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AFM News: Drafthouse Films Expands, Acquires Foreign Titles Bullhead and Clown, Pacts with Image

Indie player Drafthouse Films, led by Austin-based exhibitor Tim League, is in expansion mode. The company has announced a number of international acquisitions, an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with the licensing and distribution company, Image Entertainment, Inc., and appointed a new COO.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 4, 2011 9:00 AM
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Lincoln Center, TCM to Present Exhibition of Mike Kaplan's Personal Poster Collection

As a lead up to next April's TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, Turner Classic Movies and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are teaming up to present "Style and Motion: The Art of the Movie Poster," an exhibit to highlight the personal collection of poster designer and producer Mike Kaplan.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • November 3, 2011 12:37 PM
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Laemmle Passes Sunset 5 to Sundance Cinemas

Say good-bye to the Sunset 5 Theaters in West Hollywood. As venerable Laemmle Theatres is preparing to open a new seven-plex in North Hollywood, after almost two decades, it will close the now-shabby Sunset 5 on December 1. Competition from new complexes took films and moviegoers away from the Sunset. Sundance Cinemas will renovate the space and reopen in late spring 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2011 11:10 AM
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Bond Expert Deciphers Skyfall Intelligence, Craig's Development as 007

So what have we learned after Thursday's press conference in London about Bond 23? Bill Desowitz, who is writing a book about the Bond films, parses the available 007 intelligence.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 3, 2011 11:01 AM
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Killing II Starts in the UK

Tired of waiting for season two of AMC's The Killing? Well, the second season of Danish Forbrydelsen starts on BBC Four on November 19th, if you can get to it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2011 9:42 AM
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AFM News: Sony Takes 1890s Paris Tale Bel Ami, with Pattinson, Thurman, Scott Thomas & Ricci

At AFM, Sony has acquired North American rights to Bel Ami, which stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci. The film, now completed, was co-directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod (the pair worked together on 1992 short The Big Fish, which must have been good if they attracted this cast), and is based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel of the same name, adapted by Rachel Bennette. The story explores themes of ambition, power and seduction, with Pattinson starring as a broke ex-soldier who ascends 1890s Parisian society by manipulating its women.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 8:29 AM
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AFI FEST Conversations and Presentations: Young Hollywood Roundtable, 3D Bootcamp, Haywire, Summits

AFI FEST 2011's slate of conversations, presentations and digital alliances includes a Young Hollywood Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Armie Hammer, Evan Rachel Wood, Anton Yelchin), Two Visions of the West and the inevitable 3D Bootcamp, Film Technology Summit, Future of Film Summit, plus a Secret Screening (reportedly Steven Soderbergh's Haywire). There are interactive festival media platforms via MUBI, GetGlue and BuzzMod as well. Details on each below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2011 8:27 AM
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Cinema Eye Honors Paradise Lost Filmmakers for Role in Freeing West Memphis Three: Hell Yeah Award

Cinema Eye Honors Paradise Lost Filmmakers for Role in Freeing West Memphis Three: Hell Yeah Award
Cinema Eye has named Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky the first recipients of their new Hell Yeah Prize, an award that celebrates "the Intersection of Great Nonfiction Filmmaking Art and Measurable Real World Impact." Berlinger and Sinofsky are getting the award for their HBO Films Paradise Lost trilogy, which has followed for 18 years the wrongly convicted West Memphis Three, who were released from prison on August 19, 2011, in part thanks to the films. Berlinger says that to be singled out for this film is "truly inspiring."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 8:26 AM
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VIDEO: Tree of Life Featurettes with Pitt & Chastain Commentary

Hungry for more of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life? Here are two Fox Searchlight featurettes, now that the film is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The Story and The Cast include commentary from Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, producer Dede Gardner and others. No Malick, natch.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 8:19 AM
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Will Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton Board Soderbergh's Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 7:52 AM
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