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Coen Brothers 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Picked Up By CBS Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 1:26 PM
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"Extraordinary Measures," "The Back-Up Plan," "Faster," "Beastly," "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen"... to date, CBS Films' slate hasn't exactly been bursting with quality fare from established auteurs, nor has it had any massive box office success stories. Even more, outside of the surprise Golden Globes presence for 'Yemen,' they haven't been awards season players either, which makes this announcement all the more puzzling.

Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Book 'Kill Your Darlings,' The Weinstein Company Bed 'Lovelace' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 23, 2013 9:44 AM
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With the Sundance Film Festival heading into its last stretch, buyers are beginning to get deals made before Park City once again becomes a quaint little village in Utah, and a number of contracts have been signed over the past twenty-four hours....

CBS Films Move 'Seven Psychopaths' Up To October 12th, Delay 'Gambit' To Winter 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 2:25 PM
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After a disappointing 2011 in which their films underperformed greatly, CBS Films have been doing a little better this year. February's "The Woman In Black" proved to be a sleeper hit, and Lasse Hallstrom's "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" did pretty decently as well a month or two later. Next up for the company is "The Words," which opens next month, but they have done a little tinkering with their release schedule for further on the year.

'Deus Ex' The Latest Videogame Franchise Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 10:42 AM
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Video game adaptations have had a tremendously mixed (and mostly bad) track record on the big screen, but it seems movie studios are eager to crack that nut. Perhaps it's because the line between movies and video games are forever blurring; just today it was announced that "Resident Evil 6" will feature over four hours of cutscenes. Anyway, it seems they are a hot item at the moment, with gaming franchises "Need For Speed," "Splinter Cell" and "Assassin's Creed" (with Michael Fassbender no less) all finding Hollywood homes in recent months. And now, another big title is on the way.

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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Docs 'The Queen Of Versailles' And 'Searching For Sugar Man,' And Slash-Produced Horror Film 'Nothing To Fear' Also Find Homes

CBS Films In Talks To Buy TIFF Hit 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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It's been a fairly quiet market for big film deals at Toronto so far, with the sole major sale -- that of "Shame" to Fox Searchlight -- having been in the works since Venice, and even then, the film reportedly only sold for a six-figure sum, the film's backers placing great importance on being able to release the film before the end of the year, uncut, with an awards push for star Michael Fassbender. But the slow start looks to be coming to an end, with plenty of films courting distributors, and the first of them looks to have found a suitor.

CBS Films Picks Up Coens-Scripted 'Gambit' Remake With Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 2:13 AM
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It's not the easiest thing, in a business dominated by multi-billion-dollar behemoths that have been running for the best part of a century such as Paramount, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, to establish a new film studio and distributor from scratch. Summit has been making a good fist of it in the past few years, with both a Best Picture Oscar winner in "The Hurt Locker" and a highly profitable mega-franchise in the "Twilight" series, but CBS Films, established around the some time, hasn't had the same success.

Warner Bros & CBS Films Team To Adapt Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2011 2:36 AM
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Regardless of his qualities as a writer (while he's extremely good at what he does, his most ardent admirers sometimes confuse 'prolific' with 'writer of capable prose'), there's little doubt that few novelists have had as many truly great films made from their work as Stephen King. "Carrie," "The Shining," "Stand By Me," "Misery," "The Shawshank Redemption" -- all classics, and all derived from novels or short stories by King. Recent years haven't been so kind, however, with films like "Dreamcatcher" and "Hearts in Atlantis" lining up alongside "Maximum Overdrive" as some of the worst King adaptations.

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