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Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell

Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell
Finally, months after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in a rare performance in his native dialect. (The film scored eight nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards.) According to Movieline's Stu VanAirsdale, the final cut of the Paramount Vantage leftover will be different from the one screened in Toronto:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 3:06 AM
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Polanski's Ghost Writer Trailer

Here's a decent-quality French trailer for the espionage thriller The Ghost Writer, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, the movie Roman Polanski is finalizing under house arrest in Gstaad. Based on the Robert Harris novel, the movie is set for limited release by Summit Entertainment on February 19, widening in March.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 2:42 AM
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Leaked! NBC CEO Zucker's Phone Messages to O'Brien

Leaked! NBC CEO Jeff Zucker's Vociemails for Conan O'Brien - watch more funny videos
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 12:41 AM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Acceptance Speech

Fantastic Mr. Fox Acceptance Speech
At the National Board of Review NYC fete this week, Wes Anderson staged a novel acceptance speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox style.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 10:22 AM
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Avatar Heads Toward Titanic Record

Avatar has grossed $429 million domestically, which means that it only needs to gross $172 million to pass Titanic as the top-grossing film of all time. “That's a steep climb," states MovieTickets.com Executive Vice President Walt Borchers, "but with the volume of ticket buying we've seen on our site over the past month, there is a very good chance that it could, in fact, break Titanic's record."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 9:34 AM
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Entertainment Sites Crowding Online Space

Entertainment Sites Crowding Online Space
One reason that the ever-slimmer LA Times continues to hire entertainment writers is that the newspaper sees the obvious traffic signs. Celebrity sells. (They've added a new group film writer blog, 24 Frames.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 6:41 AM
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Conan O'Brien Takes a Stand

Conan O'Brien has thrown down the gauntlet to NBC. He doesn't want to move The Tonight Show back by half an hour to make way for Jay Leno. Here's his statement. I agree with the argument that in a world of DVRs and TiVo, O'Brien's belief that he must be on at 11:35 PM to be successful is probably misguided. I suspect he feels betrayed more than anything else and fears that being pushed back will make it tougher for him to succeed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 2:20 AM
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Disney's Aviv Exits as Ross Relies on DreamWorks

Disney's Aviv Exits as Ross Relies on DreamWorks
It's deja vu all over again. A studio in management upheaval. A new studio head recruited from TV being directed to reinvent the wheel by a boss who is a film biz outsider.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 12:22 AM
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Conan Goes Nasty on NBC

In his first Tonight Show monologue following the NBC announcement of Jay Leno's return to 11:30, Conan O'Brien lets loose on NBC:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2010 7:51 AM
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Sony Reboots Spider-Man 4, Parts Ways with Raimi and Maguire

Spider-Man 4 will be going forward without Sam Raimi, who shepherded the first three installments, or stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2010 12:22 AM
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