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JFK Assassination Pic 'Parkland' Begins Lensing in Austin with Giamatti, Thornton, Weaver, Harden, Strong, Haley and Hanks

JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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Weinstein Co. Begins Production on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel in May

The Weinstein Company will reportedly start production in May on a sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Lee is not returning to helm the film; directing reins will instead go to veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:54 PM
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Leonard Maltin to Host 3-D Creative Arts Awards, Ang Lee Honored with Creative Achievement Award for 'Life of Pi'

Renowned critic, author and film historian Leonard Maltin will host the International 3-D Society's fourth annual 3-D Creative Arts Awards on February 6.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:43 PM
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Sundance Deal: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

IFC has sealed a deal for U.S. rights to David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The acquisition reportedly came after a battle involving the company and three other distributors that lasted through the night of January 24 and into the morning of the 25th.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:11 PM
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Sundance Review Roundup: 'Blue Caprice' an Eerie Thriller Exploring the 2002 Beltway Snipers

Critics are raving about Sundance NEXT section entry "Blue Caprice," directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the 2002 sniper attacks in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The film is an "eerie, disquieting, veritie-style exploration" of the killers' psychologies, while refusing any easy thrills. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 11:40 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Hammer's 'Pirates of Blood River'

Get Hammered! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's "The Pirates of Blood River," in which Hammer regular Christopher Lee steals the show as a ruthless pirate captain invading an island settlement looking for treasure.
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  • January 25, 2013 10:55 AM
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Sundance: Magnolia Eyeing 'V/H/S' Anthology Sequel 'S-VHS'

Magnolia is set to press play with "S-VHS," the sequel to horror anthology "V/H/S." The new pic includes entries from directors Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, and Gareth Huw Evans and Timo Tjahjanto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 4:52 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix May Reteam for 1969-Set Comedy 'Inherent Vice'

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "Inherent Vice." The duo's "The Master" topped many high-brow Best of 2012 lists, and Phoenix even got an Oscar nomination despite his disdain for campaigning and his opinion that awards are "total utter bullshit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 4:24 PM
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Sundance Names Alfred P. Sloan Award Winner 'Computer Chess'; Lab Fellowship Recipient Nicole Kassell for 'Prodigal Summer'

Sundance announces the winner of its tenth annual Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the fest's 2013 edition: "Computer Chess," from director Andrew Bujalski. Sundance's Keri Putnam states that the prize "recognizes projects grounded in the exploration of math, science and technology...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 3:41 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Opens Up About 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Torture and Truth on TIME Cover Story and Colbert Report

In addition to her appearance on the Colbert Report (watch below), "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is the center of this week's TIME cover story, "Art of Darkness." The director, who rarely speaks with the press, is opening up to deal with and defend herself against the controversy surrounding "ZDT" and its torture debate.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 3:02 PM
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