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Production Watch: It's Young Saoirse Ronan for Snow White & Hobbit; Hanna Clips

With Saoirse Ronan in talks for the title role in Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White opposite The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Prince, the question arises: is Ronan too young for Hammer? While it's traditional fairy tale form to have girls paired with men, Ronan, who will be 17 in April, seems a young teenager to Hammer's mature-looking 24. (Julia Roberts is playing the Evil Queen.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 5:50 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Immersive Thrill Ride Human Flight 3D Opens September 30 Nationwide

The film industry's latest technological innovation--portable 3-D cameras-- will take moviegoers on an immersive aerial thrill ride, promises Northern Lights Entertainment chief Carl Samson, who will open Human Flight 3D nationally on September 30, followed by a worldwide release. Northern Lights will preview footage from the movie in 3-D at the CinemaCon exhibitor convention this week in Las Vegas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 4:58 AM
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Sundance Hit Steve James Doc The Interrupters Lands Distributor

U.S. rights for Sundance documentary favorite, The Interrupters, have gone to the The Cinema Guild. The film, from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and author, producer and collaborator Alex Kotlowitz (bestseller, There Are No Children Here and author of the 2008 NYT article that inspired the film, Blocking the Transmission of Violence), follows three "Violence Interruptors" in Chicago -- former gang members who intervene in violent situations as they unfold in order to protect their community. The film will have a theatrical release this summer, followed by a PBS Frontline broadcast and a digital release by PBS Distribution in 2012. The Interrupters premiered at Sundance and won the Doc Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival and True/False's 2011 True Life Fund.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 4:04 AM
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Good Advice on Changing from Print to Digital Model

It's tough for newspaper owners and execs to recognize that the days of large staffs and high exec pay are gone. That's why so many publications hang onto print for dear life, because the ads are worth so much more than online advertising. But I have never forgotten what Marc Andreessen once said to Charlie Rose: every newspaper should stop printing NOW and figure out how to survive online. Journal Register Company (JRC) CEO John Paton (@jxpaton) addressed newspaper execs via "Ten Tweets to Transform Newspapers":From MediaXchange 2011 stage my Ten Tweets To Transform Newspapers - starting now #naamxc11 #jrc jxpaton March 26, 2011 at 7:48
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2011 9:07 AM
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Superman News: Amy Adams Lands Lois Lane Opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel

Zack Snyder, whose Sucker Punch disappointed at the weekend box office, called Amy Adams Sunday from Paris with the news that she has landed the role of Metropolis newspaper reporter Lois Lane in the latest reboot of Superman, reports the LAT's Hero Complex. While Adams, 36, earned her third Oscar nomination for The Fighter (TOH interview here), this marks her first major studio franchise. She will star opposite Henry Cavill as fellow reporter Clark Kent and love interest the Man of Steel; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play the Krypton superhero's adoptive parents. Snyder told the LAT:“There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2011 6:54 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Wimpy Kid Steals Sucker Punch's Lunch

Weekend Box Office: Wimpy Kid Steals Sucker Punch's Lunch
The weekend started out strong for Zack Snyder's much-anticipated Sucker Punch, but ended better for family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Talk about the boys stealing the girls’ lunch: Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was the big man at the box office bullying the No. 1 spot away with $24.4 million from Warner Bros.’ kewpie dolls action flick Sucker Punch, which fell wounded in second with $19 million. Although Sucker Punch ruled Friday with $8 million, fanboys turned their backs on the film Saturday with a day-to-day drop of 17%.  Meanwhile, Rodrick Rules rallied a 39% spike Saturday thanks to family matinees. The weekend box office illustrates that a robust film campaign for an original title (Warners' Sucker Punch) is no match for a pre-sold brand (Fox's kid lit franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  See Box Office Chart, film details, review links and trailers below.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 27, 2011 4:54 AM
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Relativity Finds Prince Armie Hammer for Snow White

Someday Snow White's prince will come, and it looks like it's The Social Network's Armie Hammer. Relativity has cast Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott in its untitled adventure Snow White, a contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). Hammer joins Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Saoirse Ronan is in talks for the title role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2011 6:25 AM
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Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles

Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles
"It's content," says Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman of the continuing downward trend at the box office in 2011. What that means is that the movies being churned out by the studios during the first quarter are not connecting with audiences. Fellman denies that the young male demo has departed the multiplex: just wait until Hangover 2, he says, along with all the commercial films coming this summer. Warners will present a show reel of their upcoming product to exhibitors at the new NATO-controlled CinemaCon next week, where Paramount is expected to screen 22 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8, among other reels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 9:46 AM
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Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises

Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises
With the annual box office at $1.93 billion, down 21% from last year, the film industry is holding out for a hero. Many were looking for succor from this weekend's Sucker Punch, the latest offering by director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), a visually gifted fanboy who knows what guys want. Anthony D'Alessandro examines the film's assets and liabilities and reports on why Hollywood likes to target the fanboy demo, from Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises. Inspired by Japanese Anime and the adult cartoon Heavy Metal, Sucker Punch, co-written by Snyder and his college buddy Steve Shibuya, follows a band of female mental patients who retreat into their own hyper-violent fantasy world as they plot to break out of a 60s insane asylum. Going into the weekend, Sucker Punch's tracking drew well ahead of Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a family sequel that should score in the high teens over three days. But with current estimates pegging the film at a low $20-million bow, Sucker Punch is looking to be a gamble stateside for distributor/co-financier Warner Bros. Here’s what Sucker Punch faces at the box office:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 25, 2011 6:35 AM
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Post-Oscar: Weinstein Co.'s Future Slate, PG-13 King's Speech

Post-Oscar: Weinstein Co.'s Future Slate, PG-13 King's Speech
The question for The Weinstein Co. post-Oscars: how will the company run going forward? Will Harvey Weinstein's restored Oscar mojo with The King's Speech's four Oscar wins unleash his voracious appetites (he has been in buying mode), or will he keep himself in line?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 6:14 AM
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