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Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley Will Help Woody Allen Solve a Murder

While "Magic in the Moonlight" rolls out in select cities this weekend, director Woody Allen is already at work on his next project, a college-set murder mystery starring Joaquin Phoenix and "Moonlight" muse Emma Stone. Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley have hopped aboard the cast.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 1:45 PM
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Get Tied Down With First Trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Check out Sam Taylor-Johnson’s "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer which shows a lack of the chemistry between Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 1:39 PM
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Not Into 'Hercules'? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend

Unimpressed by the gleaming musculature of Dwayne Johnson as a mythic warrior in Paramount's comic book adaptation "Hercules"? Then take solace in the art house, and at home, with these six quieter films in theaters and on demand.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 24, 2014 10:30 AM
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Sherry Lansing Talks the Rise of Television and Ageism

The whip-smart husband-and-wife team of director William Friedkin ("The French Connection") and Sherry Lansing, the producer ("Fatal Attraction") and first woman studio head at Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, visited the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this month, where I sat down with them. Here's my talk with Lansing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 5:27 PM
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Toronto Film Festival Global Summit Draws Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull

The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 4:50 PM
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PBS Preview: Six New 'Makers' Documentaries Focus on Groundbreaking Women

PBS announces a new fall "Makers" series spotlighting groundbreaking women in six areas: Comedy, Hollywood, Space, Politics, Business and War.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 3:51 PM
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Sony Counters Bad Press with 'Spider-Man' Announcements

Beleaguered Studio chief Amy Pascal countered the negative press about her revolving executive suite--global distribution and marketing chief Jeff Blake announced his departure Tuesday--by doing some spinning of her own. It is not coincidental that the studio revealed their "Spider-Man" plans for the next few years. Plainly, they need to remind skeptics that their biggest franchise (heading toward $4 billion to date worldwide) is proceeding apace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 2:19 PM
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Trailers From Hell Loves 'All That Jazz'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Allan Arkush talks Fosse's "All That Jazz."
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  • July 23, 2014 1:58 PM
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Comic-Con Movie Preview: Warner Bros., Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Marvel, 'Sin City' and More

Details are arriving on what movies the studios will showcase at Comic-Con, which launches in San Diego on July 24. Not all of them will be in Show H--more and more, they are traveling off-site to play to press directly, away from the fan hordes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 23, 2014 1:41 PM
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Distribution Maestro Jeff Blake Exits Sony After 22 Years: Dynamo and Class Act

The news that Jeff Blake is departing his position as Chairman of Sony Pictures and Vice-Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the company leaves the industry, at least until his future plans as announced, without one its most revered and honorable executives.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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