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Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST

Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST
Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3. The R-rated movie, which opens limited November 9 and wide November 11, was not ready for the fall festival circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2011 7:59 AM
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Pre-Premiere of Fox's New Girl, Nick Nolte Talks Bender, Stoll on Hemingway in Paris

By the time Fox's New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, premieres, it won't seem so fresh off the presses. Variety reports that the network will allow viewers to watch the whole series before it is broadcast Sept. 20th on live TV. Viewers will have access to the show through various outlets, including an unprecedented pre-primetime viewing on iTunes. The network hopes that through this new strategy they can access sampling opportunities. Before the launch, the show will be available for free on iTunes, Hulu, Fox.com, and Deschanel's Hello Giggles blog.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:56 AM
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Mad Men Hype: Weiner and Hamm Talk 'The Suitcase' Episode

Yesterday, the Daily Beast dissected "The Suitcase" episode from Mad Men's fourth season with exec producer Matt Weiner and star Jon Hamm. The game-changing episode features Don Draper (Hamm) and his secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) pulling an all-nighter in the office, as personal and professional drama reaches a breaking point.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:46 AM
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TIFF: Pariah Gets Release Date and Poignant Poster

Focus Features initiated an online outreach to choose the poster for the upcoming Sundance drama, Pariah. The winner was "Subway," a poster showing actress Adepero Oduye staring out a window and at herself--an apt image for a film about a 17-year-old woman from Brooklyn coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 7, 2011 5:25 AM
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Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as a promotional event on the road to the Oscars.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 6, 2011 10:36 AM
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Weinstein Co. Launches Indie Label, Poaches Magnolia's Tom Quinn

Marking a major loss for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, The Weinstein Company is launching a new label focusing on innovative distribution strategies to be run by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who will be co-presidents. The unnamed New York-based TWC label will "bring new films and other specialty entertainment to audiences simultaneously across multiple digital and traditional platforms," said the Weinsteins in a release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 10:14 AM
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Andrew Haigh Talks Weekend, A Perfectly Swell Gay Romance

One of the breakout films from this year's SXSW (audience award) was Brit editor-writer-director Andrew Haigh's Weekend, a Nottingham love story that could reach out beyond gay audiences. It's about a closeted gay man (Tom Cullen) passing for straight with everyone in his life except his best friend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 9:08 AM
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Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D

Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D
Detective Dee and Mystery of the Phantom Flame is yet another magical adventure from Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Seven Swords). The $20-million film was funded entirely in China--as opposed to his old friend John Woo's $80 million Red Cliff, which was backed by a pool of investors from several Asian countries. This entertaining big-scale epic is packed with extravagant action and visual effects, including a towering hollow statue that is central to the mystery in the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2011 8:18 AM
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Media Watch: Couric's Soft ABC Debut, LA Times Layoffs, Nicole Miller's Ads Move 100% Online

Katie Couric will make her debut on ABC News by interviewing Sarah P… Sarah Jessica Parker, that is, which THR calls a soft launch for the news anchor, who made a heavily scrutinized move from to ABC from CBS last June. This position with ABC News will allow her time to develop her daytime talk show, Katie, which will air sometime in September.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2011 8:05 AM
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007 News: James Bond/Daniel Craig, The Face of Indian Railways; Adele to Record Bond Theme?

Daniel Craig, the James Bond du jour, might trade in his Aston Martin and other fancy wheels for a set of decrepit railway tracks. Daniel Craig is likely to sign on as the official Ambassador of Indian Railways, said Dinesh Trivedi, India’s railways minister. James Bond 23, the newest 007 film, directed by Sam Mendes, will film in India. The new Bond installment features an important sequence on the rails, which required many meetings with ministry officials to obtain permission. As WSJ reports, there needed to be a tradeoff, and Craig’s face on the train, or at least in a television ad, might seal the deal. The Indian railway is less than high-tech, and Trivedi hopes that Craig’s presence will give the train company an image boost.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2011 7:56 AM
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