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In The Land of Blood & Lawsuits: Jolie, GK Films and FilmDistrict Sued Over Film's Similarities to Croatian Book

Angelina Jolie (along with GK Films, FilmDistrict and Scout Film) is being sued. Croatian journalist James Braddock alleges that her film, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," has similarities with his 2007 book, "The Soul Shattering." For two years beginning in 2008, he states that he consulted with Edin Sarkic, a co-producer on the film (on points including "plot and character development and the story's cultural significance and historical accuracy"). The two allegedly discussed the possibility of adapting his book, but that's as far as it went until Braddock learned of Jolie's film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2011 1:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud Gets Closer with Second Trailer, Press Screenings

The message in the new trailer for Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is: "if things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding." Loss and grief are front and center after Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn's characters lose husband/father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The young son's need to understand what happened leads him on a journey through Manhattan to discover what the key his father left him means. We're partial to the first trailer, where U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and slick editing allude to the story's emotional core. "Extremely Loud" opens Christmas Day.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2011 12:00 PM
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Warner Bros. Theater to Open at Smithsonian in February

A new theater bearing the Warner Bros. studio name will open in February 2012 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing the grant to fund the theater's renovation, Warners will also partner with the Smithsonian Institute to present four public film festivals throughout the coming year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 5, 2011 10:34 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Bejo Goes Brit, Coppola's Burglar Bunch

Bérénice Bejo has landed a role in the UK's "The Scapegoat," based on Daniel Pennac's French novel, "Au Bonheur des Ogres." Raphaël Personnaz and Emir Kusturica will costar.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2011 8:51 PM
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Sundance Premieres: Features and Documentaries, Actors Behind Camera

Brit Marling, watch out! Women are front and center at the Sundance Film festival this year, including the Premieres section, which features more well-known players than the other sections---and many actors behind the camera.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 3:59 PM
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1927 Best Picture Winner "Wings" to Screen in January

The first Academy Awards were handed out in 1927, when the silent World War I epic "Wings" took home the prize for Outstanding Picture, the precursor to today's Best Picture.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 5, 2011 3:22 PM
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Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey Passes Muster with Newsweek

Newsweek's profile on Angelina Jolie, "Angie Goes to War" gives more insight into her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," than 60 Minutes did. Put Jolie on video for TV and the focus is bound to be her famous face, her celebrity.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2011 3:14 PM
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Annie Awards Nominations Led By Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango

It's a strange year in the Oscar animated category, as there are so many sequels. The Annie Award nominations often become a bellwether of where the race could go. Thus Dreamworks had a very good day, as "Kung Fu Panda 2" led the field with twelve nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 3:03 PM
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INTERVIEW: Jason Reitman Made Unmakeable Young Adult for $12 Million

Jason Reitman is in a different place than he was during the release of "Up in the Air," when he pushed and pushed to gain entrance into the Oscar club. It crushed him on Oscar night  when adapted screenplay went to Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious." Was Reitman too young, too overexposed? When he jumped into his next feature with "Juno" collaborator Diablo Cody, "Young Adult," he took a witty midwestern plunge to the dark side. Charlize Theron went with him, and could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination. And so could supporting actor Patton Oswalt, the unlikely object of her attention.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 1:44 PM
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New Hollywood Graffiti from Hanksy

Has Banksy gone Hollywood? No, the folks at FunnyOrDie have posted a best of Hanksy slideshow, where you can see the visage of the grinning Hanks in various knock-offs of Banksy's heavy-handed street art. The best, perhaps, is an inexplicable photo of Hanks on a fast-food trash can.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 5, 2011 11:55 AM
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