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ACADEMY TACKLES STATE OF NONFICTION

Contemporary documentarians will explore the rapidly-changing landscape and increasing profile of documentary filmmaking in "The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest installment of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ John Huston Lecture series, on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will be moderated by R.J. Cutler, producer-director of "The September Issue" (2009) and producer of "The War Room" (1993).

While information may be spreading faster and distribution choices are evolving at a dizzying pace, non-fiction filmmakers continue to find cutting-edge solutions and storytelling forms to prove that truth is often better than fiction. Despite the significant hurdles their producers and distributors often face, theatrical documentaries have gained a newfound popularity, in many cases because of their willingness to challenge the status quo and delve into the drama, humor and fascination of real life.

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2 studios to offer movies, TV shows via UltraViolet
With the official launch of the UltraViolet "digital locker" set for Tuesday, Sony and Warner Bros. will be the only major studios offering movies and television shows through the cloud-based service in the first few months. Other Hollywood studios and digital-content providers are expected to follow suit early next year, according to the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, the industry consortium behind UltraViolet

Hulu weighs acquisition offers, considers alternatives to sale
Advisers for Hulu reportedly are busy weighing the merits of competing offers from DISH Network, Amazon.com and Google following last week's deadline for bidding on the online video service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prospective buyers have reportedly offered between $1.5 billion to $2 billion for Hulu, but sources say the company is still not certain a sale is its best option and is considering an alternative course.

Netflix drops controversial DVD spinoff plan

Online-streaming giant Netflix has abandoned plans to break off its DVD rental business into a separate unit called Qwikster, following a public backlash against the plan, which was announced just three weeks ago in a blog posting by company CEO Reed Hastings. Subscribers will now be able to get both streaming and DVD content using the same Netflix.com account, although a 60% price hike for disc rentals remains in effect. News of the decision to drop Qwikster sent Netflix stock up 10%, a reversal of weeks of declining share prices

Report: Advertisers turning to rich media, video in lieu of display
The rise of interactive video and social media as popular advertising platforms is stealing the thunder from traditional online mediums such as banner ads and display, Frost & Sullivan reports in its Australian Online General and Mobile Advertising Market Report 2011. In the study, the research firm finds that overall online ad budgets are on the rise, but that money is increasingly flowing away from general advertising into rich-media content, especially video. The report also found ad campaigns continue to go mobile despite persistent challenges such as insufficient industry and agency awareness

Samsung puts off launch of phone with latest Android wares
Samsung Electronics will delay the launch of its new smartphone powered by Android's Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Google operating system. The company decided a new product announcement was not appropriate "while the world was expressing tribute" to Steve Jobs, a Samsung spokesman said, adding that the company has not set a revised date for the release. Separately, Verizon Wireless reportedly will release the Samsung Stratosphere

Charting the potential demise of the PC
Research shows that smartphones and tablet computers continue to make solid headway with consumers -- a trend that is undermining three decades of dominance by the personal computer. While it's too soon to say goodbye to the PC, shifts in buying habits are leading developers to focus on mobile devices. In this special report from The Economist, commentators and analysts look at the implications of this shift

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today announced that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film.

APSA 2011 International Jury President, Nansun Shi, made the announcement from the Busan International Film Festival, which was founded by APSA Patron Kim Dong-ho.

Films from the Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Turkey and India will vie for the Best Feature Film Award.

Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong), Bé Omid É Didar (Goodbye, Islamic Republic of Iran), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners, India).

A total of 240 films were entered into this year’s competition. Thirty-seven have received nominations for the 2011 awards, with winners to be announced at the ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on November 24.

Winners in the fifth annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by leading Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi. These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia, in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

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