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