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  1. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel Names New Executive Team

    1:36 pm 10/15/2013

    UPDATED: Schlessel has tapped several of his FilmDistrict colleagues to join him at Focus, which is undergoing a major transformation following the exit of ousted chief James Schamus. Read more

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  2. Focus Co-CEO Andrew Karpen Elects to Leave (Exclusive)

    12:19 pm 10/15/2013

    Karpen was asked to stay on by new Focus chief Peter Schlessel, but did not want to make the move to Los Angeles for family reasons. Read more

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  3. 'Fifty Shades' Movie Hires Writer for Script Work (Exclusive)

    12:45 pm 10/14/2013

    Universal/Focus brings on Oscar-nominated Patrick Marber ("Notes on a Scandal") to do a polish as possible replacements for Charlie Hunnam include "The Fall" actor Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard of "True Blood."Read more

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  4. James Schamus Parts Ways With Focus: 4 Films That Defined His Vision

    5:39 am 10/3/2013

    The co-founder gravitated to director-driven films, with a touch more edge and innovation than standard awards-season fare.Read more

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  5. Inside the Focus Shakeup: Universal Plotted Peter Schlessel Move for Months (Analysis)

    5:00 am 10/3/2013

    Why Universal's Donna Langley is charting a new, broader course for the specialty label as James Schamus exits and the veteran FilmDistrict exec takes over.Read more

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  6. Focus Shake-Up: 'Fifty Shades' and 5 Pressing Questions

    1:03 pm 10/2/2013

    Peter Schlessel is taking over Focus from longtime CEO James Schamus, and that has far-reaching implications for Universal's specialty distributor.Read more

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  7. Outraged 'Fifty Shades' Fans Petition for New Stars

    7:23 am 9/3/2013

    The Labor Day news that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson would play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele led thousands to Change.org, as producer Dana Brunetti took to Twitter to address the backlash.Read more

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  8. Box Office: 'One Direction' Opens No. 1 Thursday Night With Strong $2.7 Million

    7:28 am 8/30/2013

    The concert documentary -- directed by Morgan Spurlock -- should have no trouble topping the Labor Day weekend box office as summer winds to a close.Read more

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  9. 'Closed Circuit's' Surveillance Issues More Relevant in Light of NSA Scandal, Stars Say

    2:16 pm 8/20/2013

    Focus Features CEO James Schamus also talks about casting "Fifty Shades of Grey."Read more

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  10. First 'C.O.G.' Trailer: David Sedaris Finds Religion (Video)

    8:15 am 8/15/2013

    Jonathan Groff stars as a fictional version of the author in an adaptation of an essay from his 1997 collection "Naked."Read more

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