executive producing the project, which comes from Warner Bros. Television and »


- Tim Kenneally

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Movie Downloading May Become a Chip in Internet Gambling Dispute

25 January 2013 4:16 PM, PST

Antigua and Barbuda could become a new battleground over movie downloads in the Caribbean nation's effort to drive the U.S. to settle a trade dispute that has blocked Americans from using the island's internet gambling site. Mark Mendel, a lawyer representing the islands, confirmed to The Wrap a Reuters report that Antigua is considering allowing a copyright license free file site to be housed on the island. But he also said the file sharing site is just one sanction among many being explored because the U.S. has been unwilling to resolve »

- Ira Teinowitz

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IFC Films Acquires David Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

25 January 2013 3:37 PM, PST

IFC Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as married bandits in 1970s Texas who set their sights on a local sheriff, played by Ben Foster. IFC paid in the low seven figures for the rights, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. "Coming into Sundance, this was one of the biggest titles on our list and probably on many buyers lists, and so we ecstatic about this acquisition »


- Lucas Shaw

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