BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and FilmDistrict, a multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company, today announced a multi-year agreement through which first-run, theatrically-released films distributed by FilmDistrict will be licensed to Netflix for streaming over the Internet in the "pay TV window" a few months after their release on DVD.

Under the deal, major motion pictures that traditionally would have been licensed to premium cable channels will flow instead from FilmDistrict to Netflix for streaming to its members, beginning in 2011.

Among the first films to be covered under the deal are "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of the James Sallis' crime tale starring the Academy Award®-nominated duo Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and the sci-fi action adventure film "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, produced and co-written by Luc Besson, and co-directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.

Broadening the variety and timeliness of content available for Netflix members to watch instantly is among the company's highest priorities as it rapidly transforms itself into a service focused on streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet.

FilmDistrict was created earlier this year by Oscar®-winning producer Graham King and his business partners Tim Headington and Peter Schlessel, who became FilmDistrict's CEO. Recently, film industry veterans Bob Berney and Adrian Alperovich joined FilmDistrict as president of film distribution and president of acquisitions and operations, respectively.

Said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix: "Netflix has a long and successful history working with Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney, and I have long admired Graham King's amazing production success with movies like 'The Departed' and 'Blood Diamond,' which are among the most watched and highly rated movies of all time by Netflix members. We are thrilled to be in business with these proven tastemakers and entertainment business leaders."

"We are very excited about this new relationship with Netflix," said Mr. Alperovich. "The innovative and flexible entrepreneurial spirit they have demonstrated makes them a perfect partner for us as we build FilmDistrict into a strong independent distributor."

"Netflix has strategically developed a bold business model and they love movies," added Mr. Berney. "They have cultivated a loyal audience that gives FilmDistrict great opportunities for growth."

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) announced today that it plans to add another original project to its popular digital programming line-up: JACKASS 3.5, which will premiere in March 2011.

The third installment of JACKASS from Paramount Pictures and MTV Films - JACKASS 3D - hit theaters on October 15, 2010 and has already grossed over $155 million at the worldwide box office. The film stars Johnny Knoxville and the boys and was produced by Dickhouse Production's Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, along with Knoxville. JACKASS 3.5, which was tailor-made for launch in digital media, will feature all new content, including never-before-seen stunts, pranks and other side-splitting antics by the JACKASS crew. New stunts and antics from JACKASS 3.5 will be released online weekly and then packaged together as a feature length film distributed digitally followed by other platforms including home video.

"I don't want to say that the JACKASS guys invented the Internet, but they were doing viral videos before most people had even heard the term. That distinguished heritage makes JACKASS the perfect franchise for digital," said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. "When the JACKASS guys went to make JACKASS 3D, we proposed that we shoot a follow up to the successful JACKASS 2.5 digital feature alongside it, and everyone was up for it. In JACKASS 3.5, you are going to see an entire movie's worth of new stunts, new pranks and new gags, on whatever screen you choose."

"For JACKASS 3D we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn't make it in the film. Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5. We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5. I have staples in my head right now to prove it. Woo hoo," said JACKASS co-founder and star Johnny Knoxville.

"It's been ten years since JACKASS first launched on MTV and there is still more poo, stunts and hilarity to go around on every screen imaginable," said Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music/Logo/Films Group. "Whenever the JACKASS crew gets together, you know there will be a plethora of valuable fragments of entertainment to satiate their fans, and JACKASS 3.5 will not disappoint as the latest installment in this fine franchise."

In 2007, Paramount Digital Entertainment & MTV released JACKASS 2.5, the first digital movie released by a studio that quickly became the most successful non-theatrical release in the studio's history. In the first few weeks of launch, the digital property garnered over 20 million views and was the #1 title on iTunes the week it launched.

The JACKASS franchise first debuted as an original television series on MTV from 2000 to 2002, launching the careers of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and other now-popular personalities shown performing outrageous stunts and hysterical pranks. Since 2002, three successful JACKASS theatrical films have been produced and released by MTV Films and Paramount Pictures. JACKASS: THE MOVIE grossed more than $64 million in the United States alone, and finished in the Number 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend. JACKASS NUMBER TWO was released in September 2006 and like its predecessor, topped the box office in its debut weekend, and ultimately earned more than $72 million in cumulative box office revenues. JACKASS 3D, released this October 2010 dominated the weekend box office opening to $50 million in ticket sales, setting several records such as becoming the biggest opening ever for a non-scripted/documentary-esque film, the 10th highest opening comedy of all-time, notching the record for an October midnight gross with $2.5 million, making it a special event for throngs of moviegoers.
The JACKASS franchise also includes a JACKASS: The Game video game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. Its numerous DVD releases include JACKASS: VOL. 1, JACKASS: VOL. 2, JACKASS: THE MOVIE, JACKASS: VOL. 3, JACKASS: THE BOX SET, JACKASS NUMBER TWO, JACKASS 2.5, JACKASS WORLD PRESENTS: MATT HOFFMAN'S TRIBUTE TO EVIL KNIEVEL, and JACKASS: THE LOST TAPES.

 

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Centennial, Colo. -- This January, NCM Fathom and Run All Night Productions take audiences along for the world's largest running relay race with the premiere of Hood To Coast. This special in-theater Fathom event will be shown exclusively in nearly 350 select movie theaters on Tuesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / and 8:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed).

Hood To Coast is the inspiring new documentary that follows four teams with various levels of athletic ability on their epic journey to conquer the world's largest relay race, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2011. Audiences will join 12,000 runners (1,000 teams) and 2,000 support vans as they cover 197 grueling miles from the majestic Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean. Hood To Coast captures the love, dedication and insanity of the everyday runner, as well as the excitement, pain and humor of the unprepared first timer. As Bart Yasso of Runner's World put it, "If one documentary captures the runner's high - ‘Hood To Coast' is it!"

Tickets to Hood To Coast are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the web site (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

In addition to the feature, Hood To Coast will include a live red-carpet and interviews from Portland, Ore., as well as a pre-recorded panel discussion with celebrities of the running world as they discuss their experience of participating in the Hood To Coast (HTC) relay and its unique place in the history of American running. Panelists include Mary Decker Slaney (Olympic runner and HTC Women's course record holder), Bart Yasso (editor, Runners World), Kenny Moore (Olympic runner, HTC runner and Sports Illustrated writer), Bob Foote (HTC founder and organizer) and director Christoph Baaden, among others.

"Hood To Coast astounds audiences with its amazing stories of the teams who push themselves to their very limits and beyond," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "Audiences in movie theaters will be truly inspired by the passion of these runners against 197 miles of the Northwest's toughest terrain."

Hood To Coast will be shown in 348 select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Rave Motion Pictures, R/C Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as The Grand Theatre (Bismarck, ND) and Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

 

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kidsareallrightnews.pngJeremy Renner and Eva Mendes announced the nominees this morning. For best feature, the nominees are:

127 Hours
Black Swan
Greenberg
The Kids Are All Right
Winter's Bone

The full list of nominees:

BEST DIRECTOR
DARREN ARONOFSKY - Black Swan
DANNY BOYLE - 127 Hours
LISA CHOLODENKO - The Kids Are All Right
DEBRA GRANIK - Winter's Bone
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL - Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY
STUART BLUMBERG & LISA CHOLODENKO -
The Kids Are All Right
DEBRA GRANIK & ANNE ROSELLINI - Winter's Bone
NICOLE HOLOFCENER - Please Give
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE - Rabbit Hole
TODD SOLONDZ - Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE
(Award given to the director and producer)
EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW
DIRECTOR: Frazer Bradshaw
PRODUCERS: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
GET LOW
DIRECTOR: Aaron Schneider
PRODUCERS: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
NIGHT CATCHES US
DIRECTOR: Tanya Hamilton
PRODUCERS: Sean Costello, Jason Orans,
Ronald Simons
THE LAST EXORCISM
DIRECTOR: Daniel Stamm
PRODUCERS: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss,
Eric Newman, Eli Roth
TINY FURNITURE
DIRECTOR: Lena Dunham
PRODUCERS: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
DIANE BELL - Obselidia
LENA DUNHAM - Tiny Furniture
NIK FACKLER - Lovely, Still
BOB GLAUDINI - Jack Goes Boating
DANA ADAM SHAPIRO & EVAN M. WIENER -
Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000;
award given to the writer, director, and producer)
* Executive Producers are not listed.
DADDY LONGLEGS
WRITERS/DIRECTORS: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
PRODUCERS: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
LBS.
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bonifacio
WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Matthew Bonifacio,
Carmine Famiglietti
LOVERS OF HATE
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bryan Poyser
PRODUCER: Megan Gilbride
OBSELIDIA
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Diane Bell
PRODUCERS: Chris Byrne, Matthew Medlin
THE EXPLODING GIRL
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bradley Rust Gray
PRODUCERS: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD
ANNETTE BENING - The Kids Are All Right
GRETA GERWIG - Greenberg
NICOLE KIDMAN - Rabbit Hole
JENNIFER LAWRENCE - Winter's Bone
NATALIE PORTMAN - Black Swan
MICHELLE WILLIAMS - Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD
RONALD BRONSTEIN - Daddy Longlegs
AARON ECKHART - Rabbit Hole
JAMES FRANCO - 127 Hours
JOHN C. REILLY - Cyrus
BEN STILLER - Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
ASHLEY BELL - The Last Exorcism
DALE DICKEY - Winter's Bone
ALLISON JANNEY - Life During Wartime
DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA - Jack Goes Boating
NAOMI WATTS - Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
JOHN HAWKES - Winter's Bone
SAMUEL L. JACKSON - Mother and Child
BILL MURRAY - Get Low
JOHN ORTIZ - Jack Goes Boating
MARK RUFFALO - The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
ADAM KIMMEL - Never Let Me Go
MATTHEW LIBATIQUE - Black Swan
JODY LEE LIPES - Tiny Furniture
MICHAEL McDONOUGH - Winter's Bone
HARRIS SAVIDES - Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY
(Award given to the director)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
DIRECTOR: Banksy
MARWENCOL
DIRECTOR: Jeff Malmberg
SWEETGRASS
DIRECTORS: Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
RESTREPO
DIRECTORS: Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger
THUNDER SOUL
DIRECTOR: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM
(Award given to the director)
KISSES (Ireland)
DIRECTOR: Lance Daly
MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (France)
DIRECTOR: Stéphane Brizé
OF GODS AND MEN (Morocco)
DIRECTOR: Xavier Beauvois
THE KING'S SPEECH (United Kingdom)
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
(Thailand)
DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director, and its
ensemble cast)
PLEASE GIVE
DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener
CASTING DIRECTOR: Jeanne McCarthy
ENSEMBLE CAST: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall,
Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt,
Lois Smith, Sarah Steele

2011 NOMINEES
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources
demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award
includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. The Finalists are:
IN-AH LEE producer of AU REVOIR TAIPEI
ADELE ROMANSKI producer of THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER
ANISH SAVJANI producer of MEEK'S CUTOFF
Piaget Producers Award Nominating Committee:
Karin Chien (chair), Seth Caplan, Lisa Cortes, Amy Kaufman, Barry Mendel

FILMMAKER GRANT NOMINEES
ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has
not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.
The Finalists are:
HOSSEIN KESHAVARZ director of DOG SWEAT
LAUREL NAKADATE director of THE WOLF KNIFE
MIKE OTT director of LITTLEROCK
Acura Someone To Watch Award Nominating Committee:
Alison Dickey (chair), Kyle Patrick Alvarez, James Faust, Tom Hall, Ella Taylor

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction
features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted
grant funded by AVEENO®. The Finalists are:
ILISA BARBASH & LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR directors of SWEETGRASS
JEFF MALMBERG director of MARWENCOL
LYNN TRUE & NELSON WALKER directors of SUMMER PASTURE

AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Nominating Committee:
Darius Marder (chair), Lesley Chilcott, Geeta Ghandbir, Eugene Hernandez, Laura Thielen

JAMESON FIND YOUR AUDIENCE AWARD
The Jameson FIND Your Audience Award was established this year to help make it possible for one Spirit
Award-nominated film to find a broader audience. Spirit Award-nominated films in need of expanding their
marketing and distribution efforts will be considered. The award includes a $50,000 marketing and
distribution grant, funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey. The grant was designed to meet independent
filmmakers' biggest challenge today: How to get their films out into the marketplace. A blue-ribbon
committee will determine the winner.
All of the winners of our filmmaker grants will be highlighted at the Spirit Awards and announced at
the Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 15 at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

 

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michaeldouglasnews.pngSource: THR

In an interview in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Douglas breaks the silence to discuss his battle with cancer. Despite reports to the contrary, the Oscar-winning actor is in relatively good shape considering what he's been through. His trademark voice hasn't been destroyed as a result of his extensive treatments.

"After all the adversity I've had this year," says Douglas, "with my health and my son's incarceration, my ex-wife and the lawsuit -- to be able to sit here and talk to you, I'm so happy."

Douglas is generating Oscar buzz for his performances in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Solitary Man.

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