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July 22, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wires
Netflix Inc. is shutting down a division that invested in low-budget films and documentaries, saying the Red Envelope Entertainment unit competed with its main suppliers, Hollywood studios. Red Envelope, with about 50 employees, invested in more than 100 films, including "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania," a documentary about a small-town beauty pageant, and "Favela Rising," a documentary about Rio de Janeiro street musicians.
July 6, 2007 | From Reuters
Netflix Inc. has become a Hollywood player, turning to star-studded promotions and teaming with A-list actors on movie projects to raise itself above a cluttered market for online movie delivery. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix, best known for pioneering DVD rentals by mail, also owns a content acquisition firm called Red Envelope Entertainment.
January 13, 2008
Access Denied Economists, politicians, anti-poverty activists and impoverished citizens discuss whether the true nature of contemporary poverty is rooted in colonialism and its consequences. Featuring Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins. Directed by Philippe Diaz. Cinema Libre Studio, October. Blindsight Six blind Tibetan teenagers are inspired to climb a 23,000-foot peak near Mt. Everest. Directed by Lucy Walker. Robson Entertainment, March 14.
September 9, 2007
Friday Across the Universe The songs of the Beatles score this love story set against the political and social upheaval of the 1960s. Julie Taymor (Broadway's "The Lion King") directs. With Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess (below), Joe Anderson. Written by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais from a story by Taymor & Clement & La Frenais.
November 4, 2007
Friday Choking Man A shy Ecuadorean dishwasher strives for a tentative bond with a Chinese waitress in this mix of psychological drama and magical realism at a Queens diner. With Octavio Gomez Berrios, Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul and Mandy Patinkin. Written and directed by Steve Barron. International Film Circuit -- Fred Claus Up at the North Pole, St. Nick (Paul Giamatti) gets an unwelcome visit from his no-account brother (Vince Vaughn) in this holiday-themed comedy.
May 6, 2007
Friday American Pastime A Japanese American family, interned at Utah's Topaz camp during World War II, finds hope, strength and transcendence through the game of baseball. Written and directed by Desmond Nakano. With Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew and Jon Gries. T&C Pictures * So? Line drive Chalk Morgan Spurlock presents this faux documentary about the comic ups and downs of an awkward year in the lives of three schoolteachers.
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