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SPC To Release Roman Polanski's Carnage; Based on Play God of Carnage, at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre

Sony Pictures Classics will release Roman Polanski's Carnage in North America in late 2011. The film, which wrapped in Paris last month, is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony-Award winning play, God of Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Carnage takes place in Brooklyn, NY, and follows two sets of parents who meet to calmly discuss their children's playground fight but end up behaving like kids themselves.  Sony states: “In today’s world of moviemaking, Roman Polanski, his screenwriting partner Yasmina Reza, his cast, his crew, and his producer Said Ben Said represent the best of the best.  We are so fortunate and pleased to bring Carnage, which promises to be an experience of intense emotion and hilarity, to the American audiences.”
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  • April 14, 2011 5:06 AM
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Peter Jackson Posts First The Hobbit Report, Complete with Maori Ceremony and Andy Serkis in Dots

Peter Jackson looks happy to be back in Wellywood recreating for The Hobbit many of the same sets from The Lord of the Rings. As the film was about to start shooting, he admits during a Maori opening ceremony, he had thought for a long time that he would not want to return to the world of The Lord of the Rings, but he changed his mind. Movies can be stressful and hard to make, he says, but it's really about the people you work with. UPDATE: Watch it below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 2:13 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Fox presented a Weta Digital livestream event Wednesday with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August) VFX master Joe Letteri and Andy Serkis, who plays wily ape Caesar (video below). They also revealed this trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 1:27 AM
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Drew Barrymore's How To Be Single Is Not A Rom-Com: "A Little Bit Ageless And Not Gender Specific"

In March, Drew Barrymore announced her sophomore directing project (after underrated Whip It): New Line Cinema's How To Be Single. Based on Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel, the story chronicles ten years of breakups for a group of New Yorkers. Barrymore is producing with her Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen (Flower Films’s first producing effort was Never Been Kissed in 1999).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 12:01 PM
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Sidney Poitier to Be Honored by Film Society of Lincoln Center, Star Presenters

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present Sidney Poitier with the 38th Annual Chaplin Award on May 2. The list of presenters set to honor Poitier includes Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, Dan Aykroyd, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Lulu, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Quentin Tarantino and Ruby Dee. Clips from Poitier's film and television career highlights will be screened during the event.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 11:58 AM
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Harry Shearer Talks Expose The Big Uneasy, Media Coverage of Katrina, Spike Lee's "Canards"

Harry Shearer Talks Expose The Big Uneasy, Media Coverage of Katrina, Spike Lee's "Canards"
The tagline for Harry Shearer's The Big Uneasy, a Katrina doc that digs into the Army Corps of Engineers' role in the post-hurricane New Orleans flood, reads "Natural Disaster? You Don't Know the Half Of It." Shearer is well-known to public radio listeners for his weekly Sunday talkfest Le Show; the Renaissance man is not only a sharp and funny writer-actor-producer-director and mockumentarian (This is Spinal Tap, For Your Consideration, The Simpsons) but a well-versed media commentator and blogger for The Huffington Post. The half-time New Orleans resident is dead-serious when covering the Katrina debacle. On the eve of the hurricane's fifth anniversary, he decided that putting his own more deeply reported documentary into the conversation might help bring the mainstream media up to speed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 11:27 AM
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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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