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Weekly Wrap: Interviews, Trailers, In the Works, and 'The Hunger Games'

"Hunger Games" Arrives: We highlight the film in our Weekend Preview, and analyze how the filmmakers achieved a well-earned home run. We posted an interview round-up from the cast and mapped out Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming acting roles. For a sneak peak of the film, you can tour the Capitol City, but fans beware, we also reported the scammers are after "Hunger Games" related keywords.
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  • March 23, 2012 8:44 PM
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FilmDistrict Appoints Ex-DreamWorks Exec Christine Birch as Marketing Chief

After the departure of Bob and Jeanne Berney from FilmDistrict, owner Graham King and CEO Peter Schlessel have been rethinking their distribution operation. Well, now they have added the first of two key execs. Distribution chief is next.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2012 8:01 PM
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Melissa Leo Heads Into 'Oblivion' with Cruise, Freeman, Riseborough, Kurylenko

Melissa Leo is joining Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseboroigh and Olga Kurylenko in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The "TRON: Legacy" director wrote the comic book upon which the film is based with Arvid Nelson, while William Monahan ("The Departed") wrote the screenplay with him...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 7:48 PM
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WESTDOC Moves to Culver City, Early Registration Now Open for Event Sept. 9-12

Filmmakers may want to take advantage of discounted early registration now through April 30 for WESTDOC: The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference. The third annual event, which offers access to execs involved in funding and acquiring docs, nonfiction and reality programs, moves to Culver City this year.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • March 23, 2012 5:53 PM
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First Watch: 'Cabin in the Woods' Covers Its Cliches in Horror Film Send-Up

"Cabin in the Woods" has a telling first clip: hilariously, the movie takes on horror cliches. See below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
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First Look: Jennifer Lawrence in 'House at the End of the Street' and the Next Four Steps for 'Hunger Games' Star

Relativity is just one of several distributors looking to capitalize on the new stardom of "Hunger Games" it-girl Jennifer Lawrence.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 5:01 PM
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'Hunger Games' Fans Beware: Scammers Are After You

Knowing that fans following "The Hunger Games," which is already setting a torrid pace at the box office, are eager for news, scammers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of their searches.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 4:34 PM
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HBO Releases 'You Win or You Die,' 22 Minute Video Recap & Preview for 'Game of Thrones'

HBO has released a new 22 minute video recapping season 1 of "Game of Thrones" and ushering in season two, which arrives April 1. Check it out below. Here's a series of clips we posted last week. THR has co-creators and exec producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talking about how the series will depart from George R. R. Martin's enormous books...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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Variety Up for Sale: Sad End for a Storied Brand

The once iconic trade brand Variety has recently fallen on hard times. Now owner Reed Business Information is putting the century-old trade paper up for sale.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2012 4:28 PM
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Immersed in Movies: The Return of Abel Gance's 'Napoleon'

Never mind about 3-D and IMAX and higher frame rates and immersive design and "The Artist" and "Hugo": Abel Gance's monumental silent, "Napoleon" (1927), is back and fully restored and better than ever. It boasts more than half-an-hour of additional footage discovered by tireless Oscar-winning British author/director/preservationist Kevin Brownlow.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 23, 2012 2:07 PM
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