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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars,' George Lucas is 'Her Yoda,' Wanting the Oscar for 'Lincoln' and More

In the first in-depth profile of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter talks with Kennedy about nabbing J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars Episode VII," and George Lucas' involvement with the new film. They also speak with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Kennedy's husband, producer Frank Marshall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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Jack Nicholson Reigns on Sony Movie Channel Oscar Night and Month of February, Retrospective Includes 'Chinatown,' 'Five Easy Pieces' and More

The Sony Movie Channel is celebrating the early films of Jack Nicholson throughout February as part of its Friday Features showcase. Eight films are included in the Nicholson salute, including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Drive He Said," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "A Safe Place," "Chinatown"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2013 1:18 PM
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Casting Watch: Eva Green Will Star in Rodriguez' 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' with JGL & Brolin UPDATED

Eva Green will play the lead role of Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-gestating "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a character described in the graphic novels as "every man's most glorious dreams come true, she's also every man's darkest nightmares."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Barbra Streisand to Perform on Oscar Telecast for First Time in 36 Years

Two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand will perform at the Academy Awards on February 24. Streisand has performed only once before at the ceremony, 36 years ago in 1977, when she performed the love theme from "A Star is Born" and won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen" on the the same night.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:21 PM
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Disney's Mysterious '1952' Clooney Project Entitled 'Tomorrowland'

Disney's top secret project, known as "1952" while in development, has been given an official title: "Tomorrowland." George Clooney is on board to star. The story was developed by director Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and EW writer Jeff Jensen. Bird and Lindelof wrote the screenplay. Rumors have swirled about the film's subject. Is "1952" the working title for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII"? Or perhaps about the founding of Disney's Imagineering division in 1952?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2013 12:15 PM
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Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:04 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'For No Good Reason,' Documentary on Gonzo Cartoonist Ralph Steadman with Johnny Depp

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut, "For No Good Reason." The documentary centers on British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his artwork with author Hunter S. Thompson, and features Johnny Depp observing Steadman's working process at his home studio.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 11:44 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Mashall Harvey on Preston Sturges' 'Unfaithfully Yours'

Comedy Classics! week continues at Trailers from Hell with editor Marshall Harvey introducing Preston Sturges' "Unfaithfully Yours," originally conceived in 1932 but not made until after Sturges left Paramount in 1948.
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  • January 30, 2013 10:55 AM
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Miami Film Fest Announces Lineup for 30th Edition, Bookended by Docs 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' and 'Venus and Serena'

The lineup for the 30th Miami International Film Festival, running March 1-10, has been announced. Presented by Miami Dade College, the festival will feature 117 features and 12 shorts from some 41 countries. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which recently opened the Sundance Film Festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 4:09 PM
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