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MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 11:15 AM
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Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 6:26 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far

The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far
Here's the rundown. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012. The cast so far, pictured, is listed below, including newly announced Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, and Katie Holmes (says IMDb). ThePlaylist reminds us that this will be an old-fashioned 35 mm 2-D film shot at 24 frames per second. With faces like these, who can complain? Let the plot speculation continue.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 6:15 AM
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Roger Ebert's TED Talk 2011: Finding His Voice Through The Internet

This March, Roger Ebert presented at the TED 2011 Conference. Check out his Talk below, in which he tells the courageous story of finding his voice through the internet after battling cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 4:59 AM
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Elizabeth Taylor at 24? Nude Portrait is Dancer Lee Evans UPDATE

The London Daily Mail is posting a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at 24, reportedly taken by close friend Roddy McDowall when she was dating producer Mike Todd:He persuaded her to pose naked by promising her it would be done tastefully. She then gave it to Todd as a present after he proposed in 1956 – the pair married a few months later but the relationship was tragically short-lived. Todd was killed 13 months after their wedding day when his private plane crashed during a storm over New Mexico.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 4:03 AM
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Cannes Update: Van Sant's Restless Opens Un Certain Regard, Pirates 4 Gets Slot

It's prestigious for Gus Van Sant's Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska, to land the opening night slot of Un Certain Regard (May 12) at Cannes, but it isn't as lofty as a competition spot. That selection is reserved for the real "art films," the auteur slots vying for the coveted Palme d'or.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 3:58 AM
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2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects
The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and film industry experts for a year. The recipients, listed below, will be honored at a luncheon during the Tribeca Film Festival, running April 20-May 1. Co-chairman of the Tribeca Board Jane Rosenthal states:“Over the past 10 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been an essential part of Tribeca, as well as  the film community, by providing funds to help compelling films with science and technology themes to be made. We look forward to the continued success of the program, including this year’s deserving group of grantees.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 9:59 AM
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Five Jennifer Lawrence Quotes from May's Teen Vogue: Cheerleading, Katniss & Big Lebowski

Jennifer Lawrence scored big landing The Hunger Games franchise, on top of her Winter's Bone Oscar nomination and upcoming role in X-Men: First Class (trailer below). Hence, she's landed the cover of Teen Vogue. She calls herself a "massive fan" of the Hunger Games series and says she understands fans' excitement and dedication to her Katniss Everdeen character. Here are five quotes (and a picture) from her interview with Teen Vogue, out April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 9:56 AM
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Tom Hanks To Star in Tykwer and Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, Selling at Cannes

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is the kind of book that presents a challenge to turn into a movie. But Tom Hanks wants to star in the sprawling multi-layered narrative, which will be adapted by German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and The Matrix filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski, who will co-write and co-direct (they're not the Wachowski brothers anymore). Their home studio, Warner Bros., will release the film in North America. But Focus International will sell foreign rights to the film, which is in pre-production for a September shoot, in Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 9:05 AM
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Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office

Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office
Some online headline-mongering makes me crazy. Basically, the idea is to take a celebrity name and fashion a question around it. In this case, did James Franco's lousy Oscar hosting lead to last weekend's weak opening of Your Highness?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 8:12 AM
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