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Production Exec Watch: Disney Adds To, FilmNation Hires Lunder

Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 7:36 AM
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Writer-Director Update: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman; Adam McKay Likes Crowe for The Boys

Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 6:00 AM
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FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with the actor during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript, says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King. “I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter’s legacy.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 5:25 AM
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Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club
The Tribeca Film Festival will simultaneously share several of its 2011 premiere titles on video-on-demand, including The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night (pictured) and Neds on April 20 (available through June 23). Other festival films will also be available on VOD, including Dax Shepard's Brother's Justice and Zach Braff starrer The High Cost of Living.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 5:24 AM
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Greta Gerwig Stars in Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress for Whit Stillman, Sony Pictures Classics

Greta Gerwig fans rejoice. She's starring in Whit Stillman's Violet Wister's DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, which will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics. A release date is yet to be set. 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 5:10 AM
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AFI Fest and AFM Announce November 2011 Dates

AFI Fest and AFM Announce November 2011 Dates
This year's AFI Fest will take place in Los Angeles from November 3-10, timed to coincide with the American Film Market in Santa Monica, November 2-9. This marks the festival's 25th year of screenings, to be held at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The fest will continue to offer free screenings (thanks to sponsor Audi), which were introduced by former festival director Rose Kuo, who has moved on to run the Film Society at Lincoln Center and the New York Film Festival. She was succeeded by Jacqueline Lyanga. A guest artistic director for 2011 is still to be named; David Lynch did the honors last year, and designed the Fest's poster.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 4:58 AM
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Video Interview: Hunter S. Thompson Talks to Keith Richards

I am having a blast reading Rolling Stone Keith Richards' memoir Life, which has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 21 weeks now. It's delightfully written in a recognizable entertaining voice. Obviously co-writer James Fox put a lot of work into it, but the book still rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 12:19 PM
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New York Times Goes Behind Paywall: Media Reaction

With the NYT paywall looming, I subscribed to the weekend editions (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at a steep discount. Whew! I'm safe. What I really want to do, though, is get an iPad and read it that way. Of course the new ones are sold out everywhere. I'm ready to lose my piles of paper in favor of a lighter cleaner less cluttered approach.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 12:06 PM
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Tree of Life Will Not Open in the U.K. Before Cannes After All, Gets New Poster UPDATED

Tree of Life Will Not Open in the U.K. Before Cannes After All, Gets New Poster UPDATED
Thierry Fremaux does not have to fume. After he waited a long year for The Tree of Life to finally debut at the Cannes Film Festival, Brit film mag Empire reported that the Terrence Malick fllm would open first in the U.K., on May 4. Domestic distributor Fox Searchlight now informs me that the story is not true. That means that Brit reviews of the film will NOT spread before the assembled critics see it in the Palais. We still don't know if the film will be in competition. UPDATE: Empire has double-checked with Icon (I too have a call into them) and are sticking to their reported date. Fox Searchlight, truth be told, is not in charge of when a movie opens in the UK; Summit International is. UPDATE: Sources close to the film assert that The Tree of Life will make its debut at Cannes, and nowhere else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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State of Women in Film, Elizabeth Taylor's Advice for Millennial Women, Miss Representation Trailer

Older women are not happy with their depiction on film, says the latest survey from the UK Film Council (which is itself "on the verge of closure," points out The Guardian). Of the survey's findings, 61% of women between 50 and 70 are unhappy at being portrayed as not having sexual needs or desires, while seven in ten feel their demographic is under-represented and younger women are glamorized.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 8:45 AM
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