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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. '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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