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Ioncinephile of the Month: Sean Baker

8 November 2012 1:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This November, we feature Sean Baker, an independent filmmaker whose fourth film, Starlet premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, then continued onwards to Locarno, BFI London and most recently AFI Film Fest before being released theatrically via Music Box Films on Friday November 9th. Below is our follow-up interview where we learn more about Baker’s process and about the films that have influenced the filmmaker. Here’s Sean Baker’s personal Top Ten films of all time.

Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you?

Sean Baker: When I was in first grade, my mother brought me to the local library where they were screening selected scenes from the Universal monster films on 16mm. I remember watching the burning windmill sequence from James Whale’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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TV Bits: ‘Mad Men’ Sets Return Date, Plus: ‘Community’, ‘Glee’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Allen Gregory’, ‘Californication’, and More

9 January 2012 4:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Today's TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump: NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring AMC sets a return date for Mad Men Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block Fox's Fringe seems likely to get cancelled Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show. Let's start with some good-ish news. NBC's Community, which was put on hiatus [2] at the end of last year, will definitely be back, says NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. "I wanted to dispel any notion that it’s quietly disappearing from the schedule," he told journalists at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The network said as much back in November, »

- Angie Han

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Fox Launches Animation Unit To Supply Saturday Late-Night Block & Digital Network

8 January 2012 11:26 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox is launching a new unit for development and production of alternative animated series, shorts and user-adapted material. It will be used for the network’s Saturday 11 Pm-12:30 Am late-night block, once home of MadTV and the Spike Feresten and Wanda Sykes talk shows and currently airing reruns. The new late-night animated programming block, which will feature four new series per season, will launch in January 2013. Nick Weidenfeld, former head of program development at Adult Swim, has been tapped to run the unit, whose product will also be used for a new digital multi-platform network, which will be distributed online, on mobile apps, game consoles and video-on-demand. It kicks off in 2012 and will feature 50 original short-form pieces per year, online windows of Fox animated shows, and user-adapted content. The network has also tapped producer Hend Baghdady (Warren The Ape) as the executive in charge of production for the new division. »


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