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Watch: Kutcher as Steve 'jOBS' Argues Against Belief that 'Nobody Wants to Buy a Computer' in First Clip

A first clip for Sundance closer "jOBS" has landed. The film, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the eponymous Apple innovator, screens in Park City on January 27 and opens April 19 via Open Road.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 2:37 PM
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Bond Hit 'Skyfall' Releases on DVD and Blu-ray February 12; All Six Bonds At the Academy Awards

Bond box-office hit "Skyfall" is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on February 12 in North America and February 18 in the UK. The film will release on DigitalHD across all digital stores (including Amazon and iTunes) on February 5.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 2:17 PM
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Focus Forward Short Filmmaking Competition Announces $100K Grand Prize Winner, 'Cyborg Foundation' [WATCH]

The Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition has announced Rafel Duran Torrent from Barcelona, Spain, as their grand prize winner. Torrent has been awarded $100K for his short film "Cyborg Foundation." You can watch the winning film below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 1:36 PM
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Warner Bros. Wants Ron Howard 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Chris Hemsworth

Warner Bros. is fishing for Ron Howard to direct 19th century drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. Chris Hemsworth is already on board to star as a sailor on the Essex, the doomed sea vessel which inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 1:17 PM
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Filming Begins in London on 'Hello Carter,' Starring Charlie Cox and Paul Schneider

Principle shooting has begun on "Hello Carter," a London-based comedy helmed by first-time director Anthony Wilcox. Charlie Cox ("Stardust") stars in the title role, alongside Jodie Whittaker ("Attack the Block"), Paul Schneider ("The Newsroom," "Bright Star") and Judy Parfitt ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 12:48 PM
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WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' Kicks off with Director Bill Condon and Benedict Cumberbatch

Production of "The Fifth Estate" has kicked off with director Bill Condon at the helm. The material is certainly heavier than Condon's "Twilight" films, as it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the controversial story of Wikileaks' early days...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 12:46 PM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Documentary 'After Tiller' a Sensitive Look at Third-Trimester Abortion

Critics generally agree that Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary "After Tiller" is an intelligent, nuanced and sensitive portrait of the last four remaining doctors in the U.S. who perform third-trimester abortions. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 12:06 PM
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HBO Renews 'Girls' For a Third Season

HBO has renewed "Girls" for a third season. Star and executive producer Lena Dunham (who also writes and directs episodes of the show) reportedly told Alec Baldwin in a Podcast earlier this week that Season Three would begin filming "at the end of March."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 11:41 AM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Tame 'Lovelace' Goes Down Too Smooth

"Lovelace," Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's portrait of the personal life of "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), isn't impressing the critics. While the occasional review finds Seyfried and co-star Peter Sarsgaard's performances to be engaging, most deem the actors' talents squandered in an oddly tame film that's "movie-of-the-week melodrama." Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 11:19 AM
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Sundance Her Infinite Variety Panel: Women Writer-Directors Talk Turkey

“I couldn’t find the things going on in my life up on the screen, so I wrote this to fill that void,” said Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner ("Running on Empty"), who made her directing debut 20 years after writing "Very Good Girls," which premiered at Sundance Wednesday night.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • January 24, 2013 6:14 AM
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