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Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award. »
- Louis Virtel
In a story first reported by Variety, Lionsgate has licensed a 200-film library for Break.com's "Movies on Demand." The humor site, owned by Defy Media, will stream the films for free through Break.com's Web, iOS, Android, and Roku platforms, with Xbox soon to follow. Winter's Bone, Requiem for a Dream, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights are just a few of the titles being featured on the site. The company has had a minority share in Break.com since 2007, and there are 15,000 films in the Lionsgate vault. “Break has built an enormous, engaged viewing audience by creating and curating world-class video content, »
- Megan Daley
Lionsgate has licensed a 200-film library to Break, a humor-centric digital brand in which the studio has a minority equity stake.
The free ad-supported content is available at Break.com and apps in the iOS, Android and Roku platforms. Xbox is expected to soon add the Break app as well.
The pact marks the entry of Break, a property owned by Defy Media, into long-form programming licensing, which could eventually include film from other studios and/or TV programming. Break has already moved into original programming that can run anywhere from two to 50 minutes per episode. The brand started out as a website for user-generated humor video content but has gotten more ambitious in recent years.
Break is »
- Andrew Wallenstein
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