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AFM News: FilmDistrict Acquires Drive, Starring Gosling and Mulligan

FilmDistrict has picked up Drive, the Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan action film currently shooting in Los Angeles with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson), which is selling at the American Film Market.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 7:52 AM
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AFI Fest 2010 Special Presentations

AFI Fest 2010 Special Presentations
AFI Fest 2010 announces their Special Presentations, including the LAT's Young Hollywood Roundtable with Carey Mulligan, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (7pm, Nov. 5 at The Egyptian), Cinema's Legacy with Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (2pm, Nov. 7 at The Egyptian), On Acting: A Conversations with Halle Berry (Nov. 9, 7pm, Grauman's Chinese), a 3-D Bootcamp with a preview of select TRON: Legacy footage (10am, Nov. 10 at Mann's Chinese), and a "Secret Screening" of a soon-to-be-released film which will be announced the day of (9:30pm, Nov. 9, 9:30 at Grauman's Chinese). Additional free tickets are released today for these events, go to AFI Fest for more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 7:24 AM
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Variety Shuffles Editorial Deck, Hollywood Reporter Launches Glossy Weekly

As newly flush The Hollywood Reporter poses a more robust threat than it ever has to Variety's one-time dominance of the trade space (its first glossy weekly, a fat 156 pages, hits stands Wednesday), Variety is moving its editorial deck chairs. Variety editor Tim Gray has turned to the solid news muscle in the daily bullpen, appointing ex-Hollywood Reporter editor Cynthia Littleton (who returned to Variety three years ago) and Brian Cochrane as deputy editors in charge of news. Thus Variety is not hiring a new editor to replace exiting daily editor Leo Wolinsky, who was let go Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2010 5:29 AM
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Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizing" actor who "brings a stinging intensity to his performances. He riveted audiences with his portrayal in No Country for Old Men and continues to raise the bar in his latest film, Biutiful.  Javier Bardem now ranks among the cinematic elite." Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan will also be receiving awards at the PSIFF, as previously announced.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 5:20 AM
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Weather Report: Girls in Minis

It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2010 4:01 AM
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Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest
Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Tolerance Award" at the festival Gala on November 14. Clinton's Gran Torino (2008) will have a special presentation during the festival. Among the other films are Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham (2010), Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's documentary 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010), Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle (2010) from Michael Henry Wilson, When We Leave (2010, Germany) from Feo Aladag, plus special presentations of Kimberly Peirce's Boy's Don't Cry (1999), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) and more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 3:28 AM
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Tim League Talks Alamo, Four Lions, Badass Digest, Fantastic Fest

Tim League Talks Alamo, Four Lions, Badass Digest, Fantastic Fest
Austin exhibitor Tim League came to Los Angeles to promote the November 5 release of rookie director Chris Morris's fest hit Four Lions, the first film to be released by his expanding dinner-theater chain, The Alamo Drafthouse. We talked about the success of the Alamo theaters, the Austin film scene, hiring CHUD's Devin Faraci to create Alamo's new blog, Badass Digest, and why League felt compelled to launch indie distributor Drafthouse Films with a British terrorist comedy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2010 8:48 AM
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Danny Boyle Talks 127 Hours: Intense Reality, Franco, Crowds, Rahman

In this video interview, Danny Boyle talks about his decisions on 127 Hours, including: how intense should the climactic scene with hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco) be for audiences? He has to hack through his arm's muscle and bone to extricate himself from an unmovable Utah boulder pinning him in a remote canyon, where no one knows his location. Obviously, as there have been repeated instances of audience members fainting during the scene, it is too realistic for some people. And Boyle worries about this: to him it is not a fun marketing ploy. It could in fact keep moviegoers away. But truth is, the movie pushes us to root for the stranded hiker's survival. It is a true story about isolation, endurance, and connection. (Here's the piece I wrote in Toronto, including a flip cam interview with Boyle and Franco.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2010 8:17 AM
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In Production: New Bond Secrets, Damon's Zoo Co-Star, Singh Directs One of Three Snow Whites

- Writer Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector was made into a film back in 1999 starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. Now Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. has enlisted him to reinvent James Bond. Project X will be published in May and plot details are hush-hush, but Deaver did reveal to USA Today that the story "is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He's 29 or 30 years old, and he's an Afghan war vet." Deaver is picking up the story from where Fleming's fourteen novels left off, not from the cinematic adaptations, he says: "I want to stay true to the original James Bond, who many people don't know much about." He acknowledges that while Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have contributed to the Bond legacy, "the original Bond was [actually] a very dark, edgy character." The first Bond, Connery, came closest to incarnating Fleming's Cold War British spy.
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  • November 2, 2010 7:23 AM
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IFC Films to Re-Release Landmark Documentary Shoah

IFC Films is re-releasing Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour landmark French documentary, Shoah to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. On December 10 the film will screen at New York City's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and at the IFC Center on Christmas Eve; it will break nationally in the new year.
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  • November 2, 2010 5:05 AM
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