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Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?

Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?
New Yorkers can celebrate the imminent arrival of two new art-house cinemas in a city that has long been underserved by movie theaters. IndieWIRE reports on the Film Society of Lincoln Center's ribbon-cutting for the 17,500 square foot Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on 65th Street, which begins its opening festivities Wednesday with a weekend of free programming featuring Kevin Smith, Oliver Stone and an indie panel moderated by producer Ted Hope, before its official June 17 launch with Andrew Rossi’s hit fest circuit doc Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times (Magnolia), which couldn't be more timely with the changing of the guard at the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 5:20 AM
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Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers
This year, the Producer's Guild's annual Produced By Conference was held at the Disney Studio. On separate panels, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith disagreed on the future role of theaters and DVDs, while the conference advanced many producers' own agendas. Cari Beauchamp turned up for Saturday's revelatory ABC Showrunner panel: The crowds were bustling along Minnie Avenue and Dopey Drive as the Produced By Conference welcomed the international commission of film commissioners as first time co-sponsors. Booths from various countries and states were attracting attention, but inside the packed Sessions theater, you could have heard a pin drop as Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) Andrew Marlowe (Castle), Darren Star (Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) sat on the stage to discuss their television programs. Billed as a conversation with ABC showrunners about developing and selling pilots and ensuring a series' "long term vitality," the hour and a half panel discussion moderated by Variety's Cynthia Littleton turned out to be more revelatory than that, giving an insiders' peek into the minutia and multitude of decisions required daily to nurse/cajole/prod a weekly television program to success.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 6, 2011 8:25 AM
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Columbia, Moritz to Remake Japanese Hit Big Man Japan

Columbia Pictures and Original Film producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast Five) plan to develop a remake to potential franchise Big Man Japan, a 2007 hit in Japan that was released stateside in 2009. Columbia optioned both remake and sequel rights of the Hitoshi Matsumoto bumbling monster comedy from Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd. Screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) are doing the adaptation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2011 6:17 AM
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Anna Karenina Update: Joe Wright Casts Knightley, Law, MacFadyen, Macdonald, Ronan, Johnson

The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty, Dolly's sister), Aaron Johnson (Anna's lover, Vronsky), Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Levin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cars 2 & Fast Five Mashup

Check out ScreenRant's mash-up of Fast Five and Cars 2:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2011 5:05 AM
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MTV Movie Awards Show Pushes Raunch with Pattinson/Lautner Kiss, F-Bombs, Sex Tape Advice

Amidst all the shameless self-promotion and PR-mongering that is the MTV Movie Awards, inappropriate behavior raged on at the Sunday night event. There was Jason Sudeikis's "I might be a dad soon," Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis's groping, alluding to what "may or may not be" Blake Lively, Rob Pattinson kissing Taylor Lautner and in his intro for The Generation Award-winner, boasting to his Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon: "I did get to fuck you."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 4:49 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1; Bella and Edward Get Married UPDATED

The MTV Movie Awards Sunday night glorified golden couple Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart--with not just an award for "Best Kiss," but many more, for their last Twilight installment, Eclipse. Twilight scored five out of twelve awards, with Rob Pattinson beating The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg for best actor--even if I happily belong to Team Edward, that's absurd. So is Kristen Stewart beating best actress Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Please. Here's a red carpet gallery. Full list of winners below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2011 11:36 AM
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X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down

X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down
X-Men: First Class's $56 million opening (no 3-D premium ticket sales) marks a big win for most of the folks involved. But there are a few losers, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2011 6:55 AM
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Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million

Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million
Great reviews propelled reboot X-Men: First Class to a solid if not stellar $56 million opening. Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.Fox’s X-Men: First Class easily aced its weekend course in box office math by absorbing a solid $56 million into Fox’s coffers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 5, 2011 4:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The trailer for Rupert Wyatt's prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco as a scientist run amuck and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) as a smart primate, looks pretty creepy. Here's more on WETA's VFX. Fox releases the pic on August 5. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelow also star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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