Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cannes Announces 2013 Lineup, CinemaCon: Sony Highlights 2013 Slate, Judge Allows Cinemark - Aurora Lawsuits To Proceed

Cannes Announces 2013 Lineup, CinemaCon: Sony Highlights 2013 Slate, Judge Allows Cinemark - Aurora Lawsuits To Proceed

Cannes 2013: Soderbergh, Polanski, Payne, Coen Brothers Part of Festival Competition Lineup

Cannes president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux unveiled the competition lineup, winnowed down from 1,858 submissions. Steven Spielberg will head the jury, while Jane Campion will oversee the short film competition category. Thomas Vinterberg will lead the jury for the Un Certain Regard portion. The lineup for the 66th annual festival, running May 15-26, is included. (THR)

CinemaCon: Can 2013 Slate Power Sony To Top First Place 2012

Sony took a different approach during their CinemaCon program, with Sony exec Rory Bruer running a 51-minute highlight reel of their 2013 films, not solely focusing on summer offerings. Sony led the box-office last year with $4.4 billion. (DH)

Judge Denies Attempt to Dismiss 10 Lawsuits Over Aurora Theater Shooting

U.S. District Court judge Richard Brooke Jackson will allow the lawsuits against Cinemark to proceed, while writing in his ruling that there could be, “reactions like, 'how could a theater be expected to prevent something like this?' I confess that I am one of those people." (THRE)

David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps To The Stars’ Finds Julianne Moore, John Cusack & EOne

eOne and Prospero Pictures will team on the ghostly ensemble thriller starring Moore, Cusack and Robert Pattinson, written by screenwriter and novelist Bruce Wagner. (DH)

Twitter Launches ‘Twitter #music ‘App and Service

The free app focuses on music discovery as opposed to operating as a free music streaming service. Twitter is still working with iTunes but to hear full songs, a Spotify or Rdio subscription is needed; Pandora was not listed as a music partner. The app is now available for iPhones via the App Store - no Android version was announced – and the desktop/Web version will launch later today. (MASH)

Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of A Rating War

The NYT Magazine’s take on the behind the scenes resentments, internal executive/talent discontent that snowballed into an alleged ‘Operation Bambi’ mission to oust co-host Ann Curry – a televised debacle that continues to hobble the former ratings winner – with no immediate savior in sight. (NYT)

Facebook's Big Misogyny Problem

Facebook’s response to increased complaints over content pages touting, among other criminal activities, abused and raped women - and the free speech debate vs. guidelines applied to their 1 billion users - underscores an increasingly disturbing trend facing social media. (GUAR)

One Film's Rise Is Fueled By Another's Demise

Director Gil Kofman headed to China to make his film, Case Sensitive, after losing U.S. financing twice. A series of creative, financial and culture differences between Kofman and his Chinese collaborators unraveled into what is now the documentary of the experience, Unmade In China, opening this Friday in limited release. (LAT)

Guggenheim Digital Media Buys Remaining Stake in Backstage, Sonic Bids

Guggenheim, owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek, has purchased the stake it didn't own in Backstage and Sonic Bids and will combine the latter two with Billboard to create The Billboard Group. (AW)

The Fate of the Final ‘Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23’ Episodes

The eight remaining episodes will be available via iTunes, Hulu, and ABC's website on May 17. (VUL)


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