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  1. Berlin: Jury President James Schamus Hits the Fest With Newfound Freedom (Q&A)

    9:00 pm 2/6/2014

    The former Focus CEO talks to THR about getting his start in Berlin, why he won’t talk about what happened at Focus and where he’ll be dining during the fest (it's not where you think).Read more

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  2. Berlin Jury President James Schamus: Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Will Be Here' in Spirit

    2:56 am 2/6/2014

    The jury, which also includes Christoph Waltz, Michel Gondry and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, among others, sidestepped the Woody Allen controversy in its first press conference.Read more

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  3. Writers Guild Awards: Hosts Joke About Woody Allen Scandals, 'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' Take Top Film Prizes

    11:18 pm 2/1/2014

    "Breaking Bad," "Veep," "House of Cards," "30 Rock" and "The Colbert Report" win TV trophies while David Simon, James Schamus and "The Simpsons" executive producer Sam Simon are honored.Read more

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  4. Finding Fela: Sundance Review

    6:49 pm 1/29/2014

    Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) grapples with an enigmatic persona in his politically charged doc about Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.Read more

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  5. Berlin: James Schamus, Michel Gondry and Neil Jordan to Instruct Berlinale Talents

    4:37 am 1/23/2014

    “12 Years a Slave” production designer Adam Stockhausen and “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis will also host sessions at the Berlin film festival's mini-film school.Read more

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  6. Berlin Fest Names Former Focus Features CEO James Schamus Jury President

    4:02 am 1/13/2014

    UPDATED: Christoph Waltz, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and French director Michel Gondry are also members of this year's Berlin jury. Read more

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  7. Fela Kuti Biopic Soldiers On, Without Steve McQueen or Focus Features

    11:00 am 1/9/2014

    "12 Years a Slave's" Chiwetel Ejiofor would have played the iconic Nigerian singer, but "the movie is dead," its original director told THR -- yet its producer says former Focus chief James Schamus is reviving the pic.Read more

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  8. Former Focus CEO James Schamus to be Honored at Writers Guild Awards

    2:27 pm 12/20/2013

    The co-founder of the Universal specialty division and award-winning screenwriter will receive the Evelyn F. Burkey Award at the New York ceremony on Feb. 1.Read more

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  9. Ousted Focus CEO James Schamus Will Still Campaign for 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    10:33 am 10/18/2013

    Schamus may be leaving Focus Features, but his presence at Thursday's Los Angeles premiere of the harrowing AIDS drama heralds his ongoing commitment to the film's awards push.Read more

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  10. Sean Penn on Fired Focus CEO James Schamus: 'Only Liability May Have Been Good Taste'

    8:00 am 10/9/2013

    As NBCUniversal shows the art house hero the door, the "Milk" star joins a chorus of insiders bemoaning the end of an era.Read more

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