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Born and raised in New York, Anne Thompson has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, London Observer, Vanity Fair and Wired. She was a film columnist at Variety and deputy editor of Variety.com, where she first launched her daily blog, “Thompson on Hollywood,” which is now on Indiew...
Universal is under new management. And another specialty division bites the dust. I may be overstating it, but safe to say, the old Focus Features–a high-class specialty division with an eye for awards worthy content–is no more. Longtime Focus CEO and co-founder James Schamus, a New Yorker of discernment who managed to work within a major studio’s financial expectations for 12 years, is finally leaving the studio.
After earning an Oscar nomination for "Savages" a decade ago, the filmmaker thought her next movie would be easier to get made. "Private Life" stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn. After she earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for “The Savages” in 2008, along with a Best Actress nomination for star Laura Linney, writer-director Tamara Jenkins looked forward to a smoother run.
The pricetags may not match last year's, but there's plenty of product for sale at Sundance 2018. When Amazon Studios won “The Big Sick” with a $12 million bid, it was no surprise: it came to the festival very aware of the film and what it could offer, and were ready to pay. Netflix plopped down $12.5 million on “Mudbound” just to lay claim the festival’s biggest buy; no one else was in the running. This year brings a different set of expectations.
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