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'Citizenfour' Producers Are Being Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks By Clip Syndicate The U.S. government still wants to get its hands on Edward Snowden, the former CIA officer who has detailed the extent to which the NSA spies on citizens. Here's a timely question: Would the federal government ever do anything about Citizenfour , the Oscar-contending documentary that features Snowden? So far, the Barack Obama administration has given the film a pass, but on Friday, one former government official decided that enough was enough. Horace Edwards, who identifies himself as a retired naval officer and the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, has filed a lawsuit in Kansas federal court that seeks a constructive trust over monies derived from the distribution of Citizenfour.

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Sony Wants 'The Interview' Out Soon, but Crackle? Not so Fast By Clip Syndicate Mashable has learned, Sony is hellbent on releasing The Interview as soon as it's able, but reports that the battered studio is debuting the movie on its free online streaming service Crackle are false. It will be distributed. Sony maintains it pulled the film from its Christmas Day slot only after the major movie theaters decided en masse not to show it.

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"Only 78" Documentary Filmed With Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras Jawad Mir is a Toronto based filmmaker who owns and runs two production companies: Film-Style Weddings and Sky Blue Productions. Film-Style Weddings offers high end wedding videography services, while Sky Blue Productions focuses on commercials and films. Jawad's passion for story telling is evident in both companies' productions. He aims to tell simple but meaningful stories in an insightful and powerful way. Jawad recently learned of a small coastal community in Nova Scotia, which is at risk of becoming uninhabitable on account of a deteriorating seawall. He has set out to make a documentary about the issue of various coastal communities. To tell the story of "Only 78," Jawad and his crew used two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Sony Stock Rises in Tokyo After Studio Cancels 'The Interview' Release By Clip Syndicate Sony Corp.'s stock closed 4.8 percent higher in Thursday trading after its film studio unit pulled the theatrical release of The Interview following threats of violence against cinemas screening the film. The nation’s largest exhibitors had all decided not to show the comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco due to the threats from hackers that have been releasing Sony movies, executive emails and other material online.

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LA Mayor Announces Plan to Outfit Every Police Officer With a Body Camera By Clip Syndicate Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan to purchase body cameras for every Los Angeles police officer during a press conference on Tuesday. Garcetti said he plans to set aside money in his next budget to fund the purchase of 7,000 body cameras for LA police officers as part of a plan to equip every officer with the technology. The decision comes amid ongoing controversy over several high-profile police killings that have led to heightened scrutiny of policing practices nationwide. ...Read More »
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Awarding-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. ...Read More »
Sony Faces 2nd Class Action Suit Over Data Breach By Clip Syndicate A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment by two former employees whose private data was stolen from the company's servers and posted online. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Sony of waiting too long to notify employees that data such as Social Security numbers, salaries and medical records had been stolen. The suit is filed by two former Sony film production workers, Susan Dukow and Yvonne Yaconelli. ...Read More »
Sony Hackers Invoke 9/11 in Threat Against Theaters Showing The Interview; Former Studio Employees File Class-Action Lawsuit By Clip Syndicate As if there wasn't enough to feel sorry for Sony over. Along with another clump of stolen files, the group that has claimed responsibility for the hacking that has Hollywood rattled sent a warning message this morning regarding the "Christmas gift" it previously promised to those responsible for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview. Meanwhile, two former Sony employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the studio in federal court on behalf of themselves and others "similarly situated," alleging that Sony failed to competently protect their personal information. Among the personal data stolen and leaked by the hackers: Social Security numbers, salary information, health care records, severance package details and many private emails.

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Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' Sweeps European Film Awards By Clip Syndicate Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s "Ida", a drama about a young novitiate nun who discovers her parents were Jewish and perished in the Holocaust, dominated the European Film Awards on Saturday, winning five prizes, including best film, best director and people’s choice. "Ida" also won the Special Presentations award at 2013 Toronto film festival. It has been nominated for the best foreign language film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and for the foreign-language Academy Award.

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'Yasukuni' Director Says 2007 Film Timelier Than Ever By Clip Syndicate With Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken", about Japan's brutal treatment of prisoners during World War Two, being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary "Yasukuni" has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses on the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that memorializes more than two million Japanese war dead, among them war criminals convicted of inhumane treatment of prisoners of war.

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