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IN THE WORKS: Miles Davis Biopic Based on His Son's Book, Dark Magus; George Tillman Jr. at the Helm

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 4:38 PM
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Film Independent Names 30 Filmmakers for 2012 Project Involve; Speakers Include Pariah's Rees & Cooper

Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, their program designed to foster the careers of emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented within the film industry. The program's guest speakers include producer director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Stephanie Allain (Hurricane Season, Hustle & Flow), and others yet to be announced. Cooper is an alumni of Project Involve, as is Circumstance producer Melissa Lee. LA Film Fest's artistic director David Ansenand Zhiv Productions' Joyce San Pedro will serve as mentors. New this year is Sony Pictures' Diversity Fellowship, which is granted to one participating filmmaker and offers year-round support (complete with a cash production grant and professional development). Film Independent's Josh Welsh says the filmmakers coming out of Project Involve "continue to inspire us, and we remain committed to giving them the opportunity to further their careers." More on the program and this year's participants below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 2:42 PM
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Eddie Murphy No Longer Host of Oscars

With Brett Ratner gone as Oscar producer, his pick as host, his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, is also exiting the scene. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner and we all wish them well," said AMPAS president Tom Sherak as he made the announcement. Actually, losing Murphy makes it easier for a new Oscar producer--say, Brian Grazer-- to take over and start creatively from scratch without suffering the taint of Ratner's comedic direction. A new producer can also choose their own writing team. Murphy said: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Morgan Freeman to Receive Golden Globes' Cecile B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman is to be honored at the 69th Golden Globe Awards with the Cecile B. DeMille award, for his outstanding contribution to entertainment. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president, Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, made the announcement with Amy Adams and Pedro Almodóvar. The Golden Globes will take place on January 15. As recipient of this award, Freeman joins the likes of Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 1:54 PM
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Fox Searchlight Debuts New Shame Website

Check out the new Fox Searchlight website for Steve McQueen's Shame. The film's score, also featured on the site, is enough to make your heart ache. Not a gentle film, but certainly worth the ride.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 1:36 PM
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Snow White and the Huntsman Gets New Imagery, Loses Its Edge

It was bound to happen. Two Snow White projects have been defining themselves as special and unique--until commercial reality hits. Relativity's project finallly has a title - Mirror Mirror - and places stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer in a comedy/adventure kid-friendly version of the classic tale (here are pictures). Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman has been declaring itself a more badass rendition, with an edgy Kristen Stewart wearing armor, battling against Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth there to flex his muscles. With this new imagery, it looks like the facade is beginning to fall leaving Huntsman looking like it's only a teen-friendly step above Mirror.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 11:55 AM
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FilmNation's Basner Talks American Film Market Fatigue, Selling Malick, Penn, Soderbergh

  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 8, 2011 11:48 PM
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Oscar Watch: Wasikowska Talks Romancing Fassbender in Jane Eyre and Close in Albert Nobbs

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2011 11:05 PM
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Ratner Resigns Under Fire as Oscar Producer

Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy
Under intense fire for his off-the-cuff homophobic remark about rehearsals being for "fags," producer Brett Ratner's big mouth has cost him his prestigious gig as producer of the 84th Academy Awards. The director, whose film Tower Heist opened in the number two slot last weekend, submitted his resignation to AMPAS president Tom Sherak Tuesday morning. "He did the right thing for the Academy and himself," said Sherak. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of their intent."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2011 7:36 PM
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AFM: Cary Elwes' Directorial Debut Goes to K5 Int'l, Stars Bana & Huston as Elvis & Nixon

Benaroya Pictures, who financed and produced Margin Call, have sold Elvis & Nixon to K5 International for international distribution. Cary Elwes is directing the comedy, starring Eric Bana (Elvis Presley) and Danny Huston (Richard Nixon), from a script he wrote with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Michael Benaroya and Holly Wiersma are producing, and Bana's Pick Up Truck banner is serving as exec producer. The film is set to shoot in Shreveport and Los Angeles. Synopsis is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2011 4:39 PM
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